So, you saw ‘I Robot’ the movie, and now you want to read the book. The book is always better than the movie, right? This is no exception, to that rule, but you’ll have a surprise none the less. They aren’t the same story.
I Robot is a collection of short stories. None of them have anything to do with Will Smith, murdered company executives, or a cop everyone thinks is crazy. Instead, we follow a reporter interviewing a robot psychologist. Each short story is anecdote told by her. Sometimes she relates things that happened to her. Sometimes she relates stories that happened to her collogues. In each case, the three laws of robotics are applied. 1. A robot may not harm, or by inaction allow to be harmed a human being. 2. A robot must follow the orders of a human being except where it would violate the first law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence, except where it would violate the first and second law. As the reader, we must figure out what happened and why. How can the a robot obey the three laws, and yet still kill a human being?
A wonderful read. It’s easy to see why this is a science fiction classic.
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