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Isaac Asimov's Caliban Hardcover – 12 Aug 1993

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (12 Aug. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857981359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857981353
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caliban is the first of a spin off trilogy to Issac Asimov's robot series so though you could read them as a stand alone set I advise you read the others first as much of the background history will be a lot clearer. So ideally you should read these first:

(Quadrilogy)
1 -Caves of Steel
2 -The Naked Sun
3 -The Robots of Dawn
4 -Robots and Empire

Despite having Asimov's name on the cover this book was actually written by a different sci-fi author, Roger Macbride Allen, and what a fantastic job he does. Not only does this feel exactly like an Asimov robot book but Allen also throws in unique ideas that actually challenge the legendary three laws of robotics resulting in a clever and gripping novel.

The book is set on one of the 50 spacer worlds Inferno where a robot powers up over an unconscious woman in a pool of blood. His name is Caliban and he is different from other robots, he leaves the lab to discover where he is, who he is, to learn. Sherrif Kresh is called in to investigate the attack, Dr. Leving, the victim is suffering from amnesia due to the head blow and all Kresh knows is there is a possibility, though he thinks it's impossible, that a robot did it and he must find Caliban.
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I enjoyed this robot story. Caliban has a personality, despite being a "robot". This is wonderfully innovative. Asimov was a master at writing stories about robots; nobody even came close.
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Despite (the) description, this book is not about a robot with revised laws. The robot in question has NO laws, and no knowledge of what they are supposed to be. On the run from police, robot-breakers and the organisation who built him, suspected of a murder he has no knowledge of, this robot makes for a gripping read.
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The author expands Asimov's original robotics concepts with a detective story reminiscent of the masters Elijah Bailey tales. Although interesting in content I couldn't help comparing the writers style and ability to Asimov and felt that he came up short with perhaps only 75% of Asimov quality. I'm glad I read the book simply so that I could get some more immersion in Asimov's universe, but ultimately a little dissappointing.
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