The Complete Robot

The Complete Robot

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By (author) Isaac Asimov

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  • Publisher: Voyager
  • Format: Paperback | 688 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 178mm x 38mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 15 December 1983
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0586057242
  • ISBN 13: 9780586057247
  • Sales rank: 7,007

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The complete collection of Isaac Asimov's classic Robot stories. In these stories, Asimov creates the Three Laws of Robotics and ushers in the Robot Age - when Earth is ruled by master-machines and when robots are more human than mankind. The Complete Robot is the ultimate collection of timeless, amazing and amusing robot stories from the greatest science fiction writer of all time, offering golden insights into robot thought processes. Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics were programmed into real computers thirty years ago at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - with suprising results. Readers of today still have many surprises in store...

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Isaac Asimov was the Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America, the founder of robot ethics, the world's most prolific author of fiction and non-fiction. The Good Doctor's fiction has been enjoyed by millions for more than half a century.

Editorial reviews

Virtually an anthology of anthologies: all 31 of Asimov's robot yarns, 1939-76, only four of which - recent, YA-ish filler material - have not appeared in other collections. Based, of course, on his famous Three Laws of Robotics, Asimov's mechanicals come in every variety: there's Multivac the super-computer; robot dogs, birds, autos, and walking bombs; robots immobile and robots humanoid. Asimov's first robot tale, "Robbie," is here, along with all the yarns about those Mutt & Jeff robot field testers, Powell and Donovan. Plus: all the stories featuring robo-psychologist Susan Calvin, one of Asimov's more memorable creations; a tale starring Lije Bailey and his robot partner Daneel, detectives from the novels The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun; and, finally, the award-winning robot-becomes-human yarn, "The Bicentennial Man." To be sure, many of the older efforts look a bit bedraggled today, though the best of them ("Reason," "Liar!," "Little Lost Robot," etc.) have weathered pretty well; and the newer stories tend to be weaker if more thoughtful. But even if the overall quality here can't match that of its exemplar, I, Robot, there's quantity and variety enough to please Asimov fans and robot fanciers - who can now assure themselves that they've missed nothing. (Kirkus Reviews)