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I, Robot

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1950
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Introduction - Introduction
1 - Robbie
2 - Runaround
3 - Reason
4 - Catch That Rabbit
5 - Liar!
6 - Little Lost Robot
7 - Escape!
8 - Evidence
9 - The Evitable Conflict
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A series of science fiction books written by Isaac Asimov.  These books gave us the well-known Three Laws of Robotics.  They also tie in with the Foundation series.

1) I, Robot
2) The Caves of Steel
3) The Naked Sun
4) The Robots of Dawn
5) Robots and Empire
Copyright, 1950, by Isaac Asimov
Copyright © 1950, 1977 by the Estate of Isaac Asimov
To John W. Campbell, Jr.,
who god-fathered the robots
"Ninety-eight - ninety-nine - one hundred."
May contain spoilers
She died last month at the age of eighty-two.
Comments may contain spoilers
The story entitled "Robbie" was first published as "Strange Play-fellow" in Super Science Stories. Copyright 1940 by Fictioneers, Inc.  The following stories from Astounding Science Fiction, "Reason," "Liar 1," "Runaround," "Catch That Rabbit," "Paradoxical Escape," "Evidence," "Little Lost Robot," "The Evitable Conflict," are respectively Copyright, 1941, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc.
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Added: 29-Dec-2002
Last Updated: 05-Mar-2023

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 01-Jan-1961
New American Library
Mass Market Paperback
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Jan-1961
Format:
Mass Market Paperback
Cover Price:
$0.35
Pages*:
192
Catalog ID:
S1885
Internal ID:
1927
ISBN:
0-451-02458-3
ISBN-13:
978-0-451-02458-9
Printing:
3
Country:
United States
Language:
English
THE RISE OF MECHANICAL MEN


Here is a whole panorama of strange and thrilling tales about Earth in the years to ahead when robots reach such an advanced stage that they theaten to rise up and control the world.

I, ROBOT

The classic chronicle-novel about a future civilization helped, and menaced, by complex servomechanisms - has been hailed as the outstanding science-fiction book of its kind.

"An exiting science thriller." - New York Times

ISAAC ASIMOV, one of the outstanding imaginative writers today, is also a biochemist and teacher at the Boston University School of Medicine.  Mr. Asimov is the author of The Caves of Steel, The End of Eternity, and The Martian Way.
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First Printing, March, 1956
Second Printing, (Canada), May, 1957
Third Printing, January, 1961

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 01-Dec-1991
Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback
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Date Issued:
01-Dec-1991
Format:
Mass Market Paperback
Pages*:
288
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Internal ID:
427
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ISBN:
0-553-29438-5
ISBN-13:
978-0-553-29438-5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
ASIMOV
THE ROBOT SERIES
I, ROBOT


THE THREE LAWS OF ROBOTICS
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given 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.

Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the classic laws governing their bahvior.  In I, Robot Asimov chronicles the developement of the robot from its primitive origins to the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future - a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.

Here are stories of robots gone mad, mind-reading robots, robots with a sense of humor, robot politicians, and robots whi secretly run the world, all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asimov's trademark.
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 01-Jun-2004
Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Jun-2004
Format:
Mass Market Paperback
Cover Price:
$7.99
Pages*:
272
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Internal ID:
2570
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-553-29438-5
ISBN-13:
978-0-553-29438-5
Printing:
29
Country:
United States
Language:
English
i, Robot

They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence... but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two.  With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities - and unforeseen risks.  For the scientists who invented the earliest robots weren't content that their creations should remain programmed helpers, companions, and semisentient worker-machines.  And soon the robots themselves, aware of their own intelligence, power, and humanity, aren't either.

As humans and robots struggle to survive together - and sometimes against each other - on earth and in space, the future of both hangs in the balance.  Here human men and women confront robots gone mad, telepathic robots, robot politicians, and vast robotic intelligences that may already secretly control the world.  And both are asking the same questions: What is human?  And is humanity obsolete?
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Doubleday hardcover edition published 1950
Bantam mass market edition / December 1991
Bantam hardcover edition and Bantam mass market reissue / June 2004
Twenty-ninth printing based on the number line.
Canada: $11.99

I do not like move tie-in covers - especially when the movie has nothing to do with the book.  I got this book along with others in a deal on eBay.

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Author(s)

Isaac Asimov  
Birth: 02 Jan 1920 Petrovichi, Russia
Death: 06 Apr 1992 New York, USA

Notes:
Contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion during a triple bypass heart surgery.

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