This is not an ordinary sf novel, nor a graphic novel, nor a conventional illustrated novel. Chiang, design director for the most recent Star Wars films, paints like a scion of N. C. Wyeth, Vincent Di Fate, Maxfield Parrish, and Arthur Rackham. Muscular heroes and monsters, dramatic angles and deep foci, glowing color, and wraithlike figures of malevolence are everywhere in his visual complements to a story that he invented and then asked Card, one of the best and most honored contemporary sf and fantasy authors, to write down. That story--of a world that alien robots, once allies of the planet's human natives, are striving to purge of all carbon-based life, only to be thwarted by a "reborn" human champion--resembles the Star Wars saga in being a myth of restoration, of getting an old dream (liberty and cooperation?) back on track. Also like Star Wars, it succeeds by being neat looking more than interesting. Ray Olson
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Doug Chiang is creative director of Industrial Light and Magic and was the design director for Star Wars Episode 1. He is the author of Star Wars Episode 1: The Portfolio. Orson Scott Card is a pre-eminent sci-fi author with over 100 titles published. His books include the award-winning Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Shadow Puppets, Lost Boys and Enchantment.
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I don't know what the fuss is about. This book is a story with pictures, with more prose than imagery. The artwork is okay, but it's nothing spectacular. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by chris romano
While the story here is pretty simple and wouldn't normally be considered a great sci-fi epic, it is still a cool concept and really well-written. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Chip Hunter
I was looking forward to this title and had heard good things about it. But I was disappointed as I felt I should be reading it aloud to a five year old instead of for myself. Read morePublished on March 15 2004
Although familiar with Orson Scott Card, I had never heard of Doug Chiang or "Robota" prior to picking it up off the shelf in the book store. Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by Matthew Morin
Chiang is a competent and creative designer of fantastic worlds and creatures. Card, as we know from his past novels such as Ender's Game and Lost Boys, is a skilled spinner of... Read morePublished on Dec 18 2003 by This Girl
I am not your typical Sci-Fi enthuist and was unfamiliar with the work of Card or Chiang until this book. However, through this collaborative piece these guys have won my respect! Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2003 by Dayna
This book is totally incredible and unique! I've never read a book like this before. Chiang's artwork is unbelievable and Card's prose is a joy to read. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2003
Absolutely stunning, five-star paintings wasted on a very poor story. Excellently produced book.Published on Oct. 22 2003 by Manuel Mendes de Carvalho
Incredible and thought provoking.
Robota is a very refreshing take on some common sci-fi themes. Read more