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Sogni di robot (Robot 0.4)

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In a career spanning nearly 50 years, Isaac Asimov - science writer, historian, and futurist - accurately predicted how technological breakthroughs would be developed and utilized, years before they became reality. His foresight envisioned calculators, computerized cars, and advances in the field of robotics as chronicled in such popular books as I, Robot; Robots and Empir ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published March 1990 by Interno Giallo (first published 1986)
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Lloyd
While reading these stories, I wouldn't have discribed them as breathtaking... Looking back though, after having read the whole book: There's just something about them.

I know stories like "The Ugly Little Boy" and "Lest We Rememeber" will stick with me for a long time to come and the story "Hostess", I think, will actually end up inspiring what I'm writing now...

There's just something about Asimov. You guys will know what I mean. Though you can't put your finger on it at times, sometimes author
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Sesana
The title implies that many or most of the stories in this collection will be about robots. Not so. Most of them aren't, in fact. Instead, it's a much wider spectrum of Asimov's science fiction writing. Usually, collections of short stories are mixed. Some are better than others, and some just aren't worth reading. That just isn't the case here. There wasn't a single story that I felt like skipping at any point. True, some of them were standouts, even in a uniformly good collection. Absolutely w ...more
Mahdi
مجموعه داستان علمی تخیلی از ایزاک آسیموف. من همه ی داستان هاش رو نخوندم، پراکنده چندتا از داستان هاش رو خوندم. اون هایی که خوندم بسیار بسیار عالی بودن. نه از لحاظ علمی تخیلی بودن، بلکه از لحاظ ایده های فلسفی ای که آسیموف با هوشمندی تمام توی داستان هاش جا میده. از عنوان کتاب، میشه فهمید که باید منتظر چه مجموعه داستان هایی باشیم:
"روباتی که خواب میبیند"
Banner
Asimov is at home in the novel or the short story. This is an enjoyable collection of stories that deal with A.I. as reflected in robots or computers. (Not all stories have robots which is a little misleading from the cover and title, but hey you can't judge a book by it's.....). The first story deals with a theme of which Asimov is the master storyteller of, i.e. robot mysteries. Very cool story. Another favorite, dealt with retired a.i. cars and their caretaker.

Also several reviews mention, "
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Daniel Kukwa
If you have not read a single word penned by Issac Asimov (and if you consider yourself a fan of science fiction...that would be scandalous), then this is the work to start with. It's a primer on everything that is wonderful & extraordinary about Asmiov's writing: his remarkable view of the future, his fluid prose, his unshakable faith in mankind...both as a race, and as individuals. Reading these stories is a constant reminder of just how much the genre owes to his genius, whether it be the ...more
Jen
This review is for the eponymous short story Robot Dreams found in the book Robot Dreams (Robot 0.4) by Isaac Asimov. For my reviews of his other robot short stories, please see any of my previous reviews for his earlier books: 0.1, 0.2, 0.3

Robot Dreams stars Susan Calvin in her role as boss-of-underling where she is berating an underling for using a new fractal type of mathematics in order to create a new type of positronic brain. She has her underling convinced that she - the underling is also
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T4ncr3d1
Pochi robot, pochissimi sogni e molta noia.

Prima o poi doveva accadere: fine del mio fortunato idillio con Asimov. Sogni di robot è una raccolta di racconti che non mantiene innanzitutto la promessa del suo titolo: i racconti sui robot sono la minoranza, a fronte di una larga maggioranza di racconti sparsi che, lungi dall'essere onirici o visionari, sono caratterizzati esclusivamente dal rigore (fanta)scientifico che contraddistingue l'opera asimoviana. Se poi si considera che i racconti che inn
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Giacomo Boccardo
Nonostante il titolo e la quarta di copertina, sono davvero pochi i racconti che vedono coinvolti dei robot, diversamente dall'altra antologia "Tutti i Miei Robot". Ma ciò non pregiudica la qualità degli stessi, alcuni dei quali sono davvero dei piccoli capolavori della fantascienza e lasciano proprio a mente aperta.

Due dei più affascinanti sono legati da titoli complementari: "L'Ultima Domanda" e "L'Ultima Risposta". Pur avendo come argomento comune l'interazione tra l'uomo e il divino, hanno t
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Ismael Galvan
This was my first introduction to the father of robotics, Isaac Asimov. I grabbed his book because I had already bought all the Ray Bradbury next to it.

