Isaac Asimov's I, Robot is one of the most influential science fiction books ever published. A fix-up novel combining nine short stories with a framing narrative, it introduced the Three Laws of Robotics to the world. Not only did it inspire generations of SF novelists, but also the real-world development of robotic engineering and artificial intelligence. A film version was released in 2004.
This collection contains I, Robot, its follow-up The Rest of the Robots, and the four Elijah Bailey novels. These are set thousands of years later, and the final book Robots and Empire ties the Robot series into the wider universe of The Foundation Series.
Titles in This Set:
The Short Stories
- I, Robot
- The Rest of the Robots
The Elijah Bailey Novels
- The Caves of Steel
- The Naked Sun
- The Robots of Dawn
- Robots and Empire
From the publisher:
What happens when a robot begins to question its creators? What would be the consequences of creating a robot with a sense of humour? Or the ability to lie? How do we truly tell the difference between man and machine?
In I, Robot, Asimov sets out the Three Laws of Robotics designed to protect humans from their robotic creations and pushes them to their limits and beyond.
Following genius robopsychologist Dr. Susan Calvin and engineers Powell and Donovan, these short stories helped to transform artificial intelligence from a dream into a science and changed perceptions of robots for ever.
The Rest of the Robots
In The Rest of the Robots, robopsychologist Dr. Susan Calvin and engineers Powell and Donovan return to investigate many more puzzling anomalies and catastrophic malfunctions.
With characteristic wit, foresight and imagination, Asimov s stories uncover the practical and ethical issues humanity will encounter in a robotic future.
The Caves of Steel
In the vast, domed cities of Earth, artificial intelligence is strictly controlled; in the distant Outer Worlds, colonists and robots live side by side.
A Spacer ambassador is found dead and detective Elijah Baley is assigned to find the killer. But with relations between the two cultures in the balance, the Spacers insist that he work with a partner of their choosing – a robot partner, R. Daneel Olivaw.
Baley has never seen a robot like Daneel before – almost indistinguishable from a human – and soon, though the Three Laws of Robotics should render the crime impossible, Baley’s partner becomes his prime suspect.
The Naked Sun
On the planet of Solaria, Spacers live in almost complete isolation, tended by robot servants and disgusted by the thought of human contact. And yet, one of their number has been beaten to death.
Incapable of solving the crime, the authorities of the Outer Worlds seek help from Earth from renowned detective Elijah Baley.
Partnered once again with the robot Daneel Olivaw, Baley travels to this strange new world and uncovers a plot that could change the relationship between humans and robots for ever.
The Robots of Dawn
On Aurora, the first and greatest of the Spacer planets, Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw investigate yet another seemingly impossible crime this time, a roboticide.
Someone has destroyed the positronic mind of R. Jander Panell, a humanoid twin to Daneel. His creator, the master roboticist Han Fastolfe, denies all involvement. So does Gladia Delmarre, the robot s owner. And lover.
Working in the heart of Spacer politics and civilisation, Baley and Daneel soon realise that their decisions will have profound consequences not only on relations between Earth and the Outer Worlds, but on mankind s place in the galaxy.
Robots and Empire
Two centuries have passed since Elijah Baley's actions on Aurora sent settlers from Earth to new worlds all over the galaxy.
The Spacer planet of Solaria has been abandoned by humans, though countless robots remain. When settlers arrive to salvage them, something unthinkable happens the robots attack.
Accompanied by Gladia Delmarre and the robots Daneel and Giskard, a descendant of Elijah Baley sets out for Solaria to investigate, a quest that will lead them to a vast, catastrophic conspiracy and a revolution in the Three Laws of Robotics.
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