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Robot Visions (Robot 0.5)

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From the writer whose name is synonymous with the science of robotics comes five decades of robot visions-36 landmark stories and essays, plus three rare tales-gathered together in one volume.


Introduction by Isaac Asimov


"Robot Visions" (1990 - new for this volume)
"Too Bad!" (1989)
"Robbie" (1940)
"Reason" (1941)
"Liar!" (1941)
"Runaround" (1942)
"Evidence" (1946)
Hardcover, 482 pages
Published April 3rd 1990 by Roc (first published 1990)
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Jul 21, 2016 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This is a collection of short stories and essays related to Asimov’s visions of robots in the future. It contains quite a few stories from a better-known anthology I, Robot. Actually the latter has only 5 entries not found in the former.

Before Asimov practically every story related to an artificially created life (or its semblance) starting all the way from myth of Ancient Greece ended up with the creation turning against its creators – robots turning against humanity for our particular case. Ho
Ahmad Sharabiani
Robot Visions (Robot 0.5), Isaac Asimov
عنوان: دنیای روباتها؛ نویسنده: ایزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: حسن اصغری؛ تهران، انتشارات شقایق؛ 1373؛ در 485؛
کتاب دنیای روباتها مشتمل بر چند داستان کوتاه است و نیز مقالات ایزاک آسیموف؛ تاریخچه ی روبات، دنیای روباتها، خیلی بد شد، رابی، دلیل، دروغگو، گردش، شاهد، روبات گمشده، جنگ قابل اجتناب، فراست زنانه، مرد دویست ساله، روزی، فکر، جدایی، دزدی علمی، لنی، غلط گیری، کریستمس بدون رادنی، آعاز مقاله ها شامل 16 مقاله
Mar 25, 2011 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed everything that I've ever read by Asimov, and this is no exception. Hardly surprising at this point. The robot short stories are always very fun to read. It's amazing how many great story ideas he was able to get out of three unbreakable laws, isn't it?

Let's break this collection down a bit. Of the 18 stories in this collection, seven can also be found in I, Robot. In fact, every story from I, Robot but one can also be found here, without the linking text starring Susan Calvin. I'm
Alice Lee
Mar 20, 2009 Alice Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
After I, Robot, I was hungry for more robot stories, and Robot Visions was the only other robot collection I could find at my local library. A good chunk of the collection are in I, Robot, but without the connecting segments where Susan Calvin was interviewed. I personally enjoyed I, Robot more and thought the stories collected there were more solid, but this is by no means a weak collection at all. More mysteries, more puzzles, more situations where your inner child delights at the faithful rob ...more
Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
The review by Arthur C. Clarke is what partially made me interested in this. That and also thinking Isaac Asimov is the allfather of Sci-fi.

Dom Fantazzi
Good short story collection, even better in small doses as all stories have essentially the same message over and over again. Did not finish.
Asimov was expert at repackaging material, and all the Robot short stories in this volume have appeared in other Robot books before, but I picked it up for the introduction by the good doctor, as well as the science-fact and opinion essays included at the back. The latter were considerably shorter than I expected, though not one interesting, so I ended up rereading most of the novella and short stories anyway. The Bicentennial Man is always enjoyable, to see how close Asimov could come to repudi ...more
Jul 06, 2010 Myles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's just cut to the chase, Asimov was a visionary, and he also had integrity. When he came up with something by God his universe kept it. This explains why Asimov's great space empires and future Earth are blessed by tape-run computers and robot brains as large as houses.

This collection contains most, if not all, of his short fiction dealing with the relations between humanity and robots. Asimov designed three perfect laws of robotics and then gleefully set about subverting them in every. ima
Mar 19, 2009 Lloyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1990s
This book of robot stories by Asimov was as good as any other. I think among those four collections of robot stories ("I, Robot", "The Complete Robot", "Robot Dreams" and this one), this one and "Robot Dreams are my favorites.

The quality of stories and the mixture of robot and non-robot tales in "Robot Dreams" made it one of my favorites. This one has some of the best robot stories within (classics along with more modren ones) and a number of essays by Asimov about his robot stories.

