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Subject: Asimov
Date Posted: 2/3/2010 9:55 AM ET
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I'm wanting to read Asimov's Robot series...where do I start? Wikipedia was no help and I'm getting a little frustrated....

 

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Date Posted: 2/3/2010 10:11 AM ET
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I, Robot.

Then the Elijah Bailey/R. Daneel Olivaw novels: The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, The Robots of Dawn, and Robots and Empire.

Which is all the robots novels written by Asimov himself. . . I haven't read any of the stuff other authors have added to the universe, so I don't know where it fits in. And if you wanted to go further than the robot novels proper, next up would be the Galactic Empire novels (The Currents of Space, The Stars, Like Dust, and Pebble in the Sky) and then the Foundation novels (in series chronological order: Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foundation, Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation, and Foundation and Earth.) Again, I haven't read any of the non-Asimov books, so I don't know where they fit in with this chronology, but this is what Asimov recommended once he started joining his three series. . .

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Date Posted: 2/3/2010 5:53 PM ET
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I, Robot is a short story collection rather than a novel, but I do recommend starting there.  Robot Dreams is a later collection of robot stories, and there are more spread through some of his other collections.  Nearly all of his books link together in some way, which is kind of neat.  Chronologically, The End of Eternity might come before any of them, though there aren't any robots.

I would also recommend reading the Foundation novels in publication order, but I know I'm overly picky about that.  Who cares if it's chronologically first it was written 30 years later?  Obviously you weren't meant to read it first, because for 30 years that would have been impossible! 

But the true Robot series is only the ones Phoenix mentioned first, and in that order.

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 6:58 PM ET
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thanks guys!!!!

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 10:37 PM ET
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Hehe, I'm just as picky about series chronological order Matt. . . I encountered the Foundation books in roughly publication order, and it annoyed me to be going back in time. . . but I think in a few more years (especially as I continue to write, and therefore analyze the books I read as a writer rather than a reader) I will be able to divorce myself from internal chronology. . . ;)

Hope you enjoy your foray into Asimov, James!

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 2:40 PM ET
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I really liked the robot short stories -the novels- not so much.  I think it's partially his writing style (and perhaps partially my preference for short stories with the old school writers)

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 3:39 PM ET
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I remember commenting on this series when I read it a year or so ago, particularly noting the difference between the short stories and the novels.  I was surprised at how much I liked the Elijah Bailey books, as mystery isn't usually my genre. I've even taken to using the word Jehosaphat lol.  I definitely had more fun reading all the interconnected short stories, though.  I tried to continue with the overall grand chronology, but the Galactic Empire books just bored me to tears. 

I'm not sure it has stories that tie into the Robots series, but Bicentennial Man and Other Stories was just as good as I-Robot, and an excellent example of the many reasons Asimov is as admired as he is.  I recently found some first paperback editions of the Foundationg Trilogy books, and might start on those when I finish with the book I'm reading now.  It's like watching the Food Network and getting hungry, the way coming here makes me jones for some reading lol.