I, Robot is a name that many people are familiar with. But this I, Robot is not what you think it is. It is not the Will Smith blockbuster film. Nor is it any of the short stories from the collection of the same name by famous robot fiction author Isaac Asimov, who’s work inspired that film. It’s not even the novelized script from the unproduced film written by Asimov and another famous sci-fi author, Harlan Ellison.
While unrelated to the previously mentioned works, this story came first and did influence Asimov’s work. It was Asimov’s publisher who chose to call the collection of work I, Robot, against the writer’s objections.
This is the story of Adam Link, as told by brothers Otto Binder and Earl Andrew Binder under the suedodym Eando Binder (E and O Binder). Continue reading
Guess what! I’m not dead! But, I think it’s definitely safe to say this – I won’t be completing my goal in a year, as was my original goal. I have definitely fallen off the rails. In fact, its been 24 days since I initially started this post. However, I am still determined to keep on trekking. I do feel as though I was pushing myself to get too much in and out within a week and I wasn’t having as good a time as I could have. I took a nice, needed break, and since then I’ve been stuck in rut. I have gone ahead with a several items, but haven’t had time to write about all them. Now, with all of my and my wifes vacation hours used up, exams and assignments finally finished up and no more weddings to attend I hope to get caught up with all my pre-enjoyed works. Two of these are things that I took in a long while ago, when I was still going strong at a year a week. Before I fell off the wagon. One – a comedy that uses the end of the world as a backdrop to challenge our understanding of logic and reasoning. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which even goes as far as to give us the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything. The other, its inspiration and another entry done by one of my favourite authors – Isaac Asimov. Continue reading
I do not have a ton of science fiction literature under my belt. But even before I really started to get into it I knew the name Isaac Asimov. I knew he had written lots about robots, and I knew about his “3 Laws of Robotics”. I had watched I, Robot and I had even seen Bicentennial Man. The story I read this week was the inspiration for the latter in both name and story.
Bicentennial Man tells the story of NDR, AKA Andrew Martin. Andrew is a robot and is originally the property of the Martin family. Meant as a household servant, Andrews role changes when it is discovered that he has left him a knack for woodcarving. His creations make a small fortune for the family. His creativity comes from a unique abnormality in his positronic brain that gives him a heightened sense of self. The Martins are the type of family I hope I would be if I were in this situation. Despite being the legal owners of Andrew, they recognized that these masterpieces were of his doing and put half of the money away in savings for him. As the years pass they update his body to the most advanced of technology. Slowly, between the efforts of himself and the lineage of the Martens (/Charney) family, he becomes more and more human in body, mind and legal status. He eventually concurs his goal. On his 200th Birthday.
Isaac Asimov, whom I’ve written about before, here, is a true master of story telling. His 1972 book: The Gods Themselves is evidence of this. I started this book on Thursday and read 20 pages of it here and there for a few days. I was telling a friend, yesterday, that it was good, but that I just wasn’t into the actual task of reading it, and I worried if I would have it done by the Wednesday. Well, I went home and (with the intention of reading two or three more chapters) blitzed through the rest of the book. Spent about 8 hours total on it. I read till 2 in the morning. Damn was it good.
1966 starts with a double header: Fantastic Voyage and Fantastic Voyage! One, the Academy Award winning film that sends 5 miniaturized people on a journey through the human body to save a mans life. The other, a novel written by famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov that sends… well, it tells the same story.