I. Robot by Isaac Asimov is a collection of nine short stories that outline the development of robotics and Artificial Intelligence. There are a few recurring characters through the stories, most notably Susan Calvin, who also appears during the introduction and links all of the stories together. The stories are quite varied and at times thought-provoking, which is exactly what I want from good science fiction.
The language used by Asimov is very to the point and straight forward, but this is not to say poorly written, rather it does exactly what it needs to without being flamboyant and excessive. This makes the stories very easy to follow, especially when the characters discuss the science and technology involved.
It should be noted that if you’re expecting a story along the lines of the film by the same title, then you’ll be sorely disappointed. The film is rather different to this book and although there are hints of inspiration, the film is pretty much an entirely new story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it to be a welcome change to have stories where the problems the humans had to resolve using the robots was less to do with a violent uprising but more an analysis of the intricacies of the three laws and how a logical brain could interpret them.