I, Robot

 Posted by on September 13, 2013  Science Fiction
Sep 132013
I, RobotI, Robot by Isaac Asimov
Published by Gnome Press, 1950
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 253
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Synopsis: Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world--all told with the dramatic blend of science fact & science fiction that became Asmiov's trademark. (adapted from Amazon.com)

In the twenty-first century, the first image that most people associate with “I, Robot” is Will Smith  – violently blasting his way through hordes of evil robots.  Not many are familiar with the nine short stories written and collected under the same title by Isaac Asimov, more than half a century prior to the release of the Blockbuster film.  Asimov’s masterpiece is a seminal work of science fiction, a pioneering light that thinks critically about what was the largely-unexplored field of robotics.

The series of loosely-linked stories focus on the use and impact of robots in a human society not too far in the future.  The robots are servants of mankind, bound in their actions by the Three Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot must not kill a human being.
  2. A robot must not put itself in danger except to save a human.
  3. A robot must obey humans unless their orders conflict with the first two laws.

Asimov’s stories are short and to-the-point, yet they teach powerful lessons about technology, society, and dependance on others.  Seeing the movie is no excuse for not reading the book.  It is a powerful and inventive classic that continues to puzzle and intrigue readers today.


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