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Bicentennial Man Mass Market Paperback – March 9, 2000

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Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992) Isaac Asimov was one of the most famous, honoured and widely read science fiction authors of all time. Born in Russia but raised in the USA, his career as an SF writer began in 1939 with 'Marooned Off Vesta', in Amazing Stories. His output was prolific by any standards - in a career spanning five decades, he wrote more than four hundred books, won six Hugos, two Nebulas and the SFWA Grand Master Award, among many others, and provided pleasure and insight to millions of readers. He died in 1992 at the age of 72.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (March 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857989325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857989328
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I am *not* just popping off when I make that statement. "The Bicentennial Man" contains within it all the best of Asimov's writing, and a theme (a robot decides it's time to become more of a man, and does whatever it takes to realize his dream) that has the elements of courage, love, devotion, friendship, and determination that any truly great story could have. The other stories are excellent, but buy the book for "The Bicentennial Man." You *won't* be disappointed.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By roy knapp on December 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Bicentenial Man, now made into a movie? It was one if Asimov's better works, but not his absolute best. Near the end of his career, Issac started pulling all his novels together in the last books of his Foundation Series. To fully appreciate his work, Foundation, Foundation & Empire and Second foundation are required reading. Also Caves of Steel presents the theme of the "human" robot. If you want to grok fully the Foundation conclusion. I Robot would also be very helpful, if you enjoy Asimov.
Check out the musical interpretaion by The Alan Parsons Project, I Robot. It is a tribute, if you will, to the book. By someone else who obviously HAS read it.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In my opinion, "The Bicentennial Man" is the best science fiction short story ever written. Andrew is a robot owned by the Martin family and he is loyal as the laws of robotics dictate. However, he is also very unusual, his positronic brain allows for thoughts far beyond what other robots can conjure. He is so unusual that the manufacturer discontinued all manufacturing along that line to avoid the possibility of creating another.
Andrew's goal is to become human and over serious political and social opposition he finally manages to be granted full status as a human. However, before he can achieve that pinnacle, he first must arrange for his "natural death." It is a compelling story of what it means to be human as well as how humans interact with each other and face their fears of other intellects.
The remaining stories in this collection of short science fiction stories by Asimov are also good, just outclassed by the quality of "The Bicentennial Man." This is the fourth time that I have read this book, roughly once every ten years since it was first published. It remains one of my favorite books and I will certainly be opening it again in another ten years.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Years ago this was released as (Bicentennial man & other short stories) and this is not a full novel of the life of Andrew Martin. There is another book out there called (The Positronic Man) which Isaac Asimov co wrote with Siilverber that was a full novel version of this short story. though I think this is a wonder book of short stories by Asimov I just hope must understand it is not a full novel version of that story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Strang on February 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found the story of a robot wanting to become more human fantastic. We take for granted all of the things that we experience and feel...and a robot wanted to experience the same things we did. I found it touching when he wanted to do what we find either dull or average. To him it was all new and wonderful.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "makamo" on October 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
There have been several groundbreaking works of Science Fiction that have brought the genre to its present glory of that of today.
The heartfelt story of an unordinary robot named Andrew who wishes to become a human being; or more a person under philosophical terms is an extraordinary achievement that has sparked great interest into the genre.
The story is one of great peril as Andrew a robot fights for acceptance in society, then fights for the right to freedom to later wanting to look human and to be accepted in society. Striving for humanity is his ultimate goal.
Living two hundred years and experiencing the loss of the members of the Martin family brings a touching heartfelt meaning to this robot story.
Isaac Asimov writes with creative flair, bringing out the emotions of everyone involved. He mindsets the extraordinary feelings of Andrew, the robot and gives him a unique personality with realistic goals.
This is a great story. One I would recommend to new readers of science fiction and old readers who want to recapture the esscence of what the genre is all about. Besides, it's a quick and enjoyable read for those with not much spare time.
Highly Recommended!
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Hmm, Amazon.com had me answer a series of questions before I could write a review and the options are not completely conducive to this book. The Bicentennial Man is a collection of 12 short stories centered around robotics and computers, or should I say the grand computer called Multivac? So there's at least 12 plots, that's why I chose "full of surprises" also because Asimov had a wide range of writing skill despite being classified as a science fiction writer of the scope of robots and computers. I chose "nostalgic" for mood because I remember how abundant Asimov books used to be in school libraries decades ago (gosh, has it been decades since I went to school?!) and the fact that Asimov is a mid-late 20th Century author which probably influenced his style of writing, sci-fi vision, and ideas. And from another nostalgic point of view I had not seen the movie of the same title since it was in theaters and had never read this story so that took me back a bit. The other options were hopeful, dark, light-hearted, suspenseful, and thoughtful, which all those elements are included to some degree in these stories. The pace of these are fast. They're short stories and Asimov writes in a way as to not complicate and confuse the reader. I don't consider myself a science fiction reader or a reader of fiction novels hardly ever for that matter, but Asimov is the one author I can pick up any story anytime. You can tell he loved and enjoyed writing and his success is probably due to communicating his vision and attaining mass appeal and the satisfaction that people enjoy his writing. I chose "developed" to describe the characters. Not one-dimensional, not complex, just right in the middle, even for short stories.Read more ›
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