While some women's groups protest the creation of female androids for any purpose, the creation of artificial life as a servant class is prohibitively warned against by some of the greatest science fiction minds including Isaac Asimov.
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) is considered (with good cause) one of the writers of science fiction's Golden Age, that period of ferment that spanned the fifties and sixties.
Born in Russia, Asimov immigrated to the US with his parents when he was two.
Isaac Asimov sold his first short story, Marooned off Vesta, to Amazing Stories when he was eighteen.
The image of Isaac Asimov is of the mature eccentric with the white mutton-chop sideburns and the black-framed geek glasses.
Isaac Asimov famously did all his own typing and answered his own fan mail.
In 1983 Isaac Asimov had triple bypass surgery.
For much of the 'fifties and 'sixties, Isaac Asimov pretty much owned the robot franchise.
Asimov's early robot stories deal, appropriately enough, with the early days of USRobots and the difficulties they encountered both in developing useful robots, and in gaining product acceptance of them once they were available.
Asimov found his robots made worthy symbols for the human targets of bigotry in his own time.
In The Caves of Steel (1954), a full-length science-fiction murder mystery, Asimov first introduces us to R.
Not only does Asimov establish a future milieu, he painstakingly works out the human consequences of living within that milieu.
Daneel and Bailey reappeared in novels published in the 'eighties, and Daneel alone crosses over to Asimov's Foundation universe, tying together the Foundation series and Robot stories and novels.
There have been several recent attempts to bring Asimov's robots to the big screen, notably in Robin Williams' Bicentennial Man, and Will Smith's I, Robot, but thus far, the definitive Asimovian robot movie remains elusive.
Many of Asimov's early robot short stories had Man's Inhumanity to Robot as a theme.
Robots in sci-fi are often used as symbols of other things; most typically as a minority ethnic group, as in Isaac Asimov's famous short story, the Bicentennial Man.
Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy is a classic of Golden Age Sci-Fi.
Asimov returned to his galaxy-spanning 'Foundation Universe' in the '80s with Foundation's Edge, and Foundation and Earth.
An unusual entry into our gender-bender category - a novel by Golden Age icon Isaac Asimov, known for years for the chasteness of his prose, The Gods Themselves was published in 1972 and won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards.
The first four volumes, originally published in Mentor Books and recently reprinted by Scarecrow Books, trace the origins of science fiction from Lucian of Samosata through Wells, Heinlein, and Asimov, up to George Alec Effinger.
Unlike many commercial ventures striving to make money off of pop culture, the SciFi Channel made sure that it was the real deal, including Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and author Isaac Asimov on its board of directors.
On major advancement in robotics is Honda's Asimo (which is not named for Isaac Asimov).
For a good dose of Robotism, read Isaac Asimov's Robot novels.
The term robotics didn't come about until two decades later when Isaac Asimov used the word in 1941.
Asimov's is one of the most famous publications in the genre, and well-known as the place where many successful writers got started.
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