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This is most definitely a story of two halves. The first half has survived the years since its publication in 1943 really rather well.

Opening with a description of an interstellar storm of epic proportions where matter and anti-matter collide and annihilate one another releasing enormous amounts of energy in the process. This description was made possible at the time of writing by the relatively recent discovery of the positron and the excitement that the possibility of anti-matter produced even made it into the science fiction of the day, even though the word antimatter is not actually used in the story.

Against the backdrop of this storm a huge intergalactic battleship capable of subduing entire civilisations has just found a race of robots - robots who have hidden themselves away for a very long time and have no intention of being brought back under the control of humanity.

The second half of this story explores the relationship between a robot man and a human woman and was probably considered enlightened and perhaps even slightly risqué at the time, but unfortunately the fact that some things even needed to be said really does make the ideas being expressed feel dated and old fashioned.

The Kindle presentation is pretty good throughout, and there is even a decent pulp style cover picture.

Overall - 3 stars: Even though the second half of the story has not aged that well, this is still classic pulp science fiction from a master storyteller and I enjoyed most of the forty minutes or so it took me to read the story.
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on 28 June 2013
I read this years ago in a compilation of short stories. Some good ideas that haven't really dated although the social interaction is showing its age slightly.

The only reason this didn't get five stars is the price. I felt a little bit 'done' because this is a real 'short' story.
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on 22 August 2014
So typical Asimov, short and sharp. No wasted words. I wonder if he ever expanded this story.
Loved it. Definitely worth a read.
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on 9 March 2013
I always liked A E Van Vogt. This didn't disappoint but I wish it had been one of his longer stories.
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on 16 March 2015
a reasonable read
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on 21 May 2013
I suspect this will only be really appreciated by hard core, dedicated sci fi fans. I found it a bit slow and uninspiring. But that's just my humble opinion. Ratings for books are like any other art form. You either like it or not.
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