The Complete Robot (Robot 0.3)
In these stories, Isaac Asimov creates the Three Laws of Robotics and ushers in the Robot Age: when Earth is ruled by master-machines and when robots are more human than mankind.
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...more
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?
Only cars that have positronic brains are allowed on the highways and when th...more
«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.»
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
This is my first time reading my favorite robot tales in English, and I've reached to two conclusions so far.
1.- I will forever love Asimov's books.
2.- Most of them have been really well translated into Spanish, and I'm grateful fo...more
Really interesting set of short stories by the King of the genre.
I did hurriedly finish it though. Susan Calvin was a great character, but I was growing a little impatient of robots, and I had to read another King's work. Stephen King.
Susan Calvin and Powell and Donovan were both the high points of the books, although if I had to list my favorite short stories, it would be the following:
1. Victory Unintentional - a well known favorite.
2. The Tercentenary Incident - another well known favorite
Ma non solo.
C'è un racconto inclassificabile, in cui Asimov immagina c...more
Pubblicati per la prima volta in rare e oggi inaccessibili riviste special...more
The Complete Robot is a collection of Asimov's robot short stories, which are grouped in the book thematically, not chronologically. So we have non-human robots, such as car robots and puppy robots, and humanoid robots. There are also a series of robot stories with Powell and Donovan, two engineers who wise-crack and trouble shoot problem robots with equal aplomb. And...more
I think my favourite story of the book has to be Victory Unintentional, although Powell and Donovan and Calvin are huge and I also really enjoyed Reason, Galley Slave and Feminine Intuition. A h...more
Most have stood up to the test of time quite well, though the Three Laws perhaps show their limitations. Though without issues such as how "harm" to a "human being" should be defined and measured, many of the stories w...more
Unless some massive damage happens to my head, i don't see any chance of me forgetting the "3 Laws of Robotics" in future :D I felt at times that Asimov is too obsessed with making these laws the central theme of all his stories.
The standout stories according to me are True Love, Victory Un...more
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...more