Robot Books

Robot is a series of novels and short stories written by Sci-Fi author Isaac Asimov featuring positronic robots. Most of Asimov’s short stories which he began writing in 1939 are set in the 1st age of space exploration and positronic robotics. What makes Asimov’s robots unique are the 3 Laws of Robotics, built in a robot’s brain in which all the robots must comply and which ensure that the robots do not turn against their creators.

Order of Robot Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 I, Robot 1950 Description / Buy
2 The Caves of Steel 1954 Description / Buy
3 The Naked Sun 1957 Description / Buy
4 The Rest of the Robots 1964 Description / Buy
5 The Robots of Dawn 1983 Description / Buy
6 Robots and Empire 1985 Description / Buy
7 Robot Dreams 1986 Description / Buy
8 The Positronic Man 1992 Description / Buy
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These stories were not originally conceived as a set, but instead, all feature his positronic robots- but the fact is that there some inconsistencies amongst them more so between the novels and the short stories. But the books and the short stories all share the same theme of human interaction with robots and morality.

Asimov began the publication of Robot series in 1950 when I, Robot was publication. This title is a collection of the authors’ previous nine short stories. The next four books are The Caves of Steel (1953), The Naked Sun (1955), The Robots of Dawn (1983) and Robots and Empire published in 1985. The Naked Sun and The Caves of Steel were considered as the classics of the genre, but the later books were also well received.

One of the greatest inspirations for Asimov’s robots was the Zoromes. The Zoromes is a race of mechanical men featured in The Jameson Satellite (1931) by Neil R. Jones. The author read the story aged 11 and confessed it to be his source of inspiration in Before the Golden Age (1975), an anthology in which he narrated the story of Sci-Fi he familiarized himself with during his formative years.

ROBOT AWARDS:

Isaac Asimov’s Robot books have won and also been nominated for various awards. The Robots of Dawn was nominated for both Locus Award and Hugo Award in 1984 while Robots and Empire were shortlisted for the Locus Award for the Best Science Fiction book in 1986.

ROBOT BOOKS INTO MOVIES:

The first-ever adaptation of Robot books was the third episode of a British TV series, Out of This World based on Little Lost Robot that premiered in 1962, starring Maxine Audrey playing the role of Susan Calvin. This was followed by an adaptation of four books The Naked Sun, Liar, Reason, Satisfaction Guaranteed into four episodes of Out of the Unknown, a BBC TV series.

Harlan Ellison created a screenplay in the late 1970’s based on Asimov novel I, Robot for Warner Bros. Unfortunately, this film project was abandoned, but later this screenplay was subsequently published in a book I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay (1994). In 1988, a film titled, Robots based on Asimov Robot series was released featuring Stephen Rowe playing the role of Elijah Baley.

BEST ROBOT BOOKS:

These are two best books in Robot series by Isaac Asimov, I, Robot (1950) and The Robots of Dawn (1983).

I, Robot: In the first book in Robot series, Asimov introduces the readers to three fundamental laws of Robotics. First, robots cannot injure humans or under any circumstance allow human to come into harm. Secondly, robots must obey all orders by human beings except situations where such commands would conflict the first law. The third law is that a robot must protect itself but it should contradict the first and second laws.

With these three fundamental laws, Isaac Asimov changed the human perception of robots forever when he created the laws governing robots behaviors. In I, Robot, the author narrates the development of robots through a network of interlinked stories, from the primitive origin to the perfection in the near future- a time when the human race may be rendered obsolete.

The Robots of Dawn: A millennium into the near future, advancements in tech have altered the course of humanity; the creation of the positronic brain and colonization of the Galaxy. The Robots of Dawn narrates the partnership between a New York Detective and a robot who must learn to live together.

Agent Elijah Baley is called in to solve the mysterious case of roboticide. The main suspect in the case is a Roboticist who had the motive, means and the opportunity to undertake the crime. There is only one catch, and Bailey and his robot friend must prove the man innocent for in a case of love and political intrigue, there is more at stake than just simple justice.

OTHER BOOK SERIES YOU MAY LIKE

If you like Robot series by Isaac Asimov, you will like “House of Robots” by James Patterson and “Rabbit & Robot” series by Cece Bell.

What Is The Next Book in The Robot Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Robot Series. The newest book is The Positronic Man and was released on November, 30th 1991.

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