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I, Robot
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
The three laws of Robotics:1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm2) A robot must obey orders givein 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.With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future--a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world--all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asmiov's trademark.
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EmilyChristine
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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Hiked up Enger Tower today and this view was worth it.

I‘m almost done with this book. I took it with me on my hike since it was a lovely day to read outside. #lakesuperior #liftbridge

CoverToCoverGirl Nice .. the view was worth the hike! 1mo
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tealwish
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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Panpan

This was a labor to get through for me. Probably because it was basically multiple short stories. There wasn't a main character or plot for me to get into.

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jmtrivera
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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My first thought was the #Evolution of the robots and their laws in Asimov's stories. Fascinating and creepy! #StarTrekSummerMay

Megabooks It is! Great choice! 🖖🏻🖖🏻 2mo
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LiviaLauren
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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Mehso-so

Considering it was first published nearly 70 years ago, this book had a lot of really incredible foresight and raises some interesting ethical questions about the future of mankind and what it means to be human. I found the repetitive structure a little boring at times, and had to force myself to focus on several occasions but I can see why this is considered a sci-fi classic.

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LiviaLauren
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The robot in this part of the book reminded me a little of my husband. He's a very logical man and if he has reached a conclusion using his formidable reason, there is no convincing him otherwise!

Texreader Sounds like you married Spock 🖖 3mo
LiviaLauren @Texreader It does feel that way sometimes! 3mo
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LiviaLauren
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Landon
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The “end of nationalism” as Dr. Calvin puts it. Imagine a world grouped by vast regions rather then small countries.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Having recently read this collection of short stories, I really enjoyed it and it wasn‘t at all what I was expecting. 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Welcome to Litsy by the way, it‘s a great space for readers. 7mo
Landon Thanks! I‘m already enjoying it. 7mo
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Landon
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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The danger created by removing the first law of robotics is enormous.

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Landon
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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Dr. Calvin drives Herbie mad with this “insoluble dilemma” by using the first law of robotics in a paradoxical fashion.

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Landon
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Positron: a subatomic particle with the same mass as an electron and a numerically equal but positive charge.

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Landon
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Funny, this robot can‘t accept a human as his creator. “You‘re the first robot who‘s ever exhibited curiosity as to his own existence...”

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Landon
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Such a cool concept for the inner workings of machine‘s artificial thought process (based on the in-universe laws of robotics).

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Landon
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The sudden realization of the possibility to be generalized into a generic group would be very unnerving.

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Landon
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People care about their movies and TV shows more than their interpersonal relationships nowadays. This is most noticeable in the Generation Z cohort.

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Landon
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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 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

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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Pickpick

A great collection of interrelated stories about robot creation & development as seen from the very imaginative eyes of 1950. Because of its date, some of its human portrayals feel dated, but you have to appreciate the vision to intuit how robot development might occur, through the ages of more sophistication, and how the problems of robots might be caused by human‘s misunderstanding & mishandling of how the 3 laws would interact.
#1950
#LetterI

RadicalReader @Riveted_Reader_Melissa what a wonderful sounding book nothing better than delving into the story the created the sensational storyline for the movie adaption 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @RadicalReader It‘s very good, but this volume has almost no direct parallel with the movie, however this book is the beginning of a series, and I‘m just guessing, but I think the film must have been based on one of the later books. 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @RadicalReader I just googled it, nope...the film of this name was based on a separate screenplay, but they used the name and 3 laws in their movie. And now the movie image is on Asimov‘s book, but he didn‘t write that screenplay/story. Talk about truth being stranger than fiction! 7mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Timely quote. 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s what I thought when it crossed my screen today.😉 7mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Yep! We are such slackers! 😂

GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 it's so sad, and yet still so funny (I'm twisted like that) 7mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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The 1950‘s...when the golden age of modern marvels was just 40 years ahead of us. I can‘t help reading some of this and thinking we‘ve been seriously slacking. We are at least 20 years behind schedule. 😂

