This book has been on my “to read” list for a very long time. It all goes back to middle school when one of my teachers spoke highly of “Robots of Dawn”, which I read. As a fan of Asimov’s work, I felt it was appropriate to go back to the roots of his robot novels and read how he started it all.
Asimov quickly establishes his “Three Laws of Robotics” (which are used throughout all of this robot novels):
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
What I quickly learned while reading this book was that it’s really comprised of several short stories that share a common thread (robots). The story itself plays out throughout the course of the entire book. The stories themselves are related to the next by a single character or characters. There are some recurring characters throughout the stories.
Asimov makes clever use of his Three Laws of Robotics by using his human characters to attempt to determine the behavior of some of the robots and how the robots are following the laws.
I really enjoyed this book, and I almost feel as if I should reread some of the Asimov robot novels that I previously read. I was recommend this book.