Classic SciFi 9: Isaac Asimov I, Robot & Killer Robots

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Isaac Asimov I, Robot & Killer Robots Today

Introduction

The killer robots come later. I bought two novels at Asia Books in Bangkok in late February and was offered, as part of a promotion, one book free from a remainder pile. I dithered between a beginners guide to Nietzche (not a Belgian — Google it!) and The Robots of Dawn.

The Robots of Dawn is a ‘whodunit’ science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, first published in 1983. It is the third novel in Asimov’s Robot series (Wikipedia). The first novel is I, Robot (1950).

I, Robot is not really a novel but a collection of previously published stories with linking text, by a fictional researcher cum writer.

The Robots of Dawn I found to be incredibly tedious and lacking in action. I must grudgingly admit though that it contained some interesting ideas about robots and humans. I would only recommend these novels and the additional robot stories beyond those in I, Robot to an Asimov scholar. I, Robot is quite sufficient to gain an understanding of Asimov’s approach to and ideas on robots.

I first read I, Robot and Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy when I began university a long time ago, but also a considerable time after they were first published. Having enjoyed I, Robot, I need to get around to re-reading the Foundation Trilogy. I was always struck by Asimov’s ideas on psychohistory (see Further Information below), which are relevant to my What is History Series and the Mule, but that is for another day.

Warning, the remainder of this text becomes progressively disturbing. If you are paranoid or believe that the current state of the world is causing you personal anguish, if the word asteroid causes palpitations, do not read further. Killer robots are not for the faint-hearted.

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