GingerAntics Right? 7mo
abbielistenstobooks Remember the show Quantum Leap? The "future" he came from was 1997. When the 24th century comes around, will everyone be laughing at Star Trek? 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @abbielistenstobooks No, probably just wondering where their teleporters are, the same way Back to the Future people want their promised hover boards by now. 7mo
abbielistenstobooks Haha do so I, to be fair! 7mo
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Leftcoastzen
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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📚I,Robot
✍️John Irving
🎬Ice Age
🍨Ice Cream of course , chocolate!
#manicmonday #letterI

JoScho Thanks for playing 💛 10mo
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Kimberlone
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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Isaac Asimov‘s typewriter used to write I, Robot.

wanderinglynn Very cool! 11mo
Bookwomble 🤖😲🤖 11mo
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vivastory
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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Pickpick

Asimov's collection of loosely connected stories are based upon the Three Laws of Robotics. I, Robot works best when it veers off into more imaginative terrain. Case in point is "Escape!" featuring my two favorite characters, Powell & Donovan. Escape reads like a lost episode of Space Ghost. Asimov's representation of women is problematic & his descriptions of characters' physical movements are strange, but his influence on the genre is undeniable

readordierachel Great review! You had me at "Space Ghost" and then lost me at "problematic" ? 1y
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel Thanks. I really should have said his representation of "woman," as there was only one female character in the book. 1y
readordierachel @vivastory Ah. Can you elaborate on what was problematic about it? 1y
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel The token female was portrayed as overtly ambitious & rude. All of the other characters constantly accused her of being unsympathetic & superior 1y
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zezeki
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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I'm definitely moving this up on my #tbr now. 😁📚📚📓 #QuotsyJan18

Dulcinella It‘s a great book! 1y
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kittystardust
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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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? #nationalsciencefictionday #scifi

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KCorter
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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Pickpick

This is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors.

The highlight of this reread (for a book club with @acorter and his brother and sister-in-law) was revisiting this quote by Susan Calvin (aka known as my childhood hero).
"Actions such as his could come only from a robot, or from a very honorable and decent human being. But you see, you just can't differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans."

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Bradleygirl I think that was my first Asimov and maybe still my favorite- what a rule-driven world, but fascinating. Calvin is the best ever. 2y
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azulaco
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Pickpick

Finished it! Loved it! It was fun to see the early genesis of many sci-fi robot/AI tropes. Also great that a major robotics specialist who appears in most stories is female, although Asimov made sure to mention 1) she is cold and unattractive, and 2) she deals with psychology, not engineering or math. I mean, there was a limit to what the readers of 1950 would accept about the future, right? Still, props for including her. Recommended!

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azulaco
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov

Halloween plans: sitting on my front step, waiting for trick-or-treaters and reading I, Robot on Kindle. And trying not to eat all the candy before the kids get here, LOL. Happy 🎃 Littens!

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Betty
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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Love Asimov's Robots! #giveawayartemis

Cortg My hubby‘s favorite! 2y
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azulaco
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov

I don't have time to read this right now. I know I don't have time to read this right now. And yet, I checked it out on Overdrive today. It's a group read on one of my Goodreads groups, and I've wanted to read it for s long time. Watching the others discussing it was just too much for me. I guess I'll try it and see how far I get by the end of the month.

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PagesAndConstellations
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
Mehso-so

I know I'm probably too stupid to understand it, but it really didn't do anything for me.

Unphilosophize Don't talk down to yourself just because you didn't enjoy a book 💕 2y
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PagesAndConstellations
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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Not gonna lie I only picked this up due to sheer cover-lust 😳

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Sha0102
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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Pickpick

A must read for SciFi lovers. I loved every story! Sensational! Classic. "I, Robot is a collection of science fiction short stories that are woven together by a framing narrative in which the fictional Dr. Susan Calvin tells each story to a reporter (who serves as the narrator) in the 21st century." Entertaining level:????? #2015Sha

KCorter I love this book! It is one of my favorites by Asimov. 2y
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Error404
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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Pickpick

I love anything to do with robotics so this was a clear win for me, not to mention the questions it raised about the practicality of robots and human nature itself.

