I feel like such a genre slut, I can’t keep to just one genre. I think the kind of reader I am sticking to one genre would make me bored. So, today is sci-fi.
I first decided to read I, Robot by Isaac Asimov after watching the movie I, Robot with Will Smith. Smith did a great job, by the way, he always does.
Anyhow, when I started reading the actual book I was surprised it was a compilation of short stories about robots and not one cohesive story about one special robot. It does, however, have a robot psychologist that is in nearly every story. Susan Calvin is a bit scary to me. If I was a robot I would definitely be scared of her and keep all my secrets from Susan. Any out of the ordinary thought a robot has, no matter how innocent she always seems to wipe their memories completely. Sometimes I didn’t even see it coming! Which goes back to the fact that she is a robot psychologist, but her answer to any kind of psychology of a robot is to squash anything a robot has to become humanlike or more self-conscience. I kind of ended up hating her, but that’s not to say that the stories aren’t fascinating.
The robots in the story start off primitive and as the story progresses become more sophisticated. Although, any of the robots in this book are more advanced than any robots we have nowadays.
The other thing that connects all the stories is that there are three laws of robotics that all robots have to adhere to, which many other authors and movies seem to borrow from as well:
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 to 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.
If you love books about robots and want some short stories to read I recommend I, Robot.