This book pr
Jan 03, 2015 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work
I read this as part of a work (for fun) book club. It is a collection of some of Asimov's robot stories along with some essays at the end. I'd seen most of these stories in some of my previous Asimov reads. If you haven't read much Asimov, I'd highly recommend this. One knock that I have on Asimov is his high level of optimism. He seems to think that if we had robots that we'd be free to pursue higher things. Personally, I'm not sure that the vast majority of people would pursue higher things as ...more
I enjoyed the Asimov's essays about robots, computers, and cyborgs. They are well done.

The short stories at the front of the book are the same stories published in other books. There are a few new ones. So, if you do not mind re-reading them or have not read other books, then you are good. Otherwise, you should just read the first and second short stories "Robot Visions" and "Too Bad!" then skip to the last one "Christmas Without Rodney" and continue through the essays. Essentially, 347 pages of
As I read Asimov's Robot stories for the first time since I was a teenager, I've come to some unfortunate realisations. I still enjoy the stories, and I still respect Asimov, but so many of these stories seem to be clever just for the sake of being clever. Like they're thought-experiments. There's a minimum of charm.

I guess we'll always have Solaria.
Dec 01, 2008 Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: robot fans, futurists
Recommended to Mitchell by: Kathy Dale
This is yet another in the vast sea of work by Isaac Asimov. What really made this a winner for me was the set of essays in the book about why robots will succeed and thrive. One particular essay regards the reason we will create human shaped robots. Short answer: Because they can interact with our world.
Danial Behzadi
Feb 03, 2016 Danial Behzadi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتابی خوب با داستانهای کوتاه رباتیکی مهم، ولی همچنان با ترجمهای نهچندان خوب. ...more
Jan 09, 2017 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review by Patrick Reilly
Robot Visions
By Isaac Asimov 482 pp Byron Preiss $4.11.(Young adult ages 15-20)

One of the most prominent authors on the field of robotics, Isaac Asimov dives deep into the possible interactions between robots and humans as tools, companions and workers. Asimov's novel and collection of scientific documents, Robot Visions is one of the most influential books on robotics today. Although published in 1990, the concepts and themes apparent in Robot Visions is universal and st
Anthony Faber
A collection of some of Asimov's robot short stories. I assume the companion volume, "Robot Dreams", contains the balance. Some of these are from "I, Robot" and there are some essays (some pretty short) at the end. Okay reading.
Jan 09, 2017 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always enjoy the robot stories, always hard to get through his descriptions of women (when there are any).
Steven  Wetter
Mar 10, 2017 Steven Wetter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful collection af Isaac Asimov's robot short stories. If you're a fan of Isaac Asimov; I truly suggest the reading.
Matthew Melendez
Matthew Melendez
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Robot Visions by Isaac Asimov
“Robot Visions”, is a collection of essays and short stories (some from past books), by Asimov. Some include “Robbie, The Little Lost Robot and Someday”. It starts off with its intro, “The Robot Chronicles”, which is very short and consists of 18 pages. The intro, he opens up with a question asking “What is a robot?” Then he continues to describe what a robot may seem or look like to mankind. After he is done describing,
I hadn't read any of Asmov's robot stuff since I was a teenager and "I, Robot" bored me to tears. So, I wasn't expecting much out of this collection of his stories and essays on "robots". (I'll explain the scare quotes around "robots" in a second.)

I was shocked at how embarrassed I felt reading these stories. One can certainly forgive as affable a character as Asimov for his writings as a 19-year-old, and he becomes more adept over the decades. And one can even forgive the premise itself of a "
Dec 31, 2016 Spikkee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ciencia-ficcion
El texto compila 36 relatos cortos sobre los robot, tenemos tantos los relatos de la primera robopsicologa Susan Calvin como historias cortas del equipo de detectives humano-robot Baley Elijah y Daneel Olivaw.
Sep 16, 2016 Eli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good. I didn't ever get bored, but some of the stories were not exactly my fav. I'd recommend this book to those of you who love sci-fi and who are slightly advanced readers. The reason it looks like I read half the book immediately is because I was reading Sapphique and Pathfinder, so I wasn't really updating the process of this book. I rated it three stars mostly because some of the stories weren't even really about robots. But a good book, otherwise!
C.S.  Ferrier
Dec 10, 2013 C.S. Ferrier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite of these stories would have to be Robbie, it's the classic I,Robot story, Liar!, Runaround, Little Lost Robot, Female Intuition, and of course Bicentennial Man. Several of the other stories in this book, and in Isaac's work are very similar. Which is also quite fun.