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Error404
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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So excited to start this one! How could the laws of robotics possibly go wrong 😂😂

CoffeeCatsBooks Great cover! 2y
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BookwormM
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
Pickpick

I loved this look at the dangers of using relatively simple mathematics to programme a robot to ensure it will serve and not harm humans.

I found the way the humans had to work within the mathematics to find out why robots went wrong fascinating.

Very different from the film.

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TheWhiteHatter
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov

So apparenyly trying to find a hardcover edition of I Robot is like trying to find the Holy Grail, WTH!

BookishMarginalia May the force be with you! 2y
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SlawkaGrabowska
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«Human interest out of Robots? A contradiction.»

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Chelsibno
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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#InaGalaxyFarFarAway #maybookflowers Unfortunately, these are the only sci-fi/space-related books I have with me in my apartment. Please ignore Will Smith's face on I, Robot. I bought the book after the movie came out and the store only had copies with the movie cover. #moviecoverssuckbutohwell To be honest, the only one of these I've read is I, Robot. The other two have been on my TBR pile for over a year. Sigh... one day....

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teebe
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Still catching up! Did you know that about 2 years ago a robot passed the self-awareness test for the first time? I think about this a lot. #artificialintelligence #aprilbookshowers

readinginthedark It's only a matter of time... 2y
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JacintaMCarter
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Since my Comp II kids are writing papers about whether or not robots can effectively replace humans in the workplace, I figured this would be appropriate for #ArtificialIntelligence. #AprilBookShowers

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jmtrivera
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Coincidentally, this book happened to be in the box I attempted to unpack today! #ArtificialIntelligence #AprilBookShowers @RealLifeReading

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Courtneynobody
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JessicaThunstromNelson
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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(Not my photo. Someone tagged me in it on fb.)

Reviewsbylola 😂😂 I jumped aboard the kindle train when they first came out but ereaders just aren't my thing. And no way am I paying $10-20 for an ebook. 2y
JessicaThunstromNelson @Reviewsbylola Yep! I got a Nook Color, and now have an iPad, but I dislike ebooks. I love physical books, and staring at the screen just doesn't let me lose myself as easily, automatically giving me an unfair bias against the book and author from the start. 2y
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stylizedreading
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Entirely different than the movie. It contains very little action and CGI, but instead follows the evolution of robots through the eyes of the world's most renowned robopsychologist. The story incorporated the logical reasoning and psychoanalysis that lead robotechnology to evolve to what it is today (well the today of the future, rather). It leaves you reflecting on man's relationship with the machines and how we will become to depend on them.

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stylizedreading
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I just thought I'd give a shout out to FREE AUDIOBOOKS. The app OverDrive is connected to the library system and (using your library card) you can check out eBooks and audiobooks. Getting through I, Robot right now. How do you guys get your audiobooks?

8little_paws Another app I like for borrowing audiobooks from the library is Hoopla 3y
stylizedreading I'll check it out! 3y
bookwrm526 I only discovered Hoopla through Litsy, and my library does subscribe. I just finished my first audiobook through them 3y
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AudreyMorris I use overdrive through my library! It was a great help the week I forgot to pre-request my #Coursera titles lol. I use the books though, I can't do audiobooks, I can't follow along and accidentally block them out. 3y
UwannaPublishme I have Overdrive, but haven't used it yet. Is it easy to use for audiobooks? 3y
francozytime I like Overdrive for eBooks and audiobooks. OneClickDigital has quite a lot of titles that I didn't find on Overdrive. One example is the Outlander series. I checked them all out from the library but, through OneClickDigital. 3y
Cortg Our library uses Overdrive and One Click Digital. I love them so much. I'm listening to Son by Lois Lowery right now. 3y
stylizedreading @UwannaPublishme I love it. I've tried a lot of different audiobook apps (free ones) and I think they do great. Have had no issues 3y
UwannaPublishme Thx! You've given me more courage to give it a try. 👍🏻 3y
Coleen I use Hoopla a fair amount. I also have a huge audiobook selection on my shelves from various sources, but the majority I get from PaperbackSwap. 😁 3y
stylizedreading @Coleen I'll check it out! 3y
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Gezemice
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The classic tales exploring the Three Laws of Robotics are both timeless and outdated. Stories about humanity are good - my favorite was Evidence, about a lawyer accused of being a robot. Stories based on technology are tedious and just wrong. The software engineer in me shudders at the haphazard testing methods and the notion that in the future machines will be infallible. Clearly he never envisioned a Windows PC. 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

