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Robot Visions [Hardcover]

Isaac Asimov
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April 4 1990
A collection of 36 of Asimov's most important robot short stories and essays, from "Robbie", his first robot story, and the tales of Susan Calvin and the detective team of Lije Bailey and R. Daneel Olivaw, to the title story, written specifically for this volume.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection Sept. 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like its companion _Robot Dreams_, this collection is in part an excuse to feature the haunting illustrations of Ralph McQuarrie and partly a well-chosen selection of the Good Doctor's short writings.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 18 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a great collection of Asimov's robot stories. Robot Visions was intended to be a companion to Robot Dreams. Both collections have older stories with a few new ones written for the book. You can really tell how Asimov thought about his beloved creation, the robots. The various stories show every point of view possible, from a robot's view or a man's. In the back of the novel, Asimov wrote several essays explaining his views on robotics. Definately a pleasurable read, whether you are a sci-fi fan or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of two great collections of Asimov's shorts Dec 15 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Robot Visions and Robot Dreams would not be complete without each other. Robot Visions is actually the better of the two, showing a little more variety in the stories and a little more creativity (as if you could imagine Isaac Asimov being anything but creative). If you like stories about robots, these are the stories that every other writer wishes they thought of first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Acidic Susan Calvin Aug. 25 2000
By Innoma
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I like Asimov generally, but Susan Calvin has got to be his worst protagonist -- she's arch, acerbic, narrow-minded, and rarely bearable in any form. Its a shame she figures in so much of his work. Even so, there are some good stories in this book, particularly 'The Bicentennial Man,' which manages to have scope and sustain a gentle, forlorn quality throughout.
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