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Bicentennial Man Mass Market Paperback – November 12, 1978
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'He never falls below a certain level of excellence...a highly appetising read' -- MARTIN AMIS, OBSERVER --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Included in this version are some notes and backstory behind the stories, where he got the ideas, who he was with at the time, and so on. I've listened to Asimov in an audiobook format and he likes to talk briefly about the background to the story and writing in general. It's scifi, it's escapism, not hard to understand, easy to digest. The stories contained were written between 1966-76 and the original book published in 1976. After 40+ years it may contain some nostalgia aspects, but still feels fresh and relevant today.
This seller was like something straight out of Harry Potter. Talk about a magical selection at a VERY GOOD PRICE! They had just what we were looking for, and when the book arrived, it was the same edition from my own childhood.
Here's the reason for this review: Having it back, I read it as an adult, but had the wisdom to read why Mr. Azimov wrote this story. It gave me an entirely new insight into what he was trying to do with this piece. This is essentially the story of humanity and freedom covering a period of 200 years (written to coincide with the 1976 Bicentennial of anniversary of the United States of America). He paralleled the history of the United States from our original reason for being to the creativity and ingenuity of colonial Americans, to becoming, and the essence of what it is to be a slave as a freethinking person, and to seek freedom, civil rights, and living out life to fulfill the American Dream.... The dream of all free people, and the sanctity of life overall. He did this all in one character: Andrew Martin. First, a service robot, then a being, then a being who becomes sentient, finally a person with inalienable rights and freedoms.
Andrew Martin was on a mission to establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.
If you read Bicentennial Man as a child, and you are now an adult, it's a one evening read, but a lifetime of joy to revisit Mr. Azimov in his Bicentennial Tale. If you have a child who is studying the history of the United States, or World History, or is simply looking for a memorable story, pick this one up for them. Mr. Azimov was a science fiction writer. He didn't actually include historical events so much as he captured the essence of what this country went through to get where we are.