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I, Robot

(Robot, chronological order #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  313,424 ratings  ·  8,403 reviews
Isaac Asimov's I, Robot launches readers on an adventure into a not-so-distant future where man and machine , struggle to redefinelife, love, and consciousness—and where the stakes are nothing less than survival. Filled with unforgettable characters, mind-bending speculation, and nonstop action, I, Robot is a powerful reading experience from one of the master storytellers ...more
Hardcover, Bantam hardcover edition (US/CAN), 224 pages
Published June 2004 by Bantam Books (first published December 2nd 1950)
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Lisa
A Brief History Of Robo Sapiens In Nine Sequences

“Why … WHY does something invariably go wrong with them?”
“Because”, said Powell somberly, “we are accursed. Let’s go!”

Asimov’s collection of short stories is a stunning document of humanity’s struggle to find balance in a world increasingly dominated by technological progress, but with the same social, political and emotional conflicts as always.

At first glance, the different stories seem to show the growing sophistication of robots, and their
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Ahmad Sharabiani
(Book 539 From 1001 Books) - I, Robot (Robot #0.1), Isaac Asimov

I, Robot is a fix up of science fiction short stories or essays by American writer Isaac Asimov.

The stories originally appeared in the American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction between 1940 and 1950 and were then compiled into a book for stand-alone publication by Gnome Press in 1950.

عنوان: من، روبوت - ایزاک آسیموف - انتشاراتیها (پاسارگاد، عطایی)؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه نوامبر سال 2007میلادی

عنوان: من
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Baba
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robot #0.1: Asimov had 9 short stories published (in magazines) set in the same 'Robot' reality over a decade, before putting them all together in this ground breaking book. Key robot-psychologist Susan Calvin recounts some of the key robot (milestone) stories to the narrator, ranging from ominous mind reading to very loyal lovable robots, through to the possible overruling of mankind's self determination. It's been 90 years since publication, yet still one of the best thought out and compelling ...more
İntellecta
The book consists of futuristic robot short stories recounted by Susan Calvin (robot psychologist) in retrospect. Even though the reader could read the short stories quite well, they unfortunately don´t created tension at all. On the one hand, the writing style seems a little bit outdated and on the other hand I don´t like the lack of composition of the topic. Or maybe I had even a false expectation.
Matthew
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Law
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.


Until I started reading this book, I did not know it is a series of short stories. I have always expected this to be a novel with one main story. There is some connection between the stories as they represent the evolution of robot use throughout the life of one of the top robotics experts, Susan Calvin.

Second Law
A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders wo
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Kevin
Jul 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi Thinkers
Shelves: scifi
Isaac Asimov's books were far from the normal trash novels you might buy for a 2 day read. Within anything he has written, he tries to spell out lessons in psychology.

How would we react to Robots once they become free thinkers?

How should we react to Robots when they become our slaves?

Should we institute a whole new brand of slavery for the purpose of a "clean society"?

What is sentient life?

The I, Robot novel progresses through these questions, and questions like them, in scenarios rarely ever po
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Gene
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
This short story anthology has a lot of stories in common with Robot Visions which I read earlier. In fact there are only two ones in the former absent in the latter: Catch That Rabbit and Escape! I rated Robot Visions with 3 stars; this one is surprisingly (even to myself) rated higher. One of the reasons is that Visions included several essays; all of them aged much more than the stores themselves - and the stories did age.

Another reason is related to the structure of I, Robot. It actually ha
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Sidharth Vardhan
"If one and a half chickens lay one and a half eggs in one and a half days, how many eggs will nine chickens lays in nine days?"

This is incredible, the best of all science fiction I have read yet. As Fredrick Pohl put it:

“A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.”

Asimov not only does that - and he goes one step further, he proposes a solution for the metaphorical traffic jam - in this case, ethical issues related to AI, in form of his
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Paul Bryant
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Unredacted transcript of the meeting between Dr Susan Calvin, Head Psychologist, United States Robots, and Dr Peter Bogert, Managing Director, United States Robots obtained by Wikileaks from undisclosed sources.

Date: 9-5-2025 11:15 EST


BOGERT : The reason I asked to see you today, Dr Calvin, is that my office has a disturbing rumour that you have developed a robot to write book reviews.

CALVIN : Well, that is correct. They have been functioning for some time.

