Isaac Asimov’s Robot City: Robots and Aliens: Alliance

Given how disappointed I have been in other books in this series, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The style is very readable, and the content is interesting. The plot seems more nuanced than some o
f the others in the series, and the characters aren’t as one dimensional either. This isn’t the best book I have ever read, but it was surprisingly solid, especially given some of the poor ground work it h
ad to deal with.

[isbn: 0441731309]

Isaac Asimov’s Robot City: Robots and Aliens: Intruder

This is the third book in the second Asimov tie in series. Its one of the better ones of the nine I have read so far, and I actually enjoyed reading it (some of the others felt like a bit of a chore). This one covers a return to Robot City, where an outside force has disrupted the operation of the city for its own nefarious purposes.

[isbn: 0441731295]

Nightfall (short stories)

There are four Asimov books called Nightfall. There is a two volume collection of short stories (Nightfall One and Nightfall Two), a single volume version of this collection, and a novel length version of the short story “Nightfall”, which headlines the short story collections. I’ve previously attempted to explain the list of short stories in the various versions of the collection at http://www.stillhq.com/book/Isaac_Asimov/Nightfall_Short_Stories.html. There is also a correlation with previously published Robot short stories at http://www.stillhq.com/book/Isaac_Asimov/Robot_Short_Stories.html.

I just finished reading the short story collection (in this case in a single volume). I haven’t read any Asimov short stories in a few months (since September last year to be exact), and I had forgotten how much I enjoy them. One of the advantages of these short story collections is that you get to cover a lot of ground, and there is a real sense of accomplishment in finishing a short story. I think also that the shorter form keeps the author honest — there simply isn’t room to waste space on long passages which don’t progress the plot.

This collection is excellent, much like the others I have read from Asimov. I will note that I particularly enjoyed “The Up-to-date Sorcerer”, which isn’t something I would expect from a Victorian style humor piece. This book was good reading.

[isbn: 0586212558;0586034668]
[award: nominee nebula_short_story 1965 (Eyes Do More Than See)]

Isaac Asimov’s Robot Short Stories

I was getting quite confused about
which robot short stories I had already read (many appear in more than
one collection), so I built this table to help. Note that ecrosses
indicate stories which aren’t about robots, and are really stow aways.

Nightfall
1971
Robbie
 
 
Runaround
 
 
Reason
 
 
Catch That Rabbit
 
     
Liar!
 
 
Little Lost Robot
 
Escape!
 
     
Evidence
 
 
The Evitable Conflict
 
 
Robot AL-76 Goes Astray  
     
Victory Unintentional  
     
First Law  
     
Let’s Get Together  
     
Satisfaction Guaranteed  
     
Risk  
     
Lenny  
 
Galley Slave  
 
A Boy’s Best Friend    
     
Sally    
 
Someday    
 
Point of View    
     
Think!    
 
True Love    
   
Stranger in Paradise    
     
Light Verse    
   
Segregationist    
 
Mirror Image    
 
The Tercentenary Incident    
     
Feminine Intuition    
 
… That Thou Art
Mindful of Him
   
     
The Bicentennial Man    
 
Robot Dreams      
   
Breeds There a Man      
 
Hostess      
 

Strikebreaker      
 
The Machine That Won the
War
     
 
Eyes Do More Than See      
 
The Martian Way      
   
Franchise