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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; New edition edition (5 Nov. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330330586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330330589
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The Positronic Man’, yet another of the many Science-Fiction books by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, probably has become one of my favourite books in this particular genre. Focusing throughout its entire plot on a robot who gradually takes steps towards becoming human, the characters and world are handled beautifully. At risk of starting this review the wrong way around, the narrative and practically all elements of this novel are fantastic.

The story starts when NDR-113 at the Martin house, being quickly named Andrew by the youngest daughter. He starts doing ‘normal’ household work for the Martins, accidentally discovering a talent for woodworking described by others as “pure art”. He starts earning money, gradually exploring what one might call ‘creativity’ as he does so, and soon he embarks on a quest of sorts to attempt to not only be human but also be granted the same rights. He starts wearing clothes, gets into legal judgments concerning his classification and rights as a robot, learns languages, eventually starts replacing his positronic parts with human organs… Andrew devotes his whole existence on these efforts, and it is simply fascinating to see the plot develop around this. It is a wonderful story, despite how simple it may seem like. The narrative is beautiful, as are the characters and their development.

The book manages to keep your attention at all times, even better, it increases it. Just when you think everything is perfect, you get to see into Andrew’s mind and see how he feels about how he is. The portrait ‘The Positronic Man’ shows of what the psyche of a Robot in this type of position is fascinating, and seems far more realistic than many of the other books in this particular genre. Every event seems real, as if it was truly going on.
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I enjoyed these collaboration books very much. Of the three, I prefer 'Child of time', but this is still a great robot novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading 30 April 2000
By claire brennan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
After seeing the movie "Bicentennial Man", I ran straight to the library to pick up "The Positronic Man." (I was surprised to find the book 'out of print', especially with the recent release of the movie.) This is the first Sci-Fi book I have ever read, and first review I have offered. I have not been in high school in some time, but this book should be required reading! I'm sure it would bring some hefty discussions on the issues of humanity, morality and mortality. A very thought-provoking, fascinating book and a joy to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The original is better 9 Dec. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not a bad novel, but I found the original Asimov much more compelling. This book seems longer solely for the sake of being longer. The original story is available in several compilations, such as The Complete Robot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is a man? 2 Dec. 1999
By Ronald Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book immensly. I couldn't put it down. Here is a robot longing to be human (Star Trek fans....remind you of anyone?) and striving in many ways to find out what that is. In the end, an intriguing idea of what makes us human. Easy reading and thoughtful.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books of the genre 23 Aug. 2014
By Clay R. Haase - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
‘The Positronic Man’, yet another of the many Science-Fiction books by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, probably has become one of my favourite books in this particular genre. Focusing throughout its entire plot on a robot who gradually takes steps towards becoming human, the characters and world are handled beautifully. At risk of starting this review the wrong way around, the narrative and practically all elements of this novel are fantastic.

The story starts when NDR-113 at the Martin house, being quickly named Andrew by the youngest daughter. He starts doing ‘normal’ household work for the Martins, accidentally discovering a talent for woodworking described by others as “pure art”. He starts earning money, gradually exploring what one might call ‘creativity’ as he does so, and soon he embarks on a quest of sorts to attempt to not only be human but also be granted the same rights. He starts wearing clothes, gets into legal judgments concerning his classification and rights as a robot, learns languages, eventually starts replacing his positronic parts with human organs… Andrew devotes his whole existence on these efforts, and it is simply fascinating to see the plot develop around this. It is a wonderful story, despite how simple it may seem like. The narrative is beautiful, as are the characters and their development.

The book manages to keep your attention at all times, even better, it increases it. Just when you think everything is perfect, you get to see into Andrew’s mind and see how he feels about how he is. The portrait ‘The Positronic Man’ shows of what the psyche of a Robot in this type of position is fascinating, and seems far more realistic than many of the other books in this particular genre. Every event seems real, as if it was truly going on.

‘The Positronic Man’ has definitely become one of my favourite books in this genre. Every time I see a movie or read another novel focusing on a similar plot to this one I can’t help but compare it to it. Everything in it seems to fit and meld in the best way possible, and until it is finished it’s practically impossible to put down. ‘The Positronic Man’ is awesometacular, and deserves the highest rating possible with a great recommendation to read and even buy.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Positronic Man: A Great Book 31 May 2012
By Chanoch A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Positronic Man
By: Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg

The Positronic Man is yet another science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov. It follows the journey of a robot who gradually takes steps toward becoming human. He keeps replacing his positronic parts with human ones as well as asking for the same rights as humans.

When NDR-113 arrives at the Martin house he is quickly named Andrew by the youngest daughter. He starts by doing housework for the Martins. He then discovers a talent for woodworking which is described by others as "pure art". He starts earning money and eventually gets freedom granted to him by the Regional Court. He then goes on to ask for protective rights that will enable him to be kept secure from humans who want to dismantle him. He starts to wear clothes. He starts to speak more and more in a human form. He eventually starts to replace his positronic parts with human organs and gives up his immortality in order to be human.

The book really keeps your attention. As soon as you think Andrew is going to just stay the way he is, he has the urge for something else that will bring him more towards being a human. The authors don't just give some fictional, whimsical story that sounds impossible. They actually put it in a way that makes you think to yourself "could this actually happen?". They make it all seem so real. After reading this book I couldn't find anything that I didn't like! It also teaches a great lesson about working towards your goals. In the end you might just end up like Andrew and be everything you wanted to be!

Read this book and follow Andrew on his journey towards becoming a full-fledged human. If you like science fiction then this is definitely the book for you. Believe me, you won't want to put it down, even at the end of a chapter. And don't forget: keep working towards your goals!

~Chanoch A.
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