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Robot Dreams (The Robot Series) [Kindle Edition]

Isaac Asimov
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Book Description

Robot Dreams spans the body of Asimov's fiction from the 1940s to the mid-80s, and features classic Asimovian themes, from the scientific puzzle to the extraterrestrial thriller, all introduced in an exclusive essay written especially for this collection.

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"This collection gathers 20 of Asimov's greatest (with Asimov, the word 'great' is no mere hyperbole), older short stories, plus one tale written especially for this book, and an important essay... represents the top picks from a 40-year career...some rarely seen."

About the Author

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Isaac Asimov was one of the most famous, honoured and widely read science fiction authors of all time. Born in Russia but raised in the USA, his career as an SF writer began in 1939 with 'Marooned Off Vesta', in Amazing Stories. His output was prolific by any standards - in a career spanning five decades, he wrote more than four hundred books, won six Hugos, two Nebulas and the SFWA Grand Master Award, among many others, and provided pleasure and insight to millions of readers. He died in 1992 at the age of 72.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1568 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0441731546
  • Publisher: Byron Preiss Visual Publications (12 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078W0X14
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stories are excellent. Kindle formatting poor 25 Mar. 2012
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I'm a big Asimov fan and his short stories are well renowned. These are no exception and I enjoyed them immensely. The only issue was the poor formatting in Kindle. The stories had occasional spurious characters within them and paragraph structure was poor meaning that often conversations started halfway in a line making reading awkward.

That aside; the quality of the stories more than make up for this and I would happily buy more Isaac Asimov offerings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Robots largely a dream 8 Nov. 2012
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I bought this volume to refresh my memories of Asimov's Robot short stories, but was disappointed to find that few of those included featured robots. They are nevertheless well crafted tales, whose main interest now is how prophetic, or otherwise, the "science" has proved to be. This is something that Asimov's own forward waxes eleoquently about. Otherwise the Kindle version has its now expected burden of misspelled and badly parsed errors. Despite Amazon's claims to the contrary, these books are being transcribed to digital format rather badly.

With these reservations, if you are interested in vintage SCi-Fi, this is worth having in your collection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Isaac Asimov's best robot book 23 Oct. 2001
This book is a compilation of most of his robot stories with a brief introduction and some brilliantly written essays at the end exploring the future of robotics (the word "robotics" was coined by Asimov himself!)and their place with mankind. The book has beautifull illustrations throughout by the artist Ralph Mcquarrie, the star wars artist. The only bad point is that several of the stories occur in I, Robot.
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"Robot Dreams" is an anthology by Asimov and even if he was known by his robot stories, those that I considered the best in this book are about something else.

There are four short stories that seem the most representative: "Robot Dreams"; "The Last Question"; "The Ugly Little Robot" and "The Billiard Ball". Each of that quartet has a concept which gives a sense of greatness. Allow me to explain.

"Robot Dreams", the short story that gives the book a title, is about a robot that dreams a future not good to humans. The maximum expression of freedom to a being which supposedly can't have freedom.

"The Last Question" deals directly with the search for knowledge. During the entire span of existence of Humankind and beyond (through the Multivac) there is a haunting question "How can entropy of the universe can be decreased?". Amazing story and unexpected ending.

"The Ugly Little Robot" is about a Neandartal boy and a nurse. What a heart warming story...

"The Billiard Ball", a story of the friction of theorical science and engineering. The greatest mind of each side "fights" to be the best.

Of course the remaining stories are also good, some more than others. And all have something new to teach us.

Definitely a book to buy and keep.

Till next time,
M.I.T.H. (ManInsideTheHelm)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Appallingly Bad OCR/Formatting 7 Oct. 2013
By Canoe
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This book is absolutely full of incorrectly formatted sentences and mis-scanned words. Possibly the worst conversion to an e-book I've ever seen. Absolutely no proofing or quality control has gone into it, it's been scanned and dumped into the market for a quick buck. I'd like to see the publisher have the guts to actually issue a revised version with the hundreds, yes hundreds, of format and scan errors corrected.

Having said this, some of Asimov's classics are within, - if you can get past the nightmare of an e-book gone wrong. .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Don't be put off by the title of my review, as this book is really good. However when I bought this book, taking account of its name, i expected a whole lot of robot stuff. Instead, this book has a few robot stories and then it goes on with science fiction unrelated to robots.
I am not saying that this book is bad, but if you expected to have a book with over 400 pages packed with infomation and stories about robots, get another book like Robot Visions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding short stories 11 May 2014
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I have read and been disappointed by several of Asimov's novels including the Foundation series and the robot series featuring Elijah Baley and R Daneel Olivaw.

However the short stories are exceptional. The title story alone is worth the price of purchase and makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.
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