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The Complete Robot

The Complete Robot

A complete collection of Robot stories from Isaac Asimov.

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ISBN 9780586057247
Barcode 9780586057247
Published 1 January 1990 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Asimov, Isaac
Series Robots
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ISBN-13 9780586057247
ISBN-10 0586057242
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Voyager
Publication Date 1 January 1990
International Publication Date 15 December 1983
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Asimov, Isaac
Series Robots
Category Fiction
Science Fiction
Short Stories
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 688
Dimensions Width: 111mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 43mm
Weight 350g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Short stories, American, 20th century
NBS Text Science Fiction & Fantasy
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 79300

Description of this Book

The complete collection of Isaac Asimov's classic Robot stories. In these stories, Asimov creates the Three Laws of Robotics and ushers in the Robot Age -- when Earth is ruled by master-machines and when robots are more human than mankind. The Complete Robot is the ultimate collection of timeless, amazing and amusing robot stories from the greatest science fiction writer of all time, offering golden insights into robot thought processes. Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics were programmed into real computers thirty years ago at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- with suprising results. Readers of today still have many surprises in store...

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review `Isaac Asimov was one of the great explainers of the age...It will never be known how many practicing scientists today, in how many countries, owe their initial inspiration to a book, article, or short story by Isaac Asimov'Carl Sagan `Asimov displayed one of the most dynamic imaginations in science fiction'Daily Telegraph `Asimov's career was one of the most formidable in science fiction'The Times
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)
US Review Virtually an anthology of anthologies: all 31 of Asimov's robot yarns, 1939-76, only four of which - recent, YA-ish filler material - have not appeared in other collections. Based, of course, on his famous Three Laws of Robotics, Asimov's mechanicals come in every variety: there's Multivac the super-computer; robot dogs, birds, autos, and walking bombs; robots immobile and robots humanoid. Asimov's first robot tale, Robbie, is here, along with all the yarns about those Mutt & Jeff robot field testers, Powell and Donovan. Plus: all the stories featuring robo-psychologist Susan Calvin, one of Asimov's more memorable creations; a tale starring Lije Bailey and his robot partner Daneel, detectives from the novels The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun; and, finally, the award-winning robot-becomes-human yarn, The Bicentennial Man. To be sure, many of the older efforts look a bit bedraggled today, though the best of them ( Reason, Liar!, Little Lost Robot, etc.) have weathered pretty well; and the newer stories tend to be weaker if more thoughtful. But even if the overall quality here can't match that of its exemplar, I, Robot, there's quantity and variety enough to please Asimov fans and robot fanciers - who can now assure themselves that they've missed nothing. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Isaac Asimov, world maestro of science fiction, was born in Russia near Smolensk in 1920 and was brought to the United States by his parents three years later. He grew up in Brooklyn where he went to grammar school and at the age of eight he gained his citizen papers. A remarkable memory helped him finish high school before he was sixteen. He then went on to Columbia University and resolved to become a chemist rather than follow the medical career his father had in mind for him. He graduated in chemistry and after a short spell in the Army he gained his doctorate in 1949 and qualified as an instructor in biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine where he became Associate Professor in 1955, doing research in nucleic acid. Increasingly, however, the pressures of chemical research conflicted with his aspirations in the literary field, and in 1958 he retired to full-time authorship while retaining his connection with the University. Asimov's fantastic career as a science fiction writer began in 1939 with the appearance of a short story, `Marooned Off Vesta', in Amazing Stories. Thereafter he became a regular contributor to the leading SF magazines of the day including Astounding, Astonishing Stories, Super Science Stories and Galaxy. He won the Hugo Award four times and the Nebula Award once. With nearly five hundred books to his credit and several hundred articles, Asimov's output was prolific by any standards. Apart from his many world-famous science fiction works, Asimov also wrote highly successful detective mystery stories, a four-volume History of North America, a two-volume Guide to the Bible, a biographical dictionary, encyclopaedias, textbooks and an impressive list of books on many aspects of science, as well as two volumes of autobiography. Isaac Asimov died in 1992 at the age of 72.

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