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I, Robot Book Review
I just finished reading I,Robot by Isaac Asimov. This science fiction work was first published in 1950 and is a collection of previously published short stories that have been combined to read as a novel.
I, Robot centers around the Three Laws of Robotics, which must be followed in this order: Robots must not harm a human, robots must follow human orders, and robots must protect their own existence.
Each chapter tells a different story and each story is like a thought experiment, setting up a situation that must be solved by using the Three Laws of Robotics. For example, how could you tell the difference between a robot that looks like a human and an actual human. Or what if you had many identical robots except one was following a slight variation of rule one. What experiment could you do to determine which robot was different. The reader can pause to try to solve each dilemma, or can simply enjoy the story and see how the characters come to the solution.
Even though the stories were written more than 70 years ago and are set in the future, the description of technology is reasonable and does not take away from the enjoyment of the stories.
English learners of an intermediate level and above should be able to enjoy this book. The writing is straightforward without a lot of difficult words or sci-fi jargon. The stories are appropriate for all ages. The paperback version that I read is 224 pages.
If you are a fan of science fiction I highly recommend that you read I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.
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This is David B. Thanks for listening!