- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,922,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Robot Visions Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 1996
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These stories, when written, must have been true ground-breakers. I encountered them after that first flare of enthusiasm had passed, in the early 1970s I think it was. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kilrymont
Brilliant book. Loved it since I was a boy. Any chance of getting Niven's Ringworld series available?Published on 30 Dec. 2014 by Benny Boy