I, Robot

Asimov, Isaac

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
I, Robot
The three laws of Robotics: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm 2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future--a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete. Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world--all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asmiov's trademark

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2008]
Edition: Bantam trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 055338256X
Branch Call Number: SCIFI ASIMO...I
Characteristics: 224 p. ; 21 cm


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Jul 17, 2014
  • OC_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very nice short stories, they all go along telling the evolution of the robot from the start to the present. I t really is worth reading, every story is unique.

Jul 14, 2014
  • orange_tiger_715 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Nice sci-fi book on the future of man kind with robots. This isn't really my kind of book (The Fault in Our Stars, or Divergent) but its still a good insight to the future. Each smaller story in the book shows difficulties with the three laws of robotics. Classic science fiction with Issac Asimov.

Feb 21, 2013
  • MCinnamon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If your expecting the story from the movie your in for a great surprise. This book is actually a collection of short stories written around 1950 for sci-fi magazines such as Astounding Science and Del Ray paperbacks. The movie still has a lot of the elements found in the book, especially concerning the 3 rules for robots, but the 9 short stories in this book sets up what happens in the movie. Think of this book as the prequil to the movie like the hobbit is the prequil to Lord of the Rings. This is a must read of sci-fi.

Jan 31, 2013
  • DanMenard rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I, Robot is a sci-fi classic for a reason. Asimov proves here that he really is one of the greatest science fiction writers. Although, let me add a caveat for potential readers new to Asimov: his books are not action packed. Asimov drives his stories forward through character interaction and conversation, especially in I, Robot. This is certainly a strength in my view, but it's something to keep in mind. Most of us know about Asimov's three laws, and each story here explores difficulties in practice with what otherwise looks great in theory. I, Robot is extremely interesting and the solutions Asimov invents for the ironic recalcitrance of the laws are fantastic.

Dec 22, 2012
  • AfrikasGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fantastic! It's not the same story as the movie, but flashbacks inside a story that will be familiar and insightful to those who did see the film.

Sep 09, 2012
  • isaacasimov rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It is amazing what a positronic mind can do with a couple of flashlight batteries.

Aug 26, 2012
  • fbasque rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Technically... this a collection of short stories, but they are so well connected to each other that it feels like a novel by the time you reach the end. This book is highly recommended!

Mar 13, 2012
  • btmslt rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An interesting collection of stories, especially considering we are in the robotic age.

Feb 09, 2012
  • ukiuq rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Asimov's style engages you and his characterization is excellent. Great collection of short stories that are framed nicely to make a more intriguing plot!

Aug 20, 2011
  • RichardPaul rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I, Robot ---- by Isaac Asimov c - 2004/Reprint ---- This is of sorts: A review; a caching up to speed before Isaac's big Series. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul

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Jun 23, 2008

series of short stories comprising the future developement of robotics, chiefly mysteries used to explain various facets of 'robotics'


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