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Poor thing got shot - report from The Register

Hero police robot back on duty after 'unstable man' blasts it with shotgun

Tin cop 'did its job', laughs off leaden hail from 12-bore An heroic police robot has returned to duty with a Nebraska force after being put out of action by an "unstable man" who blasted it repeatedly with a 12-bore* shotgun at point blank range during a tense siege this summer.

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wiz-king

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Bing.alau you can get a lot of Asimov's books (and others) for free from Project Gutenberg, all are copyright free.

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Aitchbee

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FE - must have been subliminal advertising [on behalf of Walt Disney] ;o]

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cycoze

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Had to chuckle when I read it had received an honorary purple heart!

Blackhat the robot is a ARA Pointman Tactical Robot

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Bing.alau

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Sorry folks but I have never been in to reading SF. The films do nothing for me either, but I don't doubt for a minute that it is all fascinating stuff. It is too late for me to develop another interest now. There's not enough hours in the day as it is.

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Fe.

It would be almost impossible for me to give a best recommendation for an Asimov Sci Fi first read as I have read them all and they will appeal to different tastes.

When you recommend the Foundation series be aware that his original ‘trilogy’ has now become a series of 7. In his later years he went back to the trilogy to finish off some loose ends and added Prelude to Foundation & Forward the Foundation pre trilogy followed by Foundations Edge & Foundation and Earth.

Asimov very cleverly uses the robot character of Daneel Olivar in the new foundation books who first appears in his earlier detective stories featuring Lije Baley. Trying these out first would probably make the reading of the Foundation series more enjoyable as this character spans over 20,000 years of our galaxies future history.

They are, Caves of Steel, Naked Sun, Robots of Dawn & Robots and Empire in chronological order.

If anyone is unfamiliar with Isaac Asimov you might recall the Robin Williams film Bicentennial Man about a robot that wants human rights, taken originally from a short story that appears in the Complete Robot mentioned by FE.

The only other film based on the works of Asimov is I Robot. Not too many are aware that there never was a book along the lines of the film, the films story is made up from the combination of 9 short stories first published in the 1950’s in Sci Fi magazines and then as a compilation book in 1967.

These 9 short stories are also contained in The Complete Robot.

Personally I enjoy more his science fact and history books, his writing style is one that allows you to absorb information (often quite complex) in relaxing way.

I will end there as I could go on about Asimov for ever but please post if you want to know more. There is always loads on the internet but I have 1st hand experience of most of his work.

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I thought robot came from a Czech word, used in that old black and white sci-fi movie, Metropolis, or did Mr Asimov add the 'ic' suffix?

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Picklefactory

In 1920 Czech writer Karel Capek was the first to use the word robot in his play Rossums Universal Robots. He first wanted to use the word Labori from the latin Labor but his brother suggested Roboti from the Czech word robota meaning Serf labour.

It was indeed Asimov who coined the word Robotics.

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Blackhat

Ta

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"Personally I enjoy more his science fact and history books, his writing style is one that allows you to absorb information (often quite complex) in relaxing way."

I agree completely. In fact, Asimov did most of his SF writing at the beginning and the end of his writing life - in between he largely wrote the factual books you describe.

We spent many hours of our student lives debating one of his statements - usually with the help of a glass or five:

“I prefer rationalism to atheism. The question of God and other objects-of-faith are outside reason and play no part in rationalism, thus you don’t have to waste your time in either attacking or defending“

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Another famous Sci-Fi fiction writer Stanislaw Lem wrote:-

The bookstore resembled, instead, an electronic laboratory. The books were crystals with recorded contents. They can be read with the aid of an opton, which was similar to a book but had only one page between the covers. At a touch, successive pages of the text appeared on it. But optons were little used, the sales-robot told me.

...from " Return From The Stars " published in 1961.

( ... sometimes cited as the first published appearance of the idea of digital paper ... )

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