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Have Robot Will Travel: [Paperback]

Alexander C. Irvine

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9 Nov 2005
From Alexander C. Irvine, the Locus Award-winning author of A Scattering of Jades, comes a thrilling new robot mystery set in the world of the late SF Grand Master and beloved author, Isaac Asimov. Exiled to the colony Nova Levis, roboticist Derec Avery and Auroran ambassador Ariel Burgess have tried to make their best of their situation, after exposing an anti-robot conspiracy on Earth five years before that cost them their jobs and their freedom. But all that is about to change. . . A human has been murdered on Kopernik, a space station orbiting the Earth, and all the clues point toward a robot as the killer. But how can that be, when robots are programmed to never bring harm to humans? It's a familiar situation for Derec and Ariel-the sort of mystery that led to their current status as political pariahs. Still, not even an exiled robot expert can turn down an opportunity to add his expertise to the investigation, and before too long, Derec is on his way to Kopernik. Ariel, meanwhile, has a mystery of her own to unravel. With the help of old friends-and potentially new enemies-Derec searches for the identity of a killer, unaware that Ariel is walking directly into the center of the web of intrigue.... ALEXANDER C. IRVINE is the critically acclaimed author of A Scattering of Jades, and a native of Ypsilanti, Michigan. His extraordinary stories have appeared in such places as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and Starlight 3. He is a descendant of P.T. Barnum, and once worked as a roller-skating waiter. He currently resides in New England with his wife and twins.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not part of a series!!! 28 Oct 2009
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This book picks up where Tiedemann's series (Mirage, Chimera, Aurora) left off. Do not read this until you have read Tiedemann's or it will make no sense. That said, I liked this book more than Tiedemann's. It actually tells an interesting story. Yes there is one plot strand that should have been dispensed with completely... I refer to the "a Robot has killed a human!" plotline. How many times have we seen this same plot line? I've lost count. The other story line is about the cyborgs who want human rights, while the nefarious crew responsible for cyborgs have their own sick agenda. This deserved to be the sole plotline of the book. It actually evoked some pathos with its portrayal of an aptly-named cyborg village, "Gernika".

Anyway, I was prepared to be frustrated at the end of this book, because it showed all the signs of becoming a series. However I was very pleasantly surprised: the author actually killed off a bunch of bad guys and wrapped the whole storyline up in 10 or 15 pages! YAYY!!! These days it is hard to find an honest-to-god self-contained novel!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Universe Expands 30 Jan 2005
By Lane D. Callahan - Published on Amazon.com
I am always glad to see new books in the asimovian universe. This is a continuation of Mark W. Tiedemann's trilogy featuring Derec Avery and Ariel Burgess from the Robot City series. This one adds a few new twists and turns that not only expands the robot conspiracy started by Daneel Olivaw, but also adds more to the cyborg aspect. This is book that needs to be in your Asmiov collection.
3.0 out of 5 stars A sometimes interesting science fiction tale of a Robot society. 31 Oct 2013
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on Amazon.com
I have always loved science fiction movies and comics. Even though I have read numerous science fiction books, in most cases it was after I had seen the movie or TV series. One thing I did not realize, until I read the other reviews of this book, is that this novel is the second novel in a series.

That is probably why I had such a difficult time relating to the characters when reading this science fiction novel. This book, Have Robot Will Travel by Alexander C. Irvine, is about the developments which occurred five years previously when an anti-robot conspiracy on Earth exiled a roboticist, Deric Avery and Ariel Burgess who is an Auroran ambassador.

In this story a human has been killed, and even though Asimov's three robot rules are installed in every robot, the evidence seems to point toward a robot killing a human. The final battle at the end was interesting but I found this story dragged a little too much for my reading pleasure. Nevertheless, it is an okay story and those who are into this robot series will probably enjoy reading this science fiction novel.

Rating: 3 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Never Trust a Politician)
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 19 Feb 2006
By Alice E. Hadley - Published on Amazon.com
Pleasant addition to the series. Good use of known characters. Interesting situations. Ending too tidy and killed off too many characters if he was planning to broaden the series as the "Star Wars" crowd has done so well.
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