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I, Robot | [Isaac Asimov]

I, Robot

They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.
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They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks. For the scientists who invented the earliest robots weren't content that their creations should remain programmed helpers, companions, and semisentient worker-machines. And soon the robots themselves, aware of their own intelligence, power, and humanity, aren't either.

As humans and robots struggle to survive together, and sometimes against each other, on earth and in space, the future of both hangs in the balance. Here human men and women confront robots gone mad, telepathic robots, robot politicians, and vast robotic intelligences that may already secretly control the world. And both are asking the same questions: What is human? And is humanity obsolete?

©1950, 1977 Isaac Asimov; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Niels J. Rasmussen 12-07-12 Member Since 2015

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    "One of the BEST Collection of Short Stories I Know"
    Any additional comments?

    FIRST OFF - This audiobook is NOT a re-telling of the storyline for the movie "I, Robot".
    It is actually an amazing collection of robot-related short stories by Asimov.
    Some might be disappointed by this fact, but I found this series to be as good as it gets (as far as ANY sci-fi goes). My favorite of the short stories by FAR was "Reason", in which a robot does not believe that he had been constructed by humans and goes on to start his own robo-religion of sorts. BUY THIS BOOK!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    NEZSouth 07-24-04
    NEZSouth 07-24-04
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    "I-Robot is entertaining sci-fi"

    Surprisingly on-target science fiction for the year in which it was published. Keen wit and creative story lines are Assimov. I am sure the movie will take a completely different tact. Enjoyable but not irrestible.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 06-15-04
    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 06-15-04 Member Since 2014

    Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.

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    "It's about time"

    I, like many other fans of Dr. Asimov, have been waiting a long time for this classic to be heard. I was born before WWII and have read, I think, nearly everything in print by this genius of a man. This production is well done and very enjoyable: I consider it a must have for any real sci-fi enthusiast.

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    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 10-03-04
    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 10-03-04 Member Since 2014
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    "A great book"

    This is a great book and a good interpretation on audio.

    Some comments have said it is disjointed. Well it would be because it is a collection of short stories rather than a novel. It should be heard as such and is the better for it.

    As has been pointed out, there are no weapons and no wars. There is conflict but it is not overt and violent. This is a story written from the point of view of a robopsychologist and is about the psyche of robots. Asimov is not setting out to describe the building of a robot because the enabling technologies either didn't exist or were in their infancy. If you have just seen the movie and think this is more of the same - forget it. This is the original and best.

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    C. Paget London 11-19-05
    C. Paget London 11-19-05 Member Since 2014
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    "If you saw the movie........"

    ...But didn't get round to reading/hearing the book yet, you absolutely must as soon as possible. The movie, whilst fairly entertaining in it's own right, is a travesty vis a vis the book, and it's arguably the most blatent misappropriation of a book title ever. (though to be fair to the producers of the movie, in the credits they say "suggested by I.Robot"). If you are new to Asimov, also relish the regrettably only other Asimov audio book so far available here, which he reads himself. Pure pleasure.

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    Richard 09-26-05
    Richard 09-26-05 Member Since 2003
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    "A Classic Sci-Fi Tale - the birth of Robotics"

    By now everyone understands and has seen the three rules of robotics which are the unifying theme for I, Robot. These have appeared in every modern day Sci-fi flick involving robots and I, Robot is the primer necessary for their understanding. Robot theology aside, this book delivers fascinating and understandable real-life examples of robot "thought development" and man's struggles to codify how we think. All the vignettes with the book are great and could stand on their own, but it is the continuity of the concepts which makes this book great. Plus you really get to like the characters and look forward to seeing what happens next.

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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 04-17-15
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 04-17-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Classic Old School Science Fiction"

    This is a collection of short stories revolving around a central character, a robot psychologist who is about to retire. She reminisces to a reporter and the stories represent the events she is telling the reporter about, although as told by a narrator other than the psychologist. All of the stories turn on the Three Rules of Robotics, which I’m sure another review or two have spelled out elsewhere.

    This book in the first in the series and although I have not read the others (yet), I can tell you the story in the Will Smith movie is not found in this book or any of the others. Characters, situations, and ideas from this book do appear in that movie, but the idea of a violent robot uprising runs contrary to the theme in this book of robots not generally being able to harm humans. Though, the final story in this book suggests robots may be able to subtly manipulate mankind to their mutual benefit.

    The stories are mostly clever and fun. The dialogue, the ways the characters interact, and the underlying “science”, now seem quaint of course. But younger readers will still enjoy this sci-fi classic if they suspend the part of their mind struggling with that and just enjoy the stories themselves.

    I recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of vintage sci fi.

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    Joann waterford, NY, USA 12-29-07
    Joann waterford, NY, USA 12-29-07
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    "wonderful book"

    i love this book everyone should give it a listen the speaker does a great job with it was great reading as a kid and now listening to it all this time after...it is a great book if you like robots for sure.

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    Kenneth lagrangeville, NY, USA 01-29-05
    Kenneth lagrangeville, NY, USA 01-29-05
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    "true science fiction"

    timeless, gripping, interwoven and connected short stories shows science fiction prose and Asimov at their best!

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    Christopher Hamtramck, MI, USA 01-08-05
    Christopher Hamtramck, MI, USA 01-08-05
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    "Sizzling Saturn indeed!"

    I have never seen the big new Hollywood movie, but from the trailer (and even from the book cover) I can see it has nothing to do with the book. And this intrigues me! Not only is this book full of what makes good science fiction good-- an eerily accurate foresight into attitudes (if not technologies) of the future-- it also becomes an inadvertant critique of what we call entertainment today (see also The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Time Machine).

    A surprising element popped out to me: this book is very much like The Martian Chronicles. In essence, it is a series of short stories that follows the development of the use of robotics in the future. The Martian Chronicles, considered one of Ray Bradbury's best, follows human occupation of Mars. Neither came close to being true, but both explore some very real human developments, such as our attitudes toward religion and a desire for simplicity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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