What to expect: A collection of nine science fiction short stories interwoven through the character Susan Calvin, a robopsychologist, which chronicles the development of robots from basic beginnings to complex beings with the potential to render humanity obsolete.
Expect robots that glitch, make jokes, read minds, and secretly control the world.
Best known for: Redefining our perception of robots by creating the fictional laws that govern them, The Three Laws of Robotics:
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot may not injure its own kind and defend its own kind unless it is interfering with the first or second rule.
Interesting Fact: According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Isaac Asimov coined the word robotics, in his short story, Liar (1941).
Best Quote: “It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?”
– Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
Final Words: If you love robots – read it. If self-aware robots freak the bejesus out of you– definitely read it.