I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
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The three laws of Robotics:
1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm
2) A robot must obey orders givein to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future--a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.

Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world--all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asmiov's trademark.

About Isaac Asimov

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Isaac Asimov began his Foundation Series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned over 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decasdes. He died, at age of seventy-two, in April 1992.
Published June 1, 2004 by Spectra. 304 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Computers & Technology, Children's Books, Science & Math. Fiction

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A new edition of the by now classic collection of affiliated stories which has already established its deserved longevity.

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"Suggested by" Isaac Asimov's robot stories—two stops removed from "based on" and "inspired by," the credit implies something scribbled on a bar napkin—Alex Proyas' science-fiction thriller I, Robot sprinkles Asimov's ideas like seasoning on a giant bucket of popcorn.

Jul 20 2004 | Read Full Review of I, Robot (Bantam Spectra Book)

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I hope you were able to avoid reading any reviews of I, Robot before seeing the movie.

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Whereas Smith, et al., destroy the smothering, but protective robot mind, Asimov personally left the future of robotics to the mind of the reader.

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It has a great plot and really is a fabulous lead into the Robot Series.

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Spooner suspects the seemingly harmless robot named Sonny of committing murder, something the Three Laws of Robotics could not allow.

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The book shows the evolution of robotics, from the time when there were the primitive robots who couldn’t even talk, when the world wasn’t ready for them yet, till the time when robots were used to manage interplanetary affairs!

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Strange Horizons

Fans of Isaac Asimov's original stories and general readers who are aware of the classic status of his I, Robot collection (1950) will know that Mickey Zucker Reichert is following in the steps of some pretty hefty sideburns.

Jan 25 2012 | Read Full Review of I, Robot (Bantam Spectra Book)

Geek Speak Magazine

I first picked up I, Robot because the Will Smith movie was coming out, spurring me on to think, “Asimov was a pretty okay writer, I should read the Robot Series.” I, Robot, the book, is a series of short stories, told as the reminisces of a chief “robopsychologist” in the 21st century.

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Horror News Net

“Set in a future Earth (2035 AD) where robots are common assistants and workers for their human owners, this is the story of ‘robotophobic’ Chicago Police Detective Del Spooner’s investigation into the murder of Dr. Alfred Lanning, who works at US Robotics, in which a robot, Sonny, appears to be ...

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Locus Mag

More broadly, in order to provide regular doses of such robotic violence — the only attention-getting device the filmmakers seem to have mastered — I, Robot perversely imposes upon Asimov's universe the sort of story that his entire robot series, according to Asimov, was designed to contradict an...

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