Robbie is of course the classic story of a child and her Robot. The parents don't like how attached she is to it and grows weary of it, the parents weariness symbolizes prejudice. Which is an overlying theme in a lot of A
Dec 01, 2015 Kharen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Que es un robot? Podemos definirlo de forma breve y comprensiva como "Un objeto artificial que se parece a un ser humano"

pero se complica un poco mas, a la final es algo así:

Robot: Maquina + Computadora. Una computadora capaz de aprender y una máquina con forma similar a la humana para utilizar herramientas humanas y hacer nuestro trabajo.

Una definición que nos inicia en el mundo de la robotica, fundamental para entender la serie Fundación escrita por Isaac Asimov, con mas de 16 libros escrito
Erin Boyington
Isaac Asimov thinks robots are cool, and I'm with him. The technology he writes about is very retro-future, but the ideas are still interesting. I am always fascinated by the logical puzzles he sets up to revolve around the Three Laws of Robotics, which are Asimov's most important innovation.

My favorite stories star robopsychologist Susan Calvin, who I love because she's usually right. Unfortunately Asimov sometimes paints her as a stereotypical sexless career woman (the story "Liar" is particul
From the short story Female Intuition:
She snorted at one point. “Feminine intuition? Is that what you wanted the robot for? You men. Faced with a woman reaching a correct conclusion and unable to accept the fact she is your equal or superior in intelligence, you invent something called feminine intuition.”

“Uh, yes, Susan, but let me continue—”

He did. When she was told of Jane's contralto voice, she said, “It is a difficult choice sometimes whether to feel revolted at the male sex or to merely di
Nov 21, 2014 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As before in my reviews of the Robots series by Asimov, I found a lot of these short stories to be repeats. With that in mind, if you wish to read my reviews of "The Bicentennial Man", "Mirror Image", or "Segregationist", check out my review of The Complete Robot.

For my reviews of "Robbie", "Liar!", "Runaround", "Lenny", or "Little Lost Robot", check out my review of I, Robot.

For my reviews of "The Evitable Conflict", "Feminine Intuition", "Someday", or "Galley Slave", check out my review of The
Apr 24, 2008 ttrygve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(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
Digamos que más que 5 es un 4.8; los ensayos, aunque todos interesantes, a veces se sienten cortos, a veces más como un ejercicio pre-escritura que como un texto completamente formado e independiente (no que haya algo malo en ello, solo que a mi no me gustaría publicar esos ejercicios, por ejemplo).

Respecto a la antología, cubre de forma bastante amplia los textos cortos de robots de Asimov, con las faltas obvias que pueda tener una antología de alguien tan prolífico (en mi caso, eché de menos t
Doc Opp
Jul 28, 2007 Doc Opp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't tend to like short stories, but this collection is an exception to that rule. When Asimov was writing, there was a great deal of concern that if AI was created that it would turn against its human creators and destroy mankind. Asimov rebelled against this idea, but noting that we would program robots with three unbreakable laws:

1) A robot can not harm a human being, or through inaction allow a human to be harmed.

2) A robot must follow the orders of a human being, except in situations tha
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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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“In a properly automated and educated world, then, machines may prove to be the true humanizing influence. It may be that machines will do the work that makes life possible and that human beings will do all the other things that make life pleasant and worthwhile ” 40 likes
“Feminine intuition? Is that what you wanted the robot for? You men. Faced with a woman reaching a correct conclusion and unable to accept the fact that she is your equal or superior in intelligence, you invent something called feminine intuition.” 13 likes
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