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Robots and Empire Mass Market Paperback – January 10, 1994

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Book 4 of 4 in the Asimov's Robot Series

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Long after his humiliating defeat at the hands of Earthman Elijah Baley, Keldon Amadiro embarked on a plan to destroy planet Earth. But even after his death, Baley's vision continued to guide his robot partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, who had the wisdom of a great man behind him and an indestructable will to win.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Re-issue edition (January 10, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586062009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586062005
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on October 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Asimov, like Heinlein, came, towards the end of his career, to integrate the characters and universes from all of his major works into one huge, interconnected fictional world. This was not his original intention, but it's the way that it worked out. Chronologically, the Robot series is first - which started out in the form of short stories, and then a series of novels, of which this is the fourth - followed by the Empire and then the Foundation series. The third Robot book, The Robots of Dawn, was a sequel for which readers had to wait 25 years for. The next book, this one, came a mere two years after it. Robots and Empire, however, represents a major break from the tradition of the previous Robot books. The three subsequent books were all murder mysteries staring the Earthman Detective Elijah Baley. This book, however, is not a murder mystery, but more of a straightforward story - and Baley has been dead for over 200 years. It picks up where The Robots of Dawn left off, in a slightly different context. This is a fast-moving and quite entertaining book in its own right, and you will certainly want to read it if you enjoyed the previous three novels. It is sometimes painfully obvious, however, that this book was intended solely to provide a smooth transition from the Robot series to the Empire series. Consequently, the book does this job very well, tying up the loose ends from the previous Robot book, and clarifying what would have been several contradictions between the Robot and Empire serieses - the reason for the radioactivity on Earth, the motive behind the immigration of the Earth people, and the fact that there are no robots in the Empire novels, etc. However, this comes with a price: the book is not all that great in and of itself.Read more ›
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brian on July 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Robot and Empire is another entertaining story from the prolific writer Isaac Asimov. Set many decades after Robots of Dawn, when the Earth detective Elijah Bailey has long ago passed, Robots and Empire tells the story of Dr. Kelden Amadiro's nefarious attempt at destroying Earth and the Settlers. The Auroran Gladia, along with the robots Daneel and Giskard, must go to great lengths to protect Earth and countless lives.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the interaction between the robots Daneel and Giskard. As both characters work at deducing and anticipating Amadiro's motives and actions, it's really interesting to watch the relationship between these two as they provide much needed counsel and assistance to one another. It's very entertaining to follow along as the fly all over the galaxy in an attempt thwart Amadiro's plans. It's even more interesting to see them attempt to circumnavigate the famous 3 Laws of Robotics which they often find hinder, rather than help, their attempts at protecting Earth. I don't think I'm revealing too much to say that Daneel even goes so far as to introduce the Zeroth Law of robotics which is basically the need to protect all of humanity. This plays an integral part in the unfolding of the book.
I was pleased that the whole book moves at a speedy pace(I took less than two days to read this), with nothing seeming trivial or overly drawn out.This book is very entertaining and as it's only the fourth work I've read by Asimov, I'm moved to read more of his books. Perhaps the only real complaint about this book is that the ending is slightly anticlimatic, but rather touching and fitting. If you like Asimov's work, particularly his robot books concerning Elijah Bailey, I think you'll really enjoy this book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on May 23, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ah yes, this might not be the very best Asimov, but it is good reading and prepares the reader first for the three Empire novels and then the Foundation series.
This takes up 200 years after ROBOTS OF DAWN and Elijah Bailey is long dead. However, R. Daneel Olivaw and Giscard continue and are actually the primary movers in this novel, although Gladia, a villainous descendent of hers, a descendent of Elijah's and a continuing villain from the earlier book are all important characters.
There's a lot of rather philosophical dialog between the two robots which slows down the story quite a bit, as they ponder over the ramifications of the three robotic laws and come up the the zeroth law which will in time enable R. Daneel Olivaw to return in later books.
It helps explain how Earth's descendents gain the edge over the spacers in their expansion in the galaxy. It also explains Earth's radioactivity which is referred to in later volumes.
This is straight science fiction without any of the mystery subplotting of the previous novels. There are hints of the types of power struggle which permeate the following books. Also, one must realize that this book and the preceding robot novel were written after the three Empire novels and the Foundation Trilogy.
All in all, a satisfying enough read best enjoyed when read in chronological sequence.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ritesh Laud on September 24, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this novel! Elijah Baley is long dead (but reappears a couple times in flashbacks) and the heroes in this novel are Daneel, Giskard, and Gladia. It's not a mystery novel like the previous books, just a straightforward novel about a couple Spacers with an evil plot of great destruction. The second half of the book really keeps you glued to the pages as the heroes eventually outwit their enemies. Sort of... Read it to learn what I mean!
The book is a bit shorter than The Robots of Dawn and moves pretty quick. The protagonists cover no less than four worlds (Aurora, Solaria, Baleyworld, Earth) in their attempt to foil their opponents' plans. In the process, Daneel deduces the Zeroeth Law of Robotics! Read the book to find out what it is...
I haven't read the later Empire or Foundation books yet (I'm going in chronological order), but it was still obvious to me that at the end of R&E Asimov sets in motion the future of Earth and the Settlers (Earthmen who colonize other systems). The far future is still uncertain as there are two major possible outcomes, one desirable and the other not. But at least we know what's bound to happen in the next few hundred years.
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