I have recently been drawn to some older works of science fiction. This led me to Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot. This is a book that I have wanted to read for some time.

I Robot

If you think you already know the story because you have seen the Will Smith movie of the same name, you are mistaken. While the movie is inspired by the world that Asimov created and revolved around the three laws of robotics, they are very different.

The other thing that you need to know is that this is not actually a novel. It is a collection of short stories that were published in science fiction magazines in the 1940s and were compiled under one cover in 1950.

What brings all the stories together is the fact that they are taking place in the 21st century setting and each has a connection to robopsychologist Dr. Susan Calvin.

Twenty-first century humanity has developed robots using a positronic brain but they must be careful how they are used. Many on earth want nothing to do with them. The three laws of robotics are what keeps fragile peace, that and some other strict regulations.

But every once in a while, something strange happens with one of the robots. They think or do something that humans are not expecting and that leads into each story.

There is plenty of fodder for scientific ethics in these stories and they do not have to be just plain escapism.

The other thing I found interesting was that the stories, compiled in 1950, take place in the 21st century, including some of the era that we currently are in. I found it fascinating to read what people in 1950 thought the 2020s would be like.

If you like science fiction, especially older works, I recommend I, Robot.


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