The Bicentennial Man
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As it turns out, it seems I only don't particularly enjoy robots and space-opera sci-fi when it's not written by Asimov. This book contains twelve pieces (eleven short stories and a poem) and there wa...more
1. A robot may not injure may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law." (Asimov 491).
Robots are made for the purpose of serving humans and following their orders. From the start, Andrew Martin was...more
Every sing story was of such enormous quality--writing style, characterization, plot. I simply do not have the vocabulary to convey how well-crafted and enjoyable every story was.
Asimov's introductions, giving each story its context, were the icing on the cake. So, so good! Immediately search...more
I read this book when I was at high school but sometime ago, I saw the movie of this story which Robbin Williams played the character of that robot(I forgot the name) & I was really impressed.
I recommend you to read the book & see the movie, You'll enjoy it for sure.
The Bicentennial Man is a very simple, almost droll story: in the near future, a robot finds itself instilled with the urge to become human, and lives through 200 years of slight modifications to himself while following this goal.
I've always said that good science fiction uses the unusual situations to comment on the human condition, and I cou...more
The Prime of Life
Is a Poem about how everyone thinks he is old, yet he feels young. It is just pretty neat to read as it gives you some insight into the man himself and, is in its own way quite humorous.
A neat story about the conflicts between people who live in Inner and Outer Space, this shows...more
The stories themselves are - of course - well written and very entertaining. The other nice thing is that most were truly short (about 10-15 pp); so, if you're pressed for time, you can finish a story in between activities. On the other hand, if you have time to spare, the stories fly, and you feel like you got a...more
I don't think any of the stories here are of that order--with the...more
Andrew the household robot discovers his creativity in crafting woodwork and making jewelry. From then on, he strives to become more and more human, both by upgrading his positronic brain and fighting legal battles to obtain human-like rights. The family that employed him at first keeps supporting Andrew in his desire (even though he survives all of them, because he himself becomes 200 years old).
This book reminded me very much of Max Ehrlich's The Big Eye because it was...more
1) The Prime of Life - A self-portrait of a poem with a smart, witty commentary.
2) Feminine Intuition - a fascinating little story about a "woman" robot and the power of an intuitive mind. Quite humorous.
3) Waterclap - The safety of Ocean-Deep is compromised. This short, though I'd say not one...more
"Bicentennial Man" is, in my opinion, the best story in the collection, and I think Mr. Asimov agrees. Still, the prefaces to each tale are interesting, and you get a nice, unencumbered view into Asimov's thought pr...more
Andrew est un robot comme les autres. Comme les autres, vraiment? Pas tout à fait. Il est même si singulier qu'il a décidé de devenir libre, malgré les Trois Lois de la Robotique et contre l'opinion de la majorité des êtres humains. Andrew ne sait pas qu'il vient de s'engager dans une lutte qui va changer l'histoire de la robotique, des robots et de l'humanité elle-même.
« L'homme bicentenaire » est l'une des nouvelles les plus connues et l'une des préférées de l'auteur. Elle a été adaptée au c
I feel like Asimov's true area of fiction talent is in novels and novellas, not short stories. While some are passable, my big gripe with his short stories as a group is that they tend to be bogged down in explaining the "hard science" of whatever the topic in question is to the point that the character...more
A mi parecer esa frase lo dice todo. ¿Qué es un hombre sino un esclavo de su propia piel? ¿Un hombre es un hombre porque lo dice o porque sabe que es un hombre? Y si no quiere ser un hombre, ¿entonces qué?
Isaac Asimov ha logrado algo que mis maestros no pueden lograr: que me cuestione a mi misma. Y gracias a eso llegue a la conclusión de lo que es un hombre. Un hombre es sus propias decisiones. Decidir que comer,...more
socially speaking, it's a must read for sci-fi lovers and geeks who are fortunate enough to have a girlfriend that's not a geek. this book is an intermediary between a romantic novel and a sci-fi book.
and like all of asimov's writings, it's light enough even for alien monkeys. i think this could help them getting over their yellow banana addiction
The movie (which I refuse to see) can not hope to capture the subtle heartbreak of the story. Read this!
Creo que a Asimov debe de leerse en pocas cantidades, aunque sus cuentos están entrelazados con pequeñas ligas, esto no impide leerlos de manera aleatoria.
Sin embargo leer todas las historias se me hizo muy tedioso, el estilo se vuelve monótono y al final algunos cuentos se hacen predecibles.
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