Questions tagged [robot-series]

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Do the Jovians in “Victory Unintentional” exist in Isaac Asimov's Foundation series?

In the book Foundation and Earth I think it is stated that no other alien life had been found in the galaxy that didn't originate from earth. However, in the story "Victory Unintentional", collected ...
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Can you read Isaac Asimov's Rest of the Robots without reading I, Robot?

How catastrophic is it to read Asimov's "Rest of the Robots" without having read the first book of the robot series: "I, Robot"? If the knowledge gap is too big, is it possible to simply watch the ...
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In Asimov's robot story “Liar!”, why does Dr. Calvin show no mercy for Herbie?

In the story "Liar!", when Dr. Calvin figures out why Herbie was acting the way he was, she But as she's doing this, Herbie pleads for her to stop because he had to lie in order to obey the First ...
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In “The Complete Robot” why was “The Evitable Conflict” placed before “Feminine Intuition” when the former happens later in the storyline?

I started reading "The complete robot". Most of the stories especially Susan's stories occurs in the order of their happenings in the story line. Then why the last two stories are in reverse order? ...
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Who cleans the Personals on Aurora?

In The Robots of Dawn, Baley invites Daniel into the Personal, to which Daniel says "It would not be appropriate for me to enter. It is not the custom for robots to enter the Personal. The interior ...
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Asimov's Robot stories – which stories are in which books/antologies?

After completing the Foundation series of novels by Asimov, I planned to read the Robot series. When placing my order online, I found that some novels and stories are included in others. (For example,...
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What Happened to U.S. Robots?

In Asimov's chronologically earlier stories, like the ones in "I, Robot", the corporation 'U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men' was featured prominently. Yet in his chronologically later stories there's no ...
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In the Robot and Empire universes - when/why did the Earth turn radioactive?

Having read the Robot, Empire, and Foundation novels in a haphazard order, I was wondering when the Earth was turned radioactive and was it ever explained why?
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Are there robots with female characteristics in Isaac Asimov's stories?

Are there any robots with female looks, personality, or at least name?
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Was Stephen Byerley a robot after all?

In Asimov's short story Evidence there is a strong suggestion that Stephen Byerley is a robot. However, in the very next story in the series The Evitable Conflict he shows a lack of understanding how ...
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Asimov - Start with Foundation or Robots

I want to start and (this time) finish the two Asimov series I have: the Foundation books (trilogy in fact) and the Robots cycle. Is there a particular order between those two series or are they ...