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The Complete Robot (Robot Series) Mass Market Paperback – December 15, 1983

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Isaac Asimov was the Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America, the founder of robot ethics, the world's most prolific author of fiction and non-fiction. The Good Doctor's fiction has been enjoyed by millions for more than half a century.

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Product Details

  • Series: Robot Series
  • Mass Market Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; New edition (December 15, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586057242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586057247
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not so much review as info - I own this book, and was wondering if it had the I, Robot book's stories, to read before seeing the movie. The first review listed here said that it's not really complete, and you'd still need I, Robot (and two others). But a quick cross-check of I, Robot's contents with this book's reveals that all 9 of the I, Robot stories are indeed included in The Complete Robot.
Robot Visions has 7 of the 9 I, Robot stories, plus 2 stories from Bicentennial Man, plus 2 others. The Complete Robot includes the 2 from Bicentennial Man, but not the other two.
Robot Dreams is actually a more generic compendium and has only three robot stories, the title story being unique to Robot Dreams. The other three are included in The Complete Robot (one of those is from I, Robot as well).
So The Complete Robot has all the I, Robot stories, and all the robot stories of Robot Dreams and Robot Visions excepting their respective title stories, which were newly written for those books and together with the fantastic artwork of Ralph McQuarrie probably justifies the purchase for collectors, completists and fans.
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I am a huge Asimov fan - I will never forgive him (and Heinlein as well) for dying on me. I have read the original Foundation Trilogy, and I re-read after it had expanded to six books. After he died, I was researching his writings and came across a memo that he had written that outlined his entire Foundation/Empire series. I was surprised to find out that not only had the Foundation series expanded to 7 books, but that it was merely a subset (the last of three in the entire series) to this greater series. I am going to the trouble of writing this, and listing the 13 books here, to share this knowledge with other rabid Asimov fans. Here is the entire list:

1 The Complete Robot (1982) [and/or I, Robot (1950)]

2 Caves of Steel (1954) This is the first of my robot novels.

3 The Naked Sun (1957) The second robot novel.

4 The Robots of Dawn (1983) The third robot novel.

5 Robots and Empire (1985) The fourth robot novel.

6 The Currents of Space (1952) This is the first of my [Galactic] Empire novels.

7 The Stars, Like Dust (1951) The second [Galactic] Empire novel.

8 Pebble in the Sky (1950) The third [Galactic] Empire novel and my first novel.

9 Prelude to Foundation (1988) This is the first Foundation novel.

10 Forward the Foundation (1993) This is the second Foundation novel.

11 Foundation (1951) This is now the third Foundation novel but most of the world knows this book as the first book of the original Foundation Trilogy. Actually, it began as a collection of four short stories, originally published between 1942 and 1944, plus an introductory section written for the book in 1949.
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This collection of classic science fiction short stories works on a number of levels.
First and foremost, this is darn good reading, filled with Asimov's good humor and ability to tell an entertaining story.
Secondly, it is mostly a prelude to his robot novels, Empire series, and Foundation series. Most of the stories are in a time period before CAVES OF STEEL. One obvious exception is an Elijah Bailey & R. Daneel Olivaw short which is a follow-up to the first two robot novels. One story, "Victory Unintentional", refers to the Terrestrian Empire, and others, especially some of the Susan Calvin stories, have to do with man's first expansion beyond our own Solar system.
Thirdly, we're given a variety of levels of science-fiction writing. We're told where the original stories were first published, and we see Asimov's versatility and ability to write for various markets. Many come from Astounding/Analog, the magazine which published the hardest core science fiction. A couple come from the Ziff-Davis magazines, AMAZING STORIES & FANTASTIC which were soft-core s-f magazines. A couple come from THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE-FICTION which had a more literary slant. Several other classic s-f magazines are represented. However, some stories come from non science-fiction magazines, such as SATURDAY EVENING POST and the Boy Scout magazine BOY'S LIFE, each carefully tailored for the market.
As noted by others, the Susan Calvin stories are especially good. They, along with a few other stories, appear to have been slightly revised for the sake of continuity. In fact, I question whether or not Susan Calvin was originally mentioned in "Robbie", Asimov's first robot story. Somehow, I doubt it.
At any rate, this is easily one of the best collections of classic science-fiction as well as being just plain darn good reading that you'll find.
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Format: Hardcover
Among the thirty-one short stories, totalling some
200.000 words, included in "the complete robot", I
particular enjoyed the 10 stories featuring
chief Robopsychologist Susan Calvin.
Susan Calvin, the star of US Robots and Mechanical Men inc.
The woman with the acid charm and the steely character,
the women who loves robots a lot - and men, not that much.
Surely it is a must read. And surely no serious sci-fi
reader should be without this collection.
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