Press Release: I, Robot
Introduced by Daniel H. Wilson
Illustrated by Alex Wells
‘Thought-provoking, thrilling and enjoyable’
the three laws of robotics
1 A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2 A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3 A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Isaac Asimov, winner of the Hugo Award four times and the Nebula Award, was more
than one of the greatest science-fiction writers of his age. In his introduction to this
Folio Society edition, robotics engineer and author Daniel H. Wilson describes how Asimov’s fictional vision of the future – and particularly his ‘Three Laws of Robotics’ – would have a significant impact on the development of real-world technology. Asimov’s gift, Wilson writes, was to ‘lift our eyes to the horizon; to show us worlds worth living in’.
Via the reminiscences of Chief Robopsychologist Dr Susan Calvin, I, Robot offers the reader snapshots of a future fraught with unthought of moral conundrums: from a robot suffering a case of religious mania to a telepathic robot that lies to its human colleagues to save their feelings. In each story, Asimov reveals a new facet of this complex future and the unexpected consequences of the Three Laws, ultimately sowing the seeds of his acclaimed Foundation series – also available from The Folio Society.
Alex Wells’s vibrant illustrations and binding design capture the
fundamentally uneasy relationship between a burgeoning artificial
intelligence and its creator.
Bound in cloth, blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Garamond Pro. 256 pages.
7 full-page colour illustrations. Slipcase. 9˝ × 5¾˝.
UK £29.95 US $49.95 Can $59.95 Aus $62.95
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