I, Robot Unknown Binding – 1969
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Another fascinating science fiction book from Isaac Asimov. A collection of his Short stories with a robotic theme: Robbie Runaround Reason Catch that Rabbit Liar! Little Lost Robot Escape! Evidence The Evitable Conflict
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18 March 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Let's get one thing straight from the start. Anybody expecting this book to be a faithful word-by-word novelisation of the Will Smith film of the same name is going to be disappointed - unless they've got any taste. It would be more accurate to say that the film merely used the title, which Asimov himself admitted was "borrowed" from an earlier novel about robots, and hinted at one of the stories included here in its narrative. "I, Robot" is a collection of Asimov's early classic stories about robots in which he not only invented the term "robotics" but laid down the laws which transformed robots from creatures bent on destruction into valuable tools that would benefit modern civilisation. The stories contained within seem rather twee and naïve by today's standards, particularly the opener "Robbie", but they still manage to exude charm, originality and inventiveness. By way of contrast, the closing tale, "The Evitable Conflict", is a very wordy socio-political dialogue of almost Platonic proportions. The ones inbetween cover the adventures of field-testers Donovan and Powell, and the career of robo-psychologist Susan Calvin, possibly the first sci-fi heroine who wasn't a young, glamorous blonde. I first read "I, Robot" at about the age Asimov was when he wrote the individual short stories and they have never failed to fascinate me. Unfortunately, it means I can no longer take any sci-fi which uses robots as weapons of destruction seriously. Which is no great loss believe me.
16 April 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I read this in my early 20is and thought they were great and deeply intense stories. Now at mid 60s the stories are still good but I've also grown up. Recommend reading for anybody interested in Si-Fi as Asimov was very influential in the way people thought about the future. I love the reference to 2010 etc as if we would have conquered the Universe by then.
3 January 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
decent book, this is the book you need if you're doing an OU degree on computing and your next module is robotics, miles cheaper than anywhere else i found it, and when it arrived it was in great condition, packaged really well, great service from the seller!
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I, Robot is a great collection of robot stories. I believe it is more engaging concerning robots than is the Robot series, which I enjoyed more for the story than for the robots.Read more
A true masterpiece and a SF classic. It consists of nine interconnected short stories that together tell the tale of how the robots gain ascendancy over Earth.Read more
A book from my youth, which I bought for my son, but unfortunately he is more into Harry Potter, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
My review of two stars may seem a little harsh for such a classic book but im afraid its because the book was nothing like I thought it would be.Read more
I first read this collection of short stories in 1969: I was fascinated by what then seemed the brave new world of space exploration, and by the role that robots might play.Read more