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The Complete Robot (Robot 0.3)

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Asimov started his Robot series with several short stories set in a common universe with continuing characters from US Robotics and based on the Three Laws of Robotics. This compilation includes 31 stories published from 1940 to 1977, including all the stories from the earlier collection, I, Robot (1950). As of 1988, only one other robot story (Robot Dreams) had been writt ...more
Hardcover, 557 pages
Published 1982 by Doubleday Books
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Manny
Strong Opinions: a Susan Calvin story

Weems landed his helijet neatly, and congratulated himself on his early start. When he managed to get the coveted parking spot closest to the front gate of U.S. Robots, he always felt that the rest of the day would be a success too. He flashed his badge at the security guard, and took the fast pediwalk to his office. Now he would get half an hour to work undisturbed! But he had barely hung up his hat before the visiphone buzzed.

"I'm sorry, sir," said his secr
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James
Dec 11, 2007 James rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Scifi fans, tech people
Just finished reading The Complete Robot by Isaac Asimov, if you all haven’t read it you should do so. It contains all the stories from I, Robot as well, not the Will Smith paff though, it is completely different.
Here is a run down of the stories.

A Boy's Best Friend:-
A boy and his dog on the moon but the dog is a robot, what happened when his parents want to give him a real dog and what makes you love something?

Sally:-
Only cars that have positronic brains are allowed on the highways and when th
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Simona Bartolotta
«Se si potesse individuare l'origine della loro avversione, la vera origine...»
«Dopo tutti questi anni» disse Li-hsing con tristezza, «voi cercate ancora di trovare motivazioni sensate al comportamento umano. Povero Andrew, non arrabbiatevi, ma questo vostro coraggio non è da uomo, ma da robot.»
{L'uomo Bicentenario.

E' impossibile trovare termini abbastanza entusiastici da descrivere questo libro in sé e per sé, dunque, per non sconfinare nel'eresia mi limiterò, in questa recensione, a parlarne d
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Nikki
I've always liked Asimov's work -- one of my favourites has always been the expanded version of one of the short stories in this volume, The Positronic Man -- and so this was a nice familiar read for me. I've read some of the stories, while some were less familiar, but it is a bit like comfort eating: with Asimov, I know exactly what I'm getting. It'd be a bit much to start here with Asimov, I think, and read all the short stories start to finish. I'd pick a smaller collection, rather than a col ...more
Arun Divakar
I thank Asimov, for bringing me out of a mess which he undoubtedly would have no idea about. It goes like this, I had within me something that approached "Reader's block", I could not complete a book in almost over a month now. I tried Woolf's "Orlando" which became words and finally letters to me which made no sense, I tried Richard Dawkins's "The greatest show.." and my brain short circuited ( for no fault of Dawkin's I may add here, a most interesting piece of work that..). In desperation I t ...more
Arnab
All stories grip you, and some of the stories are absolutely brilliant and leave a large amount of after thought.

Of the ones I enjoyed most are -

1. Victory Unintentional - Hilarious, hope he had written more such humorous stories!
2. Robbie - One of the masterpieces that get you acquainted with an Asimov robot.
3. Someday - Nice ending.
4. Galley Slave - One academic author, who due to his initial hatred and inability to understand robots, and ignorance, uses a robot incorrectly resulting in a vers
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Chris
This includes I, Robot as well as a bunch of other robot stories. All in all it's an enjoyable collection.

Does it add much to the experience of reading I, Robot? Somewhat. The other stories are much the same thing in many cases and quite different in others. It's a bit jumpier in flow since it's a heavy collection, but there are some gems included here that really stood out: "The Tercentenary Incident", "Victory Unintentional", and "The Bicentennial Man". Aside from that last story, it doesn't
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Kua
Questa bellissima raccolta che riunisce i più importanti racconti di Asimov sui robot, è stata curata dall'autore stesso, che li ha ordinati non in ordine cronologico ma in base al tema del racconto.
Tutti i miei robot è uno dei pilastri di tutta l'opera del grande scrittore e la base da cui partire per leggere le sue opere successive (ciclo dei Robot e quello della Fondazione). I trentuno racconti (alcuni teneramente ingenui), scritti tra il 1939 e il 1977, e che delineano il successo della fant
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Leonardo
This one took some time.

Not because it was hard to read, or because it was bad. I was actually saving it. I didn't enjoy binge reading the short stories. They went too fast. I ended up reading one or two between each other book I read. I read one and sort of ruminated on it for a while. It was the way I could enjoy the stories the most, I figured.

