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The Complete Robot [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2018] ISAAC ASIMOV Paperback – January 1, 2018
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- Publisher : Fiction; edition (January 1, 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0008277818
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008277819
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.08 x 1.54 x 7.8 inches
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1 The Complete Robot (1982) [and/or I, Robot (1950)]
2 Caves of Steel (1954) This is the first of my robot novels.
3 The Naked Sun (1957) The second robot novel.
4 The Robots of Dawn (1983) The third robot novel.
5 Robots and Empire (1985) The fourth robot novel.
6 The Currents of Space (1952) This is the first of my [Galactic] Empire novels.
7 The Stars, Like Dust (1951) The second [Galactic] Empire novel.
8 Pebble in the Sky (1950) The third [Galactic] Empire novel and my first novel.
9 Prelude to Foundation (1988) This is the first Foundation novel.
10 Forward the Foundation (1993) This is the second Foundation novel.
11 Foundation (1951) This is now the third Foundation novel but most of the world knows this book as the first book of the original Foundation Trilogy. Actually, it began as a collection of four short stories, originally published between 1942 and 1944, plus an introductory section written for the book in 1949.
12 Foundation and Empire (1952) This is the fourth Foundation novel, made from two short stories, originally published in 1945.
13 Second Foundation (1953) This is the fifth Foundation novel, made from two short stories, originally published in 1948 and 1949.
14 Foundation's Edge (1982) This is the sixth Foundation novel.
15 Foundation and Earth (1986) This is the seventh Foundation novel.
I have finished the first book, and am currently on the 4th of the Robot novels (#5 on the list). I have been amazed so far at how much the Robot novels, which I had not previously read in completion, add to the story of Foundation and Empire.
Re the book reviewed here, "Complete Robot", Asimov comments that either it or the 1950 "I, Robot" is acceptable, but "Complete Robot" is way better - it really *is* complete. It is a huge book, and contains *all* his Robot short stories and novellas. You don't necessarily have to read *every* story for Foundation & Empire background, but of course you will, if you are an Asimov lover like me :)
It also includes (as a result) all of I, Robot (less the “bridge” passages which lie between the stories in I, Robot), all of The Rest of the Robots (less The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun), and a bunch of other stuff.
(It also includes some “semi-robot” stories, such as ”Sally,” and a few which are not in any other Asimov anthology.)
Of course, it leaves a few items out written in the last ten years of Asimov’s life such as “Robot Dreams” and ”Robot Visions,” but on the whole these later stories are relatively lesser works. “The Bicentennial Man” is Asimov’s last seminal robot story, and it is included, as are all the ones that came before. This can, then, be taken as a definitive collection of the robot shorts and should be owned by any Asimov fan or student.
Need I add that, ironically, it’s only sporadically available? The Science Fiction Book Club periodically comes out with new printings, but otherwise, one’s best bet is a good used book service on the Internet.
There are a few stories of malevolent robots and a few stories of nearly heroic robots. Most of the stories are about how robots interact with the people around them – their supervisors in the work environment (most of the robots in these stories are designed for specific jobs, many of them in outer space), the people sent to set them up, test them, or troubleshoot them, or people in the population in general. And most of the stories involve how the robots interpret Asimov’s three laws of robotics.
These stories show us the best of robots, and the worst of robots. And in so doing, they show us the best and the worst of humans.
Realized after I bought it that I had seen the book appear in the Picard series in the posession of the captain (whose name I believe was borrowed from Asimov's stories).
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The only let down for me was the character of Dr Susan Calvin, I just couldn't stand her cold personality and I found some of her robot loving logic was too flawed, which ruined a few of the short stories for me. But that is just my opinion, I know many people love her character and it definitely doesn't ruin the high quality of the compilation.
Highly recommended, you will not be disappointed if you choose to purchase this!