Book Review, Science fiction

Robot series written by Isaac Asimov

c2916 Having finished the foundation series a year back, which I enjoyed thoroughly, reading the robot series was a natural and almost inevitable consequence for me. After all, the series are connected – in fact more connected than the empire series which I plan to read next.

And having finished the four books (Caves of Steel, Naked Sun, Robots of the Dawn, Robots and Empire) at top speed, I can say that  enjoyed them thoroughly as well. It was already a familiar world for me by the time I had finished the first book and I was already looking forward to Elijah Bailey and Daneel in the subsequent books

What I have loved about Asimov is his style of writing. Simple language but which has within it a whole world of deep thinking. The worlds he creates simply comes to life without an effort. And these are not the worlds of the Hobbits, which can only be fantasy, even to the most credulous and willing-to-believe of readers. I am reading his autobiography – “I.Asimov” and I can understand how this style of writing is only second nature to him.

The books provide a neat connect to the Foundation series and its fascinating to think that something of this science fiction may come true in a century or so. After all, Asimov created his worlds from the world he saw around him.

Of course, Asimov is entertaining science fiction with its nice mixture of science, wit and a great story line. However, to the reader who has read Philip K Dick or Heinlein, Asimov’s series (but not his short stories) may lack some deep insight (though explanations are given) into the socio-political nature of the future worlds or even of the psychological nature of the people living in those worlds. Ambiguity a Isaac asimov la “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” is missing. Those allegations might be true except for the fact that Asimov never meant his stories to be very deep, only stimulating – both to the intellect and to the imagination. If Asimov had included moral debate in his series, the whole robot-empire-foundation series would have covered a whole shelf of a library. What he lacks in depth (deliberately, I may repeat), he makes up with his sheer prolificacy and his sweeping vision. 

In any case, reading Asimov has been deeply satisfying so far and I don’t intend to stop anytime soon!!!

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3 thoughts on “Robot series written by Isaac Asimov

  1. sgc says:

    The lack of deep statements about the socio-political nature of these future worlds mean no lack of depth at all. I personally was attracted to his work as sci-fi writer because of his work in History divulgation, and I have been driven to shocking reflections about society through his sci-fi work, wich is fed by Science and History wide knowledge (something that I do miss in other sci-fi writers). I do sustain that any of his sci-fi novels are much deeper than they seem, perhaps -precisely- because they are so easy to read and so entertaining. 

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    • Protik says:

      I agree…all his novels and short stories hold a nugget of Asimov’s view of society. The present holding a mirror to the future. I find his work deeply sociological, in that his stories revolve around how society would react to changes in technology, climate change etc

      And yes, I am completely with you on the fact that all his stories are so easy to read, sometimes deceptively so. As he mentions in his autobiography, the simplicity is a conscious decision. Some people, who compare complexity to thought, might take the simplicity to mean shallowness of thought. They cant be more wrong!!

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  2. protikche says:

    I agree…all his novels and short stories hold a nugget of Asimov’s view of society. The present holding a mirror to the future. I find his work deeply sociological, in that his stories revolve around how society would react to changes in technology, climate change etc

    And yes, I am completely with you on the fact that all his stories are so easy to read, sometimes deceptively so. As he mentions in his autobiography, the simplicity is a conscious decision. Some people, who compare complexity to thought, might take the simplicity to mean shallowness of thought. They cant be more wrong!!

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