Isaac Asimov ( 1920. – 1992.) was an author and a biochemist with a great passion for science fiction, technology and the future. Although he abandoned science fiction in 1958., he is widely considered as one of the best science fiction authors. He wrote or edited over five hundred books and is most known for The Foundation series, Galactic Empire series and The Robot series.
I, Robot is the first novel of The Robot series and is a mini-series in itself of nine science fiction short stories. Published in 1950., the stories are set in the future: from 1998. to 2057. They explain the evolution of robotic technology, from regular machine types to beings of a higher order of thinking, from the point of the best robopsychologist in the world, Susan Calvin.
Dr. Calvin is the chief robopsychologist for a company named U.S. and the Mechanical Men. She is near her retirement and tells her stories to the journalist for the Interplanetary Press, who is also the narrator. Through her stories we meet a wide range of characters, both robots and humans, from a little girl with her robot nursemaid to the robots who run the world economy and a human coordinator of the world who just might be a robot.
In the setting of the story, man has finally reached into space and has set several colonies throughout the galaxy. This setting introduces Greg Powell and Mike Donovan, as they appear in several adventure stories set on space stations, space ships and planets. Because robots represent the key to a safe and efficient or even possible outer space work, Powell and Donovan face with various problems while mostly testing and working with new types of robots.
We are also introduced with robots of various complexity of their positronic brains and each is presented as a being with its own character, although we are sometimes not sure about who is giving this robot its personality: the robot or the human in charge.
Although the stories are separate, they all share a theme of morality, explained through problems of 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 orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law, 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. Each robot has these...