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Mirage (Isaac Asimov's Robot Mystery #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  155 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
From a new and exciting talent, Mark W. Tiedemann, comes a fantastic new robot mystery set in the world of the late SF Grand Master and beloved author, Isaac Asimov. The First Law of Robotics states that a robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human to come to harm.

At a crucial conference uniting the Spacers, the Settlers, and representatives of
Paperback, 464 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by I Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Michael Kotsarinis
Jul 25, 2015 Michael Kotsarinis rated it liked it
It was just OK, I was not particularly impressed. Maybe it's because I am nostalgic of Asimov's originals. The point is that I had the feeling that robotics take back seat in this book. It's all supposed to be about robots and they get mentioned in every page but the essence is simply not there. All in all a nice detective novel but not much more.
Martyn Lovell
Mar 16, 2013 Martyn Lovell rated it liked it
Tiedemann's novel is set in Asimov's Robot/Foundation universe, at a time after the era of Susan Calvin. There is plenty of fascinating material to be explored in this space, and the Robot stories are some of Asimov's most satisfying work.

This story is the first part of a 3-part trilogy. More on that later.

Tiedemann doesn't try to slavishly copy Asimov's style or approach - he does better at characterization, and allows his robots to go in directions that Asimov might not have. He also uses the
Atanu Dey
Apr 20, 2012 Atanu Dey rated it did not like it
The novel is set in Asimov's universe - in the gap between the end of Robotic series and beginning of the Empire series, when the spacers are getting isolated and settlers have started to move out to colonize new planets without the help of robots. With such a perfect setting, it is sad now Tiedermann makes a mess of the whole thing. The plot is unnecessarily complicated and ridden with unnecessary techno-babble. There is also an obvious continuity break w.r.t Asimov (In Robots and Empire, ...more
Jeremiah Johnson
Apr 05, 2013 Jeremiah Johnson rated it liked it
2.5 stars really.
The story was somewhat interesting, but the writing wasn't fantastic.
There is page after page of the characters using made up techo-jargon trying to explain what is happening inside the robots. None of this was necessary since the technology is non-existent. It added nothing to the story and succeeded only in making me cringe.
It was a quick read thankfully. Hopefully the later books in the trilogy will be better.
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Also credited as Mark Tiedemann and M. William Tiedemann.

Mark W. Tiedemann has published ten novels---three in the Asimov's Robot Universe series, /Mirage, Chimera /and/ Aurora/---three in his own Secantis Sequence, /Compass Reach, Metal of Night, /and /Peace & Memory/---as well as stand-alones /Realtime, Hour of the Wolf/ (a Terminator novel), and /Remains/, plus /Of Stars & Shadows/, one
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