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Robot Visions Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 1996

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451450647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451450647
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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"This collection offers 18 stories about robots as well as brief essays in which Asimov comments on robots in fiction, the Frankenstein complex, his famous Three Laws and the development of actual robots. The earliest tales here, written from 1940 to 1960, remain among the most-loved in the field," --Publishers Weekly

"Classic stories with new material, both fiction and fact, that puts the whole theme together in a larger context." --Poul Andersen



-This collection offers 18 stories about robots as well as brief essays in which Asimov comments on robots in fiction, the Frankenstein complex, his famous Three Laws and the development of actual robots. The earliest tales here, written from 1940 to 1960, remain among the most-loved in the field,- --Publishers Weekly

-Classic stories with new material, both fiction and fact, that puts the whole theme together in a larger context.- --Poul Andersen

About the Author

Isaac Asimov authored over 400 books in a career that lasted nearly 50 years. As a leading scientific writer, historian, and futurist, he covered a variety of subjects ranging from mathematics to humor, and won numerous awards for his work.

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Robot Visions is a large collection of Issac Asimov's short stories about robots, most of which appeared in various sci-fi magazines from 1940 up to the release of this collection in 1990, that's a 50 year span. These aren't all his robot stories, just some of his favorite's and the choices are explained in the foreword by Asimov himself.

There are 18 short stories and 16 short essays musing on robots in society. Many of the stories use recurring characters such as Susan Calvin (who was given a part in the Asimov inspired Will Smith film I, Robot in 2004, not related to the short story of the same name) and aren't so much about robots who all fundamentally work based on Asimov's famous three laws of robotics, but about peoples reactions to them, confusion, fear, even affection.

The stories are consistantly good and often kept me interested in seeing how the problems are resolved. My favorite story of them all though is Bicentennial Man (turned into a reasonably faithful film in 1999 staring the late Robin Williams). Not only is it one of the longer tales in this collection but also is one of the deeper and I found emotional in some ways though whether it was intended that way by Asimov I do wonder.

All in all a good collection of varied ideas about robots, if you're a fan of any of his other works, especially his four main novels from the robot series this is worth checking out.
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A reasonably good selection of Asimov's short stories, with the emphasis on his robot stories as the name implies.
I did enjoy it and was heartily relieved that (unlike Robot Dreams) it was relatively free from typos. However at £7.00 I consider it expensive for what it is. Although the essays and articles by Asimov which make up the second part of the book are interesting, I was originally going to gve it only 3 stars as I felt that we, the punters, were being robbed. As a collection it would have been far better value - and I would have cheerfully given it 5 stars - if, for example, the rest of the Martian Way stories or some of Asimov's Mysteries had been included.
Does anyone out there understand (or would Amazon be kind enough to explain) why the publication of Asimov's work is so peculiarly patchy? I would have expected the original Foundation trilogy to have been amongst the first of Asimov's work to have appeared in e-format but they are conspicuous by their absence. Two of the three original Robot novels are available on Kindle, but the third - The Robots of Dawn - is not.
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I have been an Asimov fan for years and have read most of these stories before. Revisiting them confirmed what a great SciFi writer he was. They are all excellent short stories.
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A true classic
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I had read a lot of Asimov when I was younger and had enjoyed them greatly then. I bought this book to refresh my memory and was not disappointed. All the stories center around robots so if that's what you are after then look no further. Highly recommended.
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When I first read this book as a teenager it was the first time I had come across Asimov's books. I have been trying to get hold of it for a while but most shops haven't had it in stock - so I had to go down the Amazon marketplace route.

This book is really good as most stories are about robots and the robo-psychologist Susan Calvin. All the short storied are of varying lengths and are slightly different.

I made the mistake of buying Robot dreams first - thinking it was this one. They are very different books - robot dreams don't actually feature many stories about robots !!

A really good read.
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Wonderful collection of robot stories, some I've not seen before. If only more Asimov on Kindle.
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