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.
This is probably the 3rd time I have experienced this book. I read it as a boy, and again in my 20's and now at 48 I have it in my audio book collection.
I smile at the rather dated references, especially when they are pointed out by those younger than myself, because I must then try to be just as tolerant as those who were older than myself did when I once pointed them out.
I wonder if they too will be drawn back to the actual message in the manuscript over a lifetime and gape at how brilliant Asimov must have been to extrapolate from the 1950's to what we are only now beginning to touch upon.
This is (still) a wonderful book in my opinion, but nothing like the movie - thank goodness. I'm rather disappointed at having that picture on the cover, but such is life.
Nothing is better than the well-written sci-fi story. I'm even trying to write one too. But these days, I have expanded my taste --a bit.
The way all the stores are tied together with a singled character.
The performance meshes with the stories.
It does not NEED a follow up, as it is a collection of interrelated short stories, but additional stories can all be added as long as no one rolls a motorcycle into town and blasts robots.
At no point does anyone jump a motorcycle into the air and start blasting robots with dual uzi's as they land.
Completely different from the movie. Not only does it differ in storyline, plots and climaxes, but the movie only takes ideals and names from the book. Little else. Absolute genius!
I would be the first to state that the tech and social norms are dated (not so much when I first read these as a young teen though). If you are looking for stories about cutting edge tech and so on then this is not for you. If you are looking for brilliant writing and still reverent ideas then this is well worth the time. Buy and enjoy!
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This book was in every conceivable fashion, in story, in theme, in setting, different from the movie, and I'm glad for it. Not bc the movie was per se bad, but bc this book was like no piece of robot writing I've yet to read. iRobot the movie was exciting, but wasn't dissimilar from the plethora of other 'robots-gone-bad' works. The book makes you think twice about how to consider the now seemingly inevitable rise of thinking, conscious computers.
I really enjoyed this book. Having been written before current technology, the time line puts events surprisingly soon, as expected, and things like television are more prominent than I think they should be. But I still like Asimov's approach to what it would be like as robots were developed. Nothing at all like the 2004 movie! Would have liked the narrator to do more accents, but liked his voice.
Glad I bought this title and I enjoyed it.
Not sure if it's the narrator or text, but I had trouble engaging with the story. Mr. Brick, while very talented, is not a reader I connect well with - I find him relatively flat and robotic, which served this story well, I suppose, but leaves me trying harder to stay engaged.
Will definitely check out more Asimov.
Excellent book to listen to...each story is like a mini robo-mystery...a robo-psycho puzzle to solve.
The first stories are relatively simple but grow in complexity in relation to interpreting the Three Laws of Robotics, culminating in a satisfying conclusion to the book.
I re-watched the Will Smith movie after, which is loosely founded on the principles in this book. I found many more things to enjoy about the movie with the added benefit of reading the book, such as the character details and the personalities of the robots.
Interesting stories throughout that, together, flavour the book. The last chapter was a good finish to the overall. I'm left with my own imaginings of what happens next.
The cover chosen sells the book to those unaware that the movie is inspired by but very unlike the novel, however, still well worth the listen.
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