I enjoyed the various stories differently. Sometimes the puzzle/conflict it presented was the part I enjoyed the most, sometimes the way the characters
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Cathy
My dad just discovered Prelude To Foundation, and was excited to discover that Asimov had written books in the series beyond the original trilogy. I had recently become aware of this as well, but also found many books in the series written by other authors. Because publication date does no correspond with storyline date, I felt overwhelmed. But the into to Prelude includes Asimov's list of the order in which he feels his 14 robot, Empire and Foundation books should be read. The list only lacks F ...more
JonSnow
AMONG THE BEST WORKS OF FICTION I HAVE EVER READ!

Asimov's robot stories are truly imaginative, intellectually stimulating, and all around FUN!

This collection should be on everyone's to read list! It has philosophical commentary, political and social intrigues in association with roboticism, and what it means to be human and machine, or both. There is such a wealth of creativity in each and every story, adults and children alike could very easily enjoy these enduring and timeless tales from decad
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Sesana
Almost one-stop shopping for all your robots-by-Asimov needs. Most, but not all, of Asimov's robot and robot-like stories are included here, including all of the stories from I, Robot. I wouldn't suggest reading this instead, of course, because you're missing all of the wonderful bridging narration. Even having already read I, Robot, Robot Dreams, and Robot Visions, I still found plenty of stories that were new to me. Exciting, for me, and it made reading the book more than worthwhile. I loved i ...more
Tancredi
Tutti i robot di Asimov, o quasi, nel bene e nel male. Non so se è stato un errore aver preferito questa indigestione di robot rispetto a una più ordinata lettura dei diversi libri che compongono il ciclo, ma l'effetto è esattamente quello che mi aspettavo: il quadro più ampio possibile di cosa sono e significano i robot per Asimov.
Molto azzeccata la classificazione dei racconti, divisi per tipologia e natura dei robot, dai "robot-frankestein" ai "robottoni metallici" fino all'evoluzione dei rob
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Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Tutti i miei robot è un'antologia di racconti di fantascienza di Isaac Asimov, del 1982. O per meglio dire è l'Antologia, proprio con la "A" maiuscola. L'opera summa dei suoi scritti con il soggetto "Robot" e ricordiamo che Mr Asimov, è il padre dei robot, così come delle famosissime tre leggi:

1. Un robot non può recar danno a un essere umano né può permettere che, a causa del proprio mancato intervento, un essere umano riceva danno.
2. Un robot deve obbedire agli ordini impartiti dagli esseri um
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David Baird
I read a lot of Asimov's robot short stories in my early teens, but never the novels and neither the Foundation books. Having discovered that the robot books are a prelude to Foundation I was intrigued to revisit.

I have to say that as stories they're a mixed bag. The early ones are not very well written,but do introduce important concepts into the robots' evolutions - rather fable like in many ways. I found the prose forced and the characters shallow, added to that the early robots were treated
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Lloyd
I suppose I'd have to give this book a four-star rating. This is the third book of Asimov's robot stories that I've read (along with "I, Robot" and "Robot Dreams"). I'd have to honestly say that I liked "Robot Dreams" better because it had great stories in it and the robot stories in that volume were intermingled with sensational non-robot sci-fi tales.

The reason why I'd still give this one a four-star rating is the sense of completeness that it offers fans of Asimov. Say you want to go and read
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Sang Ayu Putu
Asimov has built a layered ,belieaveble & complex Robo-verse, and interesting Human-Artificial Intelligence interaction and conflicts based on his self-formulated "three laws of robotics" in these collection of short stories. Such an exciting read and complete eye opening experience (and introduction) to hard-science fiction and its tropes.
The true stand out from these collection IMO is 'The Bicentennial Man', examining both robotics and human existentialism, where and when do they both inte
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Abraão
Coleção de contos muito bons a respeito de diferentes tipologias de robôs, sua interação com humanos ou com outros robôs. Bem como a implicação de outras formas destes seres no dia-a-dia dos humanos, na Terra ou em qualquer outro planeta.
David Manns
All the Robot you could ever need! This doorstop of a book collects the majority of Asimov's Robot Short stories, which chart the development of man's relationship with his creation.

The stories are sharp, well written and have a huge scope to them. This is considered 'hard' science fiction (as opposed to the fantasy space opera kind), but is immensely readable none the less.

Considered by Asimov himself to be the starting point for his 14 book 'Future History', this is a must for any self-respec
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Felipe Guerrero
Pues bien, terminé este genial libro.