BOGERT : I am surprised - surely revi
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Merphy Napier
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I LOVED this book so much. I honestly just want more of this. This concept was brilliant and the different situations and solutions that this author created were incredible. I'm so excited to read more from this author
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(3.75?)
I thought this book would be similar to the movie but... no, not at all (or barely!).
There are 9 short stories told and, although I enjoy all of them, I much preferred the last couple ones.
Melki
Though I do love Asimov's writing, he was most certainly a product of his times. (Translate - horrifically sexist.) The one female character who is in nearly all these stories is Dr. Susan Calvin. Practically every time she shows up, the author felt it necessary to comment on her appearance. When young, she was "plain." As she ages, she becomes "plain" and "middle-aged." The male characters looks are not commented on other than the mention that one is bald, and one has red hair. And though there ...more
Piyangie
As a newcomer to the science fiction genre, this short story selection was just alright for me. Maybe it is because I'm not an enthusiast of this genre, but as a whole, it was more scientific than literary: most of the stories were overridden by the technical details and technical jargon which impaired my reading enjoyment.

The short stories are formed as narration by one robophsychologist, Dr. Susan Clavin, to a reporter detailing some of her experiences in her long career as a robophsychologis
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Ivana Books Are Magic
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
About a week ago, I stayed up until 4 a.m to read this book. IT WAS SO WORTH IT! When you are a teenager and you read your way into the morning, you know it is a good book. When you are an adult who doesn't function well with a few hours of sleep and you still do that, then you know it is a great book. Fair enough? Or is it just me? I found it easier to function with less sleep when I was younger. Not that I feel old. YET.

I, Robot is written as a serious of stories featuring a group of individua
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Brooke
Apr 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, science-fiction
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this, and I ended up being pleasantly surprised. It's a series of short stories revolving around Susan Calvin, a robopsychologist with the company U.S. Robots. The stories show the progression of robots (from ones that can't even talk to the machines that govern how the planet operates) and the relationship humans have with them.

I really enjoyed the overall arc and how it was presented. I also really dug how most of the stories were puzzles abo
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Calista
I saw this movie in the theatre and I loved the story. I went in thinking this was going to be, at least, similar to the movie. The story in the movie is not in here. This is a book of short stories set in the future where there are robots. The movie took the 3 laws and the idea of a robot with the 3 laws and did their own thing. The movie is much better.

I found Isaac's writing to be confusing. People are having a conversation and all the sudden a new character is in the conversation and I wonde
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Bionic Jean
I, Robot is a science fiction novel by the American writer Isaac Asimov, published in 1950. It is a compilation of nine loosely linked short stories, with a framing story to tie them together. Ray Bradbury was also to follow this technique a year later with “The Illustrated Man” in 1951, using mostly stories which had appeared in niche magazines. Isaac Asimov’s stories in I, Robot had all originally appeared in the American magazines “Astounding Science Fiction” and “Super Science Stories” betwe ...more
Sr3yas
❝ Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.❞
------------- Isaac Asimov--------------

This collection of concept-driven stories featuring robots were some of the first stories written by Science fiction god, Isaac Asimov. These stories also introduce the "Three laws of robotics" which became a milestone in science fiction history.

Pure logic based problem-solving and the genuine awe-inspiring imagination; Tha
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Patrick
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous book! Isaac Asimov is an awesome scientist and writer. I’ve watched a few interviews and he is a very smart man. If only we had more like him in the world. I don’t agree with his views on God, but other than that, I would definitely have driven anywhere in the USA for a book-signing event of his.

I, Robot is my first Asimov book and I'm glad I started here. The book talks about many points when it comes to robots, or just technology in general. It opens with a girl who is attache
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Annie
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf, read-in-2015

There is a method to the madness!


The other day when my spiffing new copy of the Foundation series arrived on my doorstep, faithfully delivered by the only Amazon delivery guy in our part of the town and I had to turn to them to have my fix of the written word ever since the only bookstore in the town was closed down (or rather was converted into a boutique), my dear friend, who is by the way one of those guys who has their rooms covered in comic graffiti and a bat signal alarm clock that he is s

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Manny
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Asimov gives you quite a good idea of what's it like to have to debug an artificial intelligence, before there were any. Applause! The movie, however, is an abomination that should have been strangled at birth. They've made Susan Calvin sexy; you see her suggestively outlined through the semi-opaque glass of her shower cubicle.

