Friday, April 04, 2014

Robot. Aye.

Isaac Asimov's The Caves of Steel was first published in '58. And yeah, there's some stuff in it which is kinda creaky. It didn't age 100% well. The computers in it, for instance, are comically slow. 
It's basically the story I Robot (the movie) was based on, even though there's another book called I Robot. So there's that. And it's a good story about a detective who hates robots who is (naturally) assigned a robot partner.
This was the art on the copy I read. If you like book covers which have nothing at all to do with the actual content of the book, this is the cover for you.
One thing I thought interesting.There is, essentially, a Voight Kamf test which takes place in the book. It's not to test whether someone is a robot but rather whether a robot has a working 1st Law of Robotics in place.


Kangas said...

It sounds like Almost Human, the TV show. (which is okay, but elevated cuz Karl Urban is freakin awesome!)

Andrew Bellware said...

Yes, I think so too. It may simply be that the noir notion of a detective who hates robots gets assigned a robot partner originated with Asimov. Which, you know, ain't a bad provenance. ;-)

Kangas said...

I read a lot of Asimov and Arthur Clarke as a kid, and now I really can't keep the two separated in my mind.

Andrew Bellware said...

See kids? That's the danger of reading!
Just say no... to BOOKS.

Joe Falcon said...

I thought the movie "I, Robot" was based on a script called "Hardwired" that was retooled for Asimov's work.

Almost Human great show Michael Ealy steals that show.

Andrew Bellware said...

Uh. You might be right about that.