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The Soul of the Robot (Robot #1)

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He was unique. Alone in a world that did not understand him, he tested the super powers of his mind and body. More than a machine, but less than a man, he searched restlessly for the truth. Before his quest was done, he had died and been reborn, had fought his way from a grim dungeon to a royal throne. Jasperodus, the only super-robot to have been granted consciousness, mu ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Cosmos Books (PA) (first published January 1st 1974)
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Oct 10, 2013 Marc rated it it was amazing
B. J. Bayley is one of the world's most overlooked SF writers. However, Michael Moorcock has called him "the most original SF writer of his generation."

So why isn't he more popular? His style is not exactly contemporary; it's a blend of 50s pulp writing and Golden Age ideas ... but always with a special twist. Characterization is virtually nil; it's the ideas that interest him.

Bayley's prose, while not particularly refined, is highly readable, brisk and efficient. There are echoes of Vance and
Jul 18, 2013 Charlie rated it liked it
This one's got some cool stuff in it. It's definitely pretty basic sci-fi, but is mostly solid. I found it to be a bit more repetitive than I had hoped, the second half of the book being very similar to the first. The dialogue is nearly completely innocuous. Not sure if Bayley had much of a sense of humor, but if he did, he sure did a great job of keeping it out of this book. That being said, one of the merits of the book is that it is consistently direct and to the point. The pace is mostly qui ...more
Oct 17, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
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Barrington Bayley is perhaps the truest science fiction writer I have ever come across. His stories are filled with all the swashbuckling action and adventure SF is supposed to have while taking the ideas raised by imagined science very seriously indeed. Bayely does this by blending history, philosophy, and classic fiction with a dash of mysticism.
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Jun 20, 2013 Zantaeus Glom rated it really liked it
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Was doubly keen to read this a I had never read anything by the much-lauded sf author Barrington J. Bayley, and i am a stone-cold freak for anything Robot. I can safely say that 'The Soul of The Robot' is a cracking good yarn, and, surprisingly, it had little in common with the mighty canon of Asimov; which made it all the more unique.

Like many of the greater, more literary sf novels, this is also crammed to the gunnels with analogy, allegory, mondo-metaphysics, philosophical conjecture and ramp
A scifi picaresque told with the tone of a fable or a fairy tale. I was reminded of Vance and Lem a lot. Jesperodus the titular robot is terrific existential hero, at times chilling, ruthless and sometimes quite tender and wise and always seeking answers and resolutions. The events of his journey are quite absurd but quite tragic. I have found many of Bayley’s novels too pulpy but this is constantly entertaining and thought provoking and while lightweight compared to his macabre and idea dense s ...more
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Jun 06, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Robot Jasperodus series – comprising Soul of the Robot (1974) and The Rod of Light (1985) – marked a change of pace in its treatment of such Robot themes as the nature of consciousness and self-awareness; the overall tale makes complex play with a number of philosophical Paradoxes though Bayley's touch here is uncharacteristically light approaching though not matching the surreal "lightness" achieved by John T Sladek in his own robot novels.
Jan 02, 2016 Rebecca rated it liked it
Recently I have been reading alot of books about robots. Specifically, I have been trying to read books that are on the best of lists. The Soul of the Robot is on many of the lists, but many times it is further down the list after more of the classic robot books. Rightfully so.

This book really doesn't have a story arc and was kinda hard to finish. While Jasperodus looks for his soul- consciousness - purpose throughout the book, the book feels more like a collection of his experiences tied toget
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Sep 20, 2011 Benjamin Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel offers a thought provoking insight into what it means to be conscious. The narrative follows Jasperodus as he awakens into a futuristic yet medieval world, a setting that Bayley is able to pull off quite believably through his realistic human characters. The author suspends disbelief by placing these people in a technologically advanced world with a feudal government. These characters are nowhere near as fascinating as Jasperodus himself who learn about this place at the same pace as ...more
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Barrington J. Bayley
Born April 9, 1937(1937-04-09)in Birmingham, England. Died October 14, 2008 (aged 71).
Pen names Alan Aumbry, Michael Barrington (with Michael Moorcock), John Diamond, P. F. Woods.
Occupation; Novelist, short story writer
Nationality: British
Genres: Science fiction
Literary movement: New Wave

Bayley was born in Birmingham and educated in Newport,
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