I can't continue with this review. I'm starting to get too emotional. Sorry. A few things are still sacred, you know?
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PS My real I, Ro
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Ken
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of short stories with the common theme of Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics are presented within the framing device as Chief Robopsychologist Dr. Calvin recounts her life’s work.

Like any collection I found some stories to be strong than others with Robbie and Reason to be my two favourites.

With all the stories featuring originally in Sci-Fi magazines during the 1940’s, I felt it was quite telling that the stronger tales were the earlier ones written.
Jerry
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
In the summer of 2004, the movie I, Robot came to theaters. I actually didn't see it until months later; I got the DVD as a birthday gift, but that day wasn't much of a special day, as my eldest sibling passed that morning. The I, Robot film was the first flick I saw in any form after that tragic event; I enjoyed it, but, I wasn't too keen on the profanity or partial nudity. Eventually, I ended up trading in my copy to my now-defunct local MovieStop; however, I did see it again thanks to my Comp ...more
Evan
In 1989 I drove to Indianapolis to meet -- let's call him Henrik -- a collector of rare films, ostensibly to see his 16-millimeter print of the elusive 1926 W.C. Fields movie, So's Your Old Man, of which he claimed there were only a half dozen extant copies. We also screened prints of the Lon Chaney Sr. silent, He Who Gets Slapped and the silent German mountain film classic, The White Hell of Pitz Palu, both of which, at the time, were very difficult to see but which have since been issued on DV ...more
Mimi
Jul 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
3½ stars, rounded up for the scope of Asimov's AI

Interesting ideas and conception of robotics conveyed in a series of short stories. I could read about Asimov's robotics all day. His scope of cultural changes (ie revolution), however, is lacking in comparison. The year 2007 in the book does not seem like actual 2007 at all, same goes for 2015, and same for 2035 I'd imagine. The cultural climate feels more like the 1950s with the addition of accelerated scientific advancement than the world we're
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Jim
This is the original "I, Robot" (not the movie of the same name) is excellent & absolutely a classic. It set the tone & often the ground rules for almost every artificial intelligence novel since it was written. The three laws of robotics first appeared in these stories. There are quite a few stories from humorous to touching to scary. Asimov had a pretty good idea that artificial intelligence was similar to fire - a dangerous servant. He proves it in these pages.

This paperback version strings t
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Alex
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who dress their RealDolls up for tea parties
Shelves: 2016
Isaac Asimov is less a writer of books than a puzzle creator. Each of the linked short stories in I, Robot poses a problem, like an SAT logic problem, and works its way to a (usually) clever answer. Foundation, his most famous work, is the same thing. Asimov has less in common with the other Big Three mid-20th century science fiction writers than he does with Encyclopedia Brown.

But this is the book that invented the Three Laws of Robotics, which are so famous that basically no one has ever talke
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Caroline
***NO SPOILERS***

(Full disclosure: Book abandoned on page 86 [out of 273 pages].)
Under other circumstances, it might have been a beautiful sight. The stream of high-speed electrons impinging upon the energy beam fluoresced into ultraspicules of intense light. The beam stretched out into shrinking nothingness, a-glitter with dancing, shining motes.
Unfortunately, this is how I, Robot goes (at least up until page 86). Asimov’s vision is an inventive and interesting one, but it isn’t geared to the e
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Lori Keeton
Mar 29, 2022 rated it really liked it
”I saw it from the beginning, when the poor robots couldn’t speak, to the end, when they stand between mankind and destruction…”
Dr. Susan Calvin

It is the year 2057 and Dr. Susan Calvin is retiring from US Robotics and Mechanical Men Inc. after 50 years. She is 75 years old when a reporter arrives to interview her about her work as a robopsychologist. Calvin begins to recount stories from the beginning, as the quotation states above, when robots couldn’t speak. But over these many years, the robo
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Alina
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
A beautiful collection of interrelated robot short stories, introducing and debugging the "Three Laws of Robotics" .

Robbie - about a little girl and her robot friend and the Frankenstein complex regarding robots.

Runaround (Fuga în cerc) - about a mission for Gregory Powell and Mike Donovan (a team of engineers working at U.S. Robots) at the Mercury mines, involving a robot that, instead of extracting selenium from the mines, like it was ordered to, just runs around in a big circle, acting lik
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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.

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