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Il secondo libro dei robot (Robot 0.2)

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Dopo l'antologia "Io, robot" del 1950, Asimov pubblicò questa seconda raccolta di racconti dedicati alla robotica. Fondate su un accuratissimo sfondo scientifico, le storie narrate vivono di una sottile ironia, ma anche di un'acuta analisi del progresso tecnologico di cui l'autore, pur affascinato, non esita a mostrare l'inquietante rovescio. Protagonisti sono, ancora una ...more
Paperback, Oscar Bestsellers #1490, 222 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Mondadori (first published 1964)
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Hriday
May 25, 2013 Hriday rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I frankly don't have the capability to review this book or any of Asimov's book any further. I am tired of finding newer adjectives that convey my superlative admiration for the thoughts and works of Asimov. I was carrying on the task of typing out appreciative sentences regarding the plot, characters and ideas so far. No more - i give up.

There are no words to express Asimov's ingenuity or parallels for comparison - Isaac Asimov is simply 'THE BEST'.
Jen
Aug 24, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed The Rest of the Robots (Robot, #0.2) much more than I enjoyed I, Robot.

I found parallels to the movie AI in this novel in the form of the robot Tony. A pleasure-bot in the making, that one is.

I found the short story about Jupiter and the Jovians to be quirky and funny and really enjoyed reading it.

I also very much enjoyed the device used to hold the entire set of short stories together. I learned things I never knew about Mary Shelley and Isaac Asimov, and it enabled me to process thes
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Eggp
Robots do it all
they mine, they spy, they proofread,
they flirt with your wife.
Kaethe
Nov 03, 2011 Kaethe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stories, scifi
Yummy robot stories by a grand master; a good warm-up to the Foundation series.
Maria Thermann
Aug 25, 2015 Maria Thermann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First published in Britain in 1963, this collection contains some of the most classic robot stories ever written in science fiction and represents, if you like, the grand-daddy of robot lore from which all other robot stories were begat.

Divided into three parts, The Coming of Robots, The Laws of Robotics, and Susan Calvin, the collection takes the reader from the very beginnings of man versus robot to the topic of robot versus universe. Asimov's stories are either downright hilarious, as mankind
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Ms. Smartarse
As the title says(i.e. "The rest..."), this book contains short stories related to robots that couldn't fit into I Robot. I was initially somewhat reticent about the quality of the stories; the title made me think they'd be more like "discarded stuff" that someone thought they could make money of.

Thinking back on it, perhaps this would've been the case if not for the stories-in-a-story scenario that these short stories were presented in. The book reads sort of like an interview where the author
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Kelanth
Non si può cercare di recensire questo libro di Asimov, senza enunciare ciò che sta alla base di queste storie e cioè le ormai universalmente note "Tre leggi della robotica" alle quali obbediscono tutti i robot che compaiono nei suoi racconti (e in molti racconti di altri autori):

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 umani, purché ta
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Molly
Jun 25, 2011 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it's just that I'm older and more Feministically Aware than I was when I read 'I,Robot' (an early favourite), but re-reading 'The Rest of the Robots' recently turned out to be a pretty different experience.