Me gusto mucho de principio a fin y sobre todo el hecho de que aún y cuando se trata de muchos relatos sin conexión aparente en realidad si tienen relación, aunque muy sutil. Vemos aquí la evolución no solo de los robots sino también de algunos personajes como Susan Calvin o Donovan y Powell. Simplemente un gran trabajo de una de las mas grandes mentes de las que yo tenga conocimiento: Isaac Asimov
Jen
Being what appears to be an Asimov completionist, I launched into The Complete Robot (Robot, #0.3). It contains quite a few stories that I have read before in I, Robot and The Rest of the Robots.

I was pleased to find, in this book, that there were some stories of robots which were not bound by the three laws of robotics (never mind 'Little Lost Robot' from one of the previous volumes that is reprinted here; I mean missing all three laws rather than just the first law).

I was also pleased to find
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Thomas
Absolutely brilliant collection of Asimov's short stories. First time that I've ready any of his work and I'll certainly be reading a lot more - enjoyed almost every story, which is impressive considering the number that have been packed in! This is the kind of sci-fi that a scientist can enjoy, and also caters for anyone who likes their stories to have morals or messages to take away and ponder over. I took note of the major discussion point from each story (in my view :P) - here's a summary of ...more
Hriday
In my previous review of 'The Rest of the Robots', I have already admitted that I am incapable of reviewing the genius of Asimov so I won't make yet another vain attempt.

All I would ever like to say about this book is that every human being should read this book. My personal favorite is 'Robbie'; it is one of the best stories I have ever read.

'The Bicentennial Man' is also truly fantastic and the movie has done hardly any justice to this great tale.

Again, a salute to the genius of Asimov.
Bebabi34
Il fedele amico dell'uomo (Racconto breve, A Boy's Best Friend, 1975) di Isaac Asimov
Traduzione di Laura Serra

Un giorno... (Racconto, Someday, 1956) di Isaac Asimov
Traduzione di Laura Serra

Sally (Racconto, Sally, 1953) di Isaac Asimov
Traduzione di Maria Benedetta De Castiglione

Certezza di esperto (Racconto breve, Point of View, 1979) di Isaac Asimov
Traduzione di Delio Zinoni

Finalmente (Racconto breve, Think!, 1977) di Isaac Asimov
Traduzione di Remo Guerrini

Vero amore (Raccon
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Marco Accolla
Un libro molto ben strutturato che non annoia mai. I racconti, nella loro brevità, sono ricchi di personaggi e storie originali, formate da una credibile base scientifica, per quanto restino comunque di fantascienza. Consigliato agli amanti del settore tecnologico ma anche a chi è semplicemente curioso di vedere un mondo futuristico ben rappresentato.
Fiona
Flight of the Conchords got it wrong: the humans aren't dead, because Law the First, and the robots there didn't even self-identify as human. I mean, scoff. It's like they'd never heard of the Three Laws of Robotics. Asimov's doorstop of a Complete Robot has handed me the keys to Robot Philosophy, and just in time to salvage my nerd credentials. Each short story throws up a big philosophical question encased in a logic puzzle. What makes us human? What is intuition? What gives us the right to co ...more
Jon
Doubled back to read the non-I, Robot stories. Interesting mix of canonicity: some stories are clearly in the accepted Robot timeline, some are in variants, some are clearly outside. The arguments could go forever. Great stuff from all categories. Yes, Bicentennial Man is really that good; it's impossible to summarize the plot without sounding incredibly smarmy, but Asimov's light touch walks you into believing it. "Let's Get Together" is remarkably relevant today. You can start to see some them ...more
Barry
Some Non-human Robots
"A Boy's Best Friend" -Boy gets dog but wants to keep robot dog, and really is there any difference?
"Sally" – Quite enjoyed this one. A story about sentient cars and self defence. A bit of a clichéd end in the idea of ‘what if the cars realise they are slaves and start to fight back’. Contains a scene what I can only describe as ‘car rape’ – powerful stuff and cleverly done.
"Someday" – If toys had feelings….

Some Immobile Robots
"Point of View" – A story considering a comput
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Steven Zachary
Outstanding.

For a book so aged as this, its amazing how well-thought out and true it rings this many years later. It's predictions about human anxiety and the challenges faced by the characters mirrors current day headlines about "robotic apocalypses". This was almost like predictive fiction, if that was such a thing.

In another 50 years I am sure it will be classified as non-fiction. I can't say enough good things about this book. It is a collection of short stories, modeled after Artificial In
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Kit
A classic and fundamental read for anyone adventuring into science fiction and robot stories. It may not be appreciated by all - he has a very simplistic writing style, one that I think carries a certain charm from his intelligence and well deserved ego - but it is a great place to get an idea of where our thoughts and fears on robots comes from. He is a heavy influence along with the other greats, there is no denying that.

There were a few stories I struggled through, and a few errors in thinkin
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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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