The first thing that hit me was Asimov's clipped writing style. I kept feeling like there was something missing. He always gave me just a little less description, dialogue, and explanation than I require to fill in a story. This wasn't due to any lack of the writer's ability. It is a technique that makes him sound like a computer, or what a compu
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ttrygve
(This review is equally applicable to both Robot Dreams and Robot Visions, so I'm copying this review for both of them.)

In all honesty & fairness, I didn't read all of this book. Unfortunately I went into this book knowing it was a collection of short stories, but not realizing that only a fraction of them were actually part of the same fictional universe that Asimov's Robot Series (and Empire and Foundation series) took place in (which was my reason for wanting to read the book to begin w
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Benjamin Thomas
I have read many short story collections from many different authors, Sci-Fi and otherwise. Usually, I am happy to find two or three gems in the whole collection while I feel I have to slog my way through the rest. Not so with this collection! I am happy to report that there is not a single dud here. And, in fact, some of my all time favorite short stories are included.

I confess to not being an Asimov super fan. Most of his novels are OK, although don't seem to withstand the test of time too we
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Arithmomaniac
Apr 21, 2010 Arithmomaniac rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All short-story and sci-fi fans
This book is the definitive "best of" collection of Asimov's short stories. Some involve robots, others the Multivac supercomputer. Some are funny and some are slightly creepy. Some span the universe and death itself, others just murder cases. All of them demonstrate Asimov's mastery of making ideas - great and small - relevant and entertaining.

The introduction to the book is Asimov's reflections on the long-lasting appeal (and hit-or-miss accuracy) of his stories. Save it until after you have r
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Jeridel Banks
Loved it! Has everything a sci-fi nerd could ask for. The only thing that cost Asimov a star was the prose. "Elaborately locked"? Seriously?
Tess Herdman
This book is a beautifully written collection of Assimov's most interesting stories. Reading this book is an incredible experience of sadness, confusion, happiness, pride, and wonder at the future of humanity and man's place in the universe. Assimov manages to maintain the core of what it means to be human, even when describing a time so far in advance when humans have separated from their physical bodies ("Eyes Do More Than See"). He provides fascinating insight on what the problems of the futu ...more
Laura
It's been a long time, but this is the book that first turned me on to Asimov as a young pup. I've had a thing for robots for as long as I can remember and just loved the cover of this book. And then loved the contents.
Erwin
Fun collection 21 of Asimov's short science fiction stories. Not as good as his classic Foundation Series, note that the series actually starts with Prelude to Foundation and is a total of 7 books... Although this collection is called "Robot Dreams" only some of the stories concern robots.

Of the short stories in this collection, personally I enjoyed the slightly longer "The Martian Way", a story about Earth enforcing a water embargo against the smaller Mars colony (Earth has water, Mars doesn't)
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Abbycat
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Riju Ganguly
A collection of some of the old favourites (the typically wry & witty short-shorts, as well as the heart-wrenching novellas) and some of the previously non-encountered longer works, this book brings back quite a significant number of stories of Asimov in print. Thanks to the publishers, but they really need to start reprinting the complete stories in Library of America or NESFA Press editions, for the sake of posterity, and also because of the dazzlingly high position that these works enjoy ...more
Sars
Halfway review...
I love Asimov's writing style. His plots are innovative and unique (at least until somebody mimics them). His science can't be faulted (at least as far as it was understood at the time). His characters are deep and compellingly flawed yet likeable — at least the men are.

And there's the catch — his women. When he was young, he had little contact with women, and so tended not to have any in his stories. Fair enough. Those are the stories I like best on the whole.

When there are wom
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Adam
Asimov is not very good at building characters. Even his human ones come off like robots. Sometimes he packs an unnecessary amount of indistinguishable characters into a short story and gives them names like Bogert. He has a charming, if dad-like sense of humor ("“‘Mister, I’m sorry you want to kill yourself. Don’t do it, because if you do, you’ll regret it the rest of your life.’" // "“Johnson,” he said, “came home unexpectedly from a business trip to find his wife in the arms of his best frien ...more
Descatalogado
Los relatos cortos nunca han sido mi fuerte. Como siempre, hay de todo. Algunas ideas muy buenas, otras que han envejecido peor. Me ha hecho gracia "Multivac", la computadora que todo lo sabe, y que mide 800km de largo. Pero no os preocupéis, en otros 50.000 años la tendremos de bolsillo XD.