brendanmleonard Great review! 👍 3y
Mayread Awesome review. Re: the fallibility if machines-- this is why I go crazy when scifi films put an entire ship's crew in suspended animation w a friendly computer behind the wheel. 3y
Gezemice @brendanmleonard Thanks 🤓 3y
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Gezemice @Skiles Thanks! Exactly. I hate it when there is no manual override for something, like a garage door opener, for example. No power and you are stuck! 3y
JessicaBates Ugh, I have been wondering about this one. The only Asimov I've read is Foundation, and I found it underwhelming. My husband is a software engineer and he talks so much about it sometimes I feel like I'm one too. Thanks for the review - I won't be reading this one. ;) 3y
Texreader @Skiles So right! Think Interstellar! 3y
Mayread @Texreader Teehee. Might have been what I was thinking about. 3y
Gezemice @JessicaBates I actually am really glad I read it. The Three Laws of Robotics are referenced in pop culture a lot. This is a collection of short stories and at least three of them is very good; only one is rather bad (the last one), and another three are mediocre. It is quite short, too, so I would say go for it, if your husband really likes it. 3y
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Gezemice
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TBR Tuesday: my physical book pile. I am reading the top three, the others are much the same as last week... I also have electronic reads, mostly short stories.

Trav Oohhh this TBR is beautiful -- Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Terry Pratchett -- the best! Enjoy. 3y
ShelfSpaceLimited Furiously Happy is definitely on my TBR list. 3y
Gezemice @Trav We seem to like similar books! :) 3y
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Gezemice @ShelfSpaceLimited Reading it now - it is hilarious but also often a difficult issue, so I need breaks. 3y
Megabooks Yay for short stories! 3y
Gezemice @Ebooksandcooks I don't normally read short stories but I am trying to branch out with some classics. 3y
TheNextBook Fluke is hilarious!!!! 3y
Trav I think we do! Virtual hi-five 🙏🏻 3y
Gezemice @TheNextBook I certainly hope so, based on his other books :) Glad to meet other Moore fans! 3y
TheNextBook @Gezemice I prefer his earlier novels. Lamb is one of my favorites. 3y
Gezemice @TheNextBook Yeah, some of the later ones are a bit off. I was just looking for my copy of Lamb and can't find it. Maybe I loaned it to someone? I loved it, too! 3y
TheNextBook @Gezemice I loaned both copies and have never seen them again 😩😒 3y
Ellsbeth This is a good stack. 3y
Gezemice @Ellsbeth Thanks! I hope so. :) 3y
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Ellsbeth
I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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I read this for the Seasons of Reading Sci-Fi Read-a-Thon. A lot of interesting thought goes into this book. I did have to continually remind myself that it was written in the 1940s. It is intriguing to try to problem solve the "Three Laws of Robotics" alongside the characters.

bookhouseboy I love these stories and how they fit into the larger future universe Asimov created. 3y
Ellsbeth Weirdly, this is the first Asimov I've read, so I am glad to hear that. I should read more. 3y
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Ellsbeth
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I have these in my TBR, plus Daniel Jose Older's Shadowshaper and Octavia Butler's Dawn on eBook. I start a Sci-Fi Read-a-Thon #SciFiSummerJune tomorrow and I know there is no way I'll get through all these with a very busy time at work. (Finals Week!) What do you think I should read first?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Tough choice there! Most of them are on my to read list too. I have read The Road, it was a fairly quick easy read, but just wasn't a favorite for me. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Octavia Butler is on my kindle waiting too. 3y
Caryl Shadowshaper! I think I'm reading that one next. My second choice for you is Dawn; I just read Butler for the first time this year (Kindred), and want to read more. 3y
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