Robot Visions Hardcover – Apr 4 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
NAL launches its new SF imprint, ROC, with a collection of 18 of Asimov's ( Foundation ) robot stories. The earliest tales here, written from 1940 to 1960, remain among the most-loved in the field, the best being "Little Lost Robot," about a robot who obeys an order to "get lost." "The Bicentennial Man" (1976) about one robot's desires and efforts to be first free, then equal, is the quintessential robot-as-man's-mirror story. The book concludes with brief essays offering companionable commentary on the history of robots in fiction, the Frankenstein complex, the origin of Asimov's famous Three Laws and the author's own surprise at the emergence of robots during his lifetime.
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"This collection offers 18 stories about robots as well as brief essays in which Asimov comments on robots in fiction, the Frankenstein complex, his famous Three Laws and the development of actual robots. ``The earliest tales here, written from 1940 to 1960, remain among the most-loved in the field," Publishers Weekly
"Classic stories with new material, both fiction and fact, that puts the whole theme together in a larger context." Poul Andersen--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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However, unlike _Robot Dreams_, this one really does concentrate on robots. It also includes a good chunk of Asimov's nonfiction on the subject -- and (unlike Heinlein) Asimov wrote very good nonfiction too.
Two things you should know before you buy this:
(1) It includes most of the contents of _I, Robot_, but not all -- and it also doesn't include the frame story (the interview with Susan Calvin). So even if you buy this, you'll still have to get _I, Robot_ if you don't already have it.
(2) It includes the robot stories that _aren't_ part of _I, Robot_ -- among them the very best Susan Calvin story, "Galley Slave".
At any rate, no Asimov fan will want to be without this one.
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Wonderful book! It is my most favorite book. His visions of the future are neither disparaging nor overly glossy. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2000 by mcnichol
This collection of short stories is great. All of the stories come alive. The 3 rules of robotics is very interesting to ponder. Read morePublished on Dec 21 1998
Including all of "I, Robot"'s stories, a whole new story and some other great sories (even features Daneel and Baley!), this is a great robot's collection. Read morePublished on Dec 10 1998 by email@example.com