For one thing, I never noticed before just how very very dated these stories are. It's not just that the people in them are the people of Asimov's time, transported to random future-times that seem absurd now that we've had 50 years of social change in between. He also (inadvertantly) dr
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Giuseppe
Ad anni di distanza dalla lettura della prima raccolta di racconti di Asimov avente come protagonisti i robots Io, Robot, eccomi qui a sfogliare e divertirmi con la prosa asciutta della epopea di metallo e cervelli positronici dell'autore statunitense (di origini russe).
Di Asimov apprezzai in età scolare i suoi testi divulgativi. Testi che si interessavano di biochimica, anche se oggi potrebbero essere annoverati come biologia molecolare, scritti con incredibile perizia scientifica (per l'epoca)
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Mukesh Kumar
May 02, 2013 Mukesh Kumar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Robots series beginners
[2.5 * actually.]
Who would have thought that Mr. Asimov would deliver a dud ? Not me, fur sure!
After reading the wonderful 'I, Robot', my expectations had been raised sky high, so it is rather painful to accept that 'The rest of the robots' is nowhere near its predecessor, in fact is a real disappointment with only the 'Susan Calvin' stories showing some promise.
I guess if someone has written more than 500(!) books, you ought to give him some leeway, for he is bound to falter at some point. And
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Alina
Jul 13, 2015 Alina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Another collection of short stories, listed below along with my rating:
- Robot AL-76 Goes Astray - 2*
- Victory Unintentional - 5* (superbe story, my favorite in this collection)
- First Law - 3.5* (very short)
- Let's Get Together - 4.5*
- Satisfaction Guaranteed - 4.5*
- Risk - 3.5* (although Susan Calvin was, as usual, exquisite)
- Lenny - 4*
- Galley Slave - 4.5*
Ariadna73
I have read virtually every robot story written by Asimov. I started when I was on my teens; and only stopped when I was done with them all. When he died in 1992; I was one of the thousands of unknown mourners that felt as if we had lost a golden opportunity in our lives: I would never ever see him in person. That was my dream when I was a child: that some day I would see Asimov in person. Well; things didn't work out that way. Anyway; I have conversations with him through his tales; writings an ...more
Kate
Haven’t read Asimov for years. He has such great ideas, but he is so of his time. I just can't get over the general lack of characterisation and also of the lack of female characters that actually have any volition and agency over their own lives. Except for Susan Calvin of course, but she's more robot than human anyway!

It shows how far modern science fiction has come in the last 70 years. Asimov was one of the original greats, but the fact that his world is apparently 95% populated by middle-ag
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Danielle
Apr 27, 2016 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
**MINOR SPOILERS**

And with that, I have finally completed all the Robot stories by the great Isaac Asimov. *tear* Excellent, excellent collection! It was just as good if not better than I, Robot, which precedes it. These collection of short stories further delves into the wonderful world of Asimov's robots, and I was pleased to find more stories centered around the formidable Susan Calvin, the only robot psychologist of her kind! One of my critiques of Asimov's characterizations is that he does
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Alejandro Teruel
Since I first came across the Three Laws of Robotics in the 1970s, I have been fascinated by them and by the way Asimov managed to come up with amusing stories based on the interplay between the laws and robot and human (pop) psychology. The laws are attractive quasi-axiomatic principles and Asimov effortlessly seems to make their, occasionally bizarre or humorous consequences almost as tidy as a formal deduction game. So if Sherlock Holmes stories, Spinozas Ethics, engineering, puzzles or logic ...more
Portia S
Mar 12, 2012 Portia S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read, and great dialogue for the time it was printed. I really liked Satisfaction Guaranteed and Victory Unintentional. Really loved the people of Jupiter and how they watched the invincibility of the robots and thought they were screwed if they tried to invade earth, HA HA HA HA. I thought Tony was hot, and I want a robot to love me and decorate my house. ^^
Anca
Oct 16, 2014 Anca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glorious read. These stories are a good starting point toward the world of Asimov's robots.

