Sci Fi Month Review – I, Robot by Isaac Asimov – A scifi that really makes you think


Earth is ruled by master-machines but the Three Laws of Robotics have been designed to endure humans maintain the upper hand:

1) A robot may not injure a human being or allow a human being to come to harm.

2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

But what happens when a rogue robot’s idea of what is good for society contravenes the Three Laws?

I, Robot
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazingly took me this long to get around to reading one of the classics.
I have seen the film and , shock of all shocks, it bears only a passing resemblance to the book.

The book is less about the technology and much more about the developing psychology of Robots , working around the changing understanding of the famous three rules of robotics.
Rather than one story the development is shown in a very interesting series of short stories told through the recollections of a famous Robopsychologist.
The little quirks that pop up , and how they are explained are intriguing and the oddities that pop up in the Robots range from funny to sinister.
This book is definitely a thinker , challenging your mind in many ways.
The three rules start out as something simple but the delicate balances between how they can be interpreted in given circumstances or after certain orders , and where they lead in the long wrong show how even something so simple can be very complex as well.
The level of genius is brilliant. and its definitely a Sci-Fi that has aged well

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About Paul Walsh

I'm a big fan of fantasy and scifi, which would make up most of my reading but will branch out often enough. Favourite authors vary over time but generally include Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Conn Iggulden, Robert Harris, Karen Maitlan, Kate Mosse, Anne Rice, Philip K Dick, Ray Bradbury. John Scalzi, Mark Lawrence, Pat Rothfuss and a host of others. I'm not the harshest reviewer but will note down a few words on all books I read.
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2 Responses to Sci Fi Month Review – I, Robot by Isaac Asimov – A scifi that really makes you think

  1. I always thought this one was a short story rather than a full novel, or is it quite a short novel?

    I haven’t seen the film, not too bothered, but I would like to read it one day.

    • pipbookview says:

      Its a short enough book, roughly 250 pages but its actually a sequence of short stories making a novel of sorts, told by one character for an interview and featuring a lot of the same scientists.

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