I inherited the first three books of the series when I got married, and both my husband and I had assumed that these were actually by Isaac Asimov. NOT SO. Asimov writes the intros, and the stories are very, very loosely set in his universe, but that's it. I was still prepared to enjoy the series...until I realized the quality was terrible.
In all fairness to the authors, a lot of the f ...more
For some unknown reason I was reminded of the Perry Rhodan (?) books I read over 40 years ago. Now I'm not saying it's as "Space Opera" as they were but for some reason they sprang to mind. Will know more after the next "episode".
I wasn't sure what to expect from this, having never read the original books by Asimov, or anything by the authors, but I was pleasantly surprised.
In 'Odyssey', a man wakes up in a life-pod on a asteroid, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. He is rescued by a group of robots that are searching the rock for something, but who won't help him leave. Then they are attacked by an alien spa ...more
In the late 1980s, franchised out part of his robot universe to a group of six young writers. This first novel in the series has an open ending that hands off to the writer doing the second installment. To get the whole story, you need to be familiar with Asimov’s originals and with the whole sequence of novels in the series. Asimov introduces each novel and explains what he thinks it adds to his original ideas. We begin ...more
A man, who goes by the name of Derec, which is found on the front of his shirt, wakes up on an asteroid with severe amnesia. He has no idea who he is, where he's from, where he was going, who his family is, what planet he's from, what his work is, etc. All he knows is that he's surrounded by robots. Ma ...more
This is quite a story. It begins with a young man, Derec, waking in a survival pod on a frozen asteroid, not knowing who he is or where he is. His personal history is a blank slate, yet he retains his technical knowledge. It ends with Derec saving Robot City from an out-of-control defense system. What happens in between, of course, is the real s ...more
I think the point for the series was for different authors to play in "Asimov's sandbox", using the 3 laws of robotics. There were a few such instances in this book, but I didn't think they were crucial to the story. It was just a way ...more
- Some plot points that genuinely revolve around robots and the Laws
- Gripping pace
- Places from the original Asimov universe. I though this would be a fresh start using the Laws elsewhere
- Nice realistic touches of current computer tech that are not dumbed down
The bad (spoilerish, beware):
- Not one, not two, not three, but four alien races! broke my suspension of disbelief.
- The series of adventures seem a bit of an excuse on top of the McGuffin. I would have liked more discussion of t ...more
Following Darec along as he tries to discover what has happened to himself was a lot of fun.
It was a very quick read and I highly recommend it to anyone that loves Asimov's universe.
Isaac Asimov introduces the series telling us that he has set down guidelines for it. I'm happy to find that this book does follow in the great tradition of robot stories that he began.
But then, things turn space opera. And not in a good way. Suddenly, Asimov's Robots a ...more
Michael Paul Kube-McDowell's earliest science fiction stories began appearing in magazines such as Amazing, Asimov's, and Analog in 1979. His 1985 debut novel Emprise, the first volume of the Trigon Disunity future history, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. The Quiet Pools, published as a Bantam hardcover in 1990, was a Hugo Award nominee.
In addition to his solo novels, Kube-McDowell has...more