La traducción es un poco chustera, pero me lo dejaron en papel, qué se le va a hacer. Echo de menos los libros de la biblioteca, que siempre tenían el índice lleno de marcas de qué relatos merecían la pena, y
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Bill Wellham
Robot Dreams is a fine collection of short stories by the master. Some are long chaptered; while others, although short, are just as inspiring.
The majority of these stories were written around sixty years ago; and as such, are full of 1940's style. Asimov constantly refers to his beloved 'multi-vac' super computer, which was essentially a super massive version of the valve computers of those decades. In some of the stories, multi-vac was a government run machine of gigantic proportions, housed
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Julie
Debated between 3 and 4 stars. I really did enjoy these stories. They were some of the best SF stories I've ever read. However, less than half of the stories seemed to actually have anything to do with robots as I think of them and so I kept feeling that there was something missing. And even if we included the stories with the huge multivac and etc we still only get to about half. But if I ignore the expectation I had for it then it does definitely deserve 4 stars or maybe more.

There were a coup
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Martin Hernandez
"Sueños de Robot" es una colección de 21 cuentos cortos de Isaac ASIMOV . La mayoría ya habían sido publicados en otras colecciones, excepto la historia 'Sueños de Robot' que fue escrita explícitamente para esta recopilación y narra el descubrimiento por la doctora Susan Calvin de un robot con perturbadores sueños. Muchas de las otras historias están inspiradas en conflictos entre los robots y las Tres Leyes de la Robótica de Asimov. Los cuentos son:
1. El pequeño robot perdido: El relato habla
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Wendy
Nice collection. Despite the title, most of the stories are not about robots. Some I had read before, some were new, some I really liked, some were so-so.

"Little Lost Robot" -- Susan Calvin story, read before.
"Robot Dreams" -- ditto
"Breeds There a Man...?" -- Scientist becomes suicidal as he gets close to discovering secrets of the universe. Quite suspenseful, really liked it.
"Hostess" -- Alien visits biologist and her policeman husband. Good.
"Sally" -- Intelligent cars have an agenda.
"St
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Sean Brennan
There are a couple of points I wish to make on this excellent compilation on short stories spanning over forty years. Firstly, anybody buying the book expecting a robotfest will sadly be disappointed, as there are very few actual robot stories contained, which for me personally is all too the good. Indeed the book contains several stories about the futuristic supercomputer system Multivac, a computer that powerful that it covers whole square miles(yes, even the greats got that wrong).

My second p
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Magma
This short story collection captures some of the authors early works along with some of his more historical pieces. While the story is not continuos the theme is, the stories usually center around a robot or a computer intelligence; always involving the human condition, which is especially prevalent in those stories not containing robotics (see what I did there?). All in all there are lots of gems in this collection; while they may not all be completely original, the focus of the works is unique ...more
Petr
Don't be confused by the title. I understand it's derived from the title of the second story, but at the end you'll probably realize that a more suitable title would be Dreams about robots. Or about the future.

Because actually not all the stories are about robots and it's rather the mankind who takes the protagonist role. While the topics span from the raw and dubious fundamentals of human ethics up to the metaphysical pondering of human existence, stories' quality spans from brief philosophical
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Pants
Robot Dreams is a collection of short stories. What’s important to know is that machines and computers play a central role throughout the collection, with only a few stories focusing on robots. Among my favorite stories are The Last Question, Lightverse, and The Last Answer. My absolute favorite, however, is the story that gave its name to the collection, Robot Dreams. It’s a mere five pages long, but it touched me in a way the others didn’t. For those of you more interested in robots, Robot Vis ...more
Cal
I think that this was a good introduction to Asimov. It presented his themes and ideas as far as I know, between multivac and the positronic brains, that I'll have a leg up when I start another of his books. I have to say that I felt misled by the title, since I wanted me some robot stories and there were only really four robot/AI stories in the lot. Robot Dreams was probably my favorite of the stories, but others were good too. Personally, I could have cared less about the Martian Way and don't ...more
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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