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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Andrew was one of Earth's first house robot domestic servants—smoothly designed and functional. But when Andrew started to develop special talents which exceeded the confines of his allotted positronic pathways, he abandoned his domestic duties in favour of more intellectual pursuits.
As time passed, Andrew acquired knowledge, feelings and ambitions way beyond anything eve Andrew was one of Earth's first house robot domestic servants—smoothly designed and functional. As time passed, Andrew acquired knowledge, feelings and ambitions way beyond anything ever experienced by any other mechanical men. And he found himself launched on to a career which would bring him fame fortune — and danger.
For a robot who wants to be human must also be prepared to die In the Bicentennial Man, Isaac Asimov returns to his first and most enduring love — robotics.
The result is a brilliant book of first-class entertainment and mind-spinning ideas which confirm Asimov's supreme status as Grand Master of science fiction. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published March 9th by Millennium first published February More Details Original Title. Andrew Martin , Susan Calvin. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Ah the temptation of reading more Asimov short stories is always a hard one to resist. This is another classic collection which for me I think sums up a lot of what made Asimov and his Robots so famous - the title story I think sums it all up. Asimov was determined to make the machines that think more than tools and less a monster and I think although we have a long way still to go he certainly has helped us along the way.
But this book is not all about robots, there is spread of all sorts from m Ah the temptation of reading more Asimov short stories is always a hard one to resist. But this book is not all about robots, there is spread of all sorts from mystery to pure science fiction. That I think adds to the appeal of Asimov you just do not know what the next story is about just you will get the same quality of story telling. And finally there is the Chris Foss cover - it was these books with his covers that really drew me in science fiction and even to this day I will read these books purely because of the covers - shallow I know but it gave my growing mind something to fixate on even if they had no relevance to the contents of the book.
May 28, Claire Gilligan rated it it was amazing Shelves: sff. Isaac Asimov is now my favorite author, period.
I would say I devoured this book, but that implies that I failed to give each short story the post-reading consideration it deserved, which is entirely untrue. Every sing story was of such enormous quality--writing style, characterization, plot.
I simply do not have the vocabulary to convey how well-crafted and enjoyable every story was. Asimov's introductions, giving each story its context, were the icing on the cake. So, so good! Immediately search Isaac Asimov is now my favorite author, period. Immediately searching for more of his books View 2 comments. Jun 11, Rowan MacBean rated it it was amazing Shelves: short-stories.
Prior to reading this book, I'd only ever read one Asimov work. As it turns out, it seems I only don't particularly enjoy robots and space-opera sci-fi when it's not written by Asimov. This book contains twelve pieces eleven short stories and a poem and there wa Prior to reading this book, I'd only ever read one Asimov work.
This book contains twelve pieces eleven short stories and a poem and there wasn't a single one that I disliked. I think what appeals to me the most about Asimov's stories is the way he ends them. They are, without a doubt, complete stories. But they almost all end on a note that leaves you with a serious question or two to consider. It's like each story delivers a little gift, but not one that's wrapped up nicely with a finished bow on top. My favorite story in this collection is The Winnowing , hands down.
I think it may be in my list of favorite short stories of all time. It caused some serious thought and introspection for me. Even after hours of contemplation, I still haven't come to solid conclusions about the issues the story raises.
I don't know that I ever will. I think this piece is one of those like The Lottery and The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas that will be active topics in my mind for the rest of my life. Nov 13, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: science-fiction , fiction , short-stories , robot.
The Bicentennial Man is a story much like The Twilight Zone 's episode "I Sing the Body Electric", in that it gives us a robot beyond the usual cold, sterile view of technology, a robot that becomes a member of the family. All of the stories in this anthology were amazing, each one speculating yet eerily plausible at the same time.
View 1 comment. This was my first Asimov book. I especially loved the title story. I don't remember much of the rest. View all 4 comments. Mar 25, Karyshma Khan rated it it was amazing. A robot may not injure may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey the 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.
Robots are made for the purpose of serving humans and following their orders. From the start, Andrew Martin was never a normal robot. When first being brought to live with the Martin family, he began to carve one-of-a-kind creations out of wood. Not only is Andrew the most creative robot ever made, but when he was ordered to explain the reason behind his woodworks, he stated "'I enjoy doing them I have heard At this point, any other family would've sent Andrew to be reprogrammed, as robots were not designed to have preferences or feelings of any sort.
However, Gerald Martin and the rest of the Martin family decided to let Andrew be, allowing Andrew's curiosity and feelings to be existent.
Over time, Andrew received a few more privileges than the average robot, such as earning his own money and being able to put it into his own bank account. Years pass, and Andrew, being able to spend his money however he wants, confronts Gerald Martin and asks to buy his freedom, for he is restricted to following human's orders and nothing more, Gerald's daughter takes the case to court, willing to defend Andrew's right to be treated as free, even though no other robot in history has taken a step this far before.
In result, the judge decided "'There is no right to deny freedom to any object with a mind advanced enough to grasp and desire the state. Andrew proceeded to use his freedom and creativity to make advancements to his body using research in robotics, chemistry, and biology. Andrew Martin spent the next few generations persuading and convincing U.
Robots to let him have his brain be transferred to an android body and to get installed a system allowing him to get energy from the combustion of hydrocarbon which he designed himself , making it possible for him to have to similar bodily functions as humans as well. After years of existence, Andrew gained the ability to think freely, have feelings, speak with an expanded vocabulary, look like a human, wear clothes, breathe, eat, and excrete.
Yet, after his desperate attempts to be seen as a man, he is coined the Sesquicentennial Robot. If Andrew has attained all these abilities, should he still be considered a robot? In the next fifty years, what decision will he make to prove a Bicentennial Man? Issac Asimov's novelette described the story of Andrew Martin while carrying out the theme of a desire for humanity, which is Andrew's motivation throughout the whole story.
More importantly, Asimov used this work to spark thought. Throughout Andrew's heartwarming tale, the reader is urged to think about what freedom really is, who deserves it, and what qualities one must have to be truly human.
Bicentennial Man (film)
It was awarded the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for best science fiction novelette of According to the foreword in Robot Visions , Asimov was approached to write a story, along with a number of other authors who would do the same, for a science fiction collection to be published in honor of the United States Bicentennial. However, the arrangement fell through, leaving Asimov's the only story actually completed for the project. Asimov sold the story to Judy-Lynn del Rey , who made some small changes to the text. Asimov restored the original text when the story was collected in The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories In terms of setting, this novelette spans a time period of years.
The Bicentennial Man
The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories
Based on the novel The Positronic Man by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg which is itself based on Asimov's original novelette " The Bicentennial Man " , the plot explores issues of humanity , slavery , prejudice , maturity , intellectual freedom , conformity , sex , love , mortality and eternal life. The title comes from the main character existing to the age of two hundred years, and Asimov's novelette was published in , the year the United States had its bicentennial. The NDR series robot "Andrew" is introduced in into the Martin family home to perform housekeeping and maintenance duties, and introduces himself by showing a presentation of the Three Laws of Robotics. The younger Amanda is sympathetic to him, and Andrew discovers he feels emotions, and is drawn to spend more time with his "Little Miss".