Another reviewer said that Asimov's writing style is lacking in veracity due to the fact that all the characters unavoidably speak as people from the 1940s and even the most distant of futures seem to match the reality of Asimov's time almost to the letter, apart from a few imaginative additions, such as the robots themselves. While that is certainly true, I can't help but appreciate the substance that re
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Roberto Zanasi
Nov 16, 2010 Roberto Zanasi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantascienza
Questa seconda raccolta di racconti sui robot di Asimov è meglio della prima, i racconti sono più profondi e meno banali. L'ho riletta volentieri.
Claudio92
Mar 24, 2016 Claudio92 rated it really liked it
Allora, sono stato molto soddisfatto di questo libro. Il secondo in ordine temporale in quello che è il ciclo dei robot. Dopo aver letto IO ROBOT, che è a dir poco geniale, per fortuna non c'è stato un grosso calo della qualità! Tra i due, il primo ha qualcosa in più, le storie attorno Susan Calvin e le tre leggi della robotica, ti facevano rimanere a bocca aperta da come l'autore si giostrava tra queste. Il secondo ha un paio di storie un po' banali, ma non comunque noiose (sti robot sono tropp ...more
David Blyth
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Francesco
Jan 19, 2015 Francesco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Il libro è fantastico. È composto di tanti racconti brevi, compreso l' uomo bicentenario da cui è stato tratto il film.
Attenti (per l'edizione italiana):
"Tutti i miei robot" contiene tutti i racconti di "Io, robot" e de "Il secondo libro dei robot" più altri non contenuti in nessun' altra raccolta. Per cui, se volete risparmiare non comprate "Io, robot", nè "Il secondo libro dei robot", bensì il solo "Tutti i miei robot": al prezzo di un libro avrete più di quello che avreste trovato pagando per
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Isaac Cooper
Jul 06, 2014 Isaac Cooper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Meh. Isaac Asimov has let me down with The Rest of the Robots. It frankly doesn’t have the spark of the first novel in the robot series, I Robot, and I’m sad to say it. That book (I, Robot) was so great because I really connected with almost all of the stories and loved the characters in them. There was an emotional core to the stories, and the sci-fi was handled in an easy, relatable way. Aside from one story (where three new robots go to Jupiter to try and end hostilities with the native Jovia ...more
Akshat Solanki
Dec 15, 2015 Akshat Solanki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After completing The Naked Sun, I started reading this book.
Guess what, it didn't bore me and cleared all the perceptions of a science fiction.
Susan and Mike Donovan are the two lead characters and they take you to the journey of a robotic world.
It's always inspiring and amazing to read books by Isaac Asimov.
It deserves four stars for its length, narration, plot and the overall book.
It's one of the best reads.

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Kelanth
Mar 12, 2012 Kelanth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza
Non si può cercare di recensire questo libro di Asimov, senza enunciare ciò che sta alla base di queste storie e cioè le ormai universalmente note "Tre leggi della robotica" alle quali obbediscono tutti i robot che compaiono nei suoi racconti (e in molti racconti di altri autori):

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 umani, purché ta
...more
Rebecca Tayles
Oct 17, 2010 Rebecca Tayles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The Rest of the Robots is a small collection of Asimov's short stories that don't really fit into his other collections. They're varied and interesting - most of them involve robopsychologist Susan Calvin one way or another.

The stories are all a very nice look at robots and humans interacting - both the anti-robot sentiment and the people who want to make use of the technology.

I really liked the way the robots interacted with eachother, pleasantly surprised with their mundane communication of
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Christophe
Jun 02, 2013 Christophe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comment risque de réagir un robot programmé pour un environnement
lunaire dès lors qu'il se retrouve égaré sur Terre ? Un robot peut-il
mentir à un procès pour préserver les intérêts de son utilisateur ? Le
docteur Susan Calvin, robopsychologue, dialogue avec les androïdes pour
faire la lumière sur ces étranges affaires. Et découvre davantage de
défauts de programmation chez l'homme que chez ses fidèles créations..



Comment risque
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Abraão
Gostei bastante da apresentação do autor dos contos e sua origem. Não segue uma linha temporal que possa ir ao encontro do restante da série Robô, mas vale como rememoração de personagens do livro Eu, Robô, como a Dra. Calvin - dobo-psicóloga, que se mostra sempre hábil a diminuir o anseio humano frente aos robôs mostrando que eles são inofensivos, bons e simples, diante da complexidade e maldade humana.
Sachin Bhatia
Mar 29, 2016 Sachin Bhatia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a person who celebrates the human element in tasks that can be broken down and automated, then I'm not sure if we could get along.
The technology in the book is fantastic and has no sound basis. It's just the immense potential of the Three Laws; the numerous cases that you can generate and spin stories out of is what makes me squeal with joy.
Corinne
Jul 21, 2014 Corinne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How predictable: a sci-fi book about robots and I love it. Lovely ideas played out well, fun writing, characters that are a bit more than 2-dimensional (as much as is needed or possible in short stories like these) with interesting comments on each from Asimov. Loved it.
Angela Emme
Jul 27, 2015 Angela Emme rated it liked it
La prima antologia è stata una scoperta molto piacevole e sorprendente. Questa seconda raccolta non mi è dispiaciuta ma l'ho trovata un po' deludente in confronto alla prima. c'è da dire che le storie dove è presente Susan Calvin sono sempre le migliori!!
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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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