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The Complete Robot by Isaac Asimov
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Feb 26, 2012

really liked it
Read from February 25 to 26, 2012

The collection of the stories which really made Asimov's mark on the science fiction genre, and changed the way that readers thought of robots forever (including influencing some who went on to work on research in robot engineering - named "robotics" using a term coined by Asimov).

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 would not exist, as they often have plots which exist only because of them.

The final story, Bicentennial Man, is perhaps Asimov's most famous, and is extremely effective in its manipulation of emotions even after many re-readings. (It must be one of the first science fiction stories I ever read, back in the 1970s.)

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