Robots and Empire (The Robot Series)

Robots and Empire (The Robot Series)

by Isaac Asimov

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Overview

Long after his humiliating defeat at the hands of Earthman Elijah Baley, Keldon Amadiro embarked on a plan to destroy planet Earth. But even after his death, Baley's vision continued to guide his robot partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, who had the wisdom of a great man behind him and an indestructable will to win....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345328946
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/12/1986
Series: Robots Series , #4
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 4.33(w) x 7.09(h) x (d)
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)

About the Author

Isaac Asimov began his Foundation series at the age of 21, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned over 400 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas. Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decades, until he died, at the age of 72, in April 1992.

Date of Birth:

January 20, 1920

Date of Death:

April 6, 1992

Place of Birth:

Petrovichi, Russia

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

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Robots and Empire 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the book that pulls the the Robots series into the Foundation series. As I've said elsewhere, I don't think this was very successful.It's an Elijah Bailey book, even though he is long dead, because his memories are stored and because R. Daneel Olivaw is the major character. It's a Foundation novel because it sets up the events of Foundation's Edge and Foundation and Earth.
Cecrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was intending to put this off until I was ready to read the Empire novels, but after stumbling across a copy (it wasn't easy to find, for some reason - this one and 'Foundation and Earth' don't turn up often), I couldn't resist.Who else but Asimov could write a novel around literally emotionless characters and still make it this compelling? The mystery element is gone here, along with Elijah Baley other than in flashbacks, and the new focus moves to the political strategems that formed the background of the other novels. Just the same it's entirely readable, and I can't understand the bad reputation I'd heard of prior to reading it for myself.I suppose some people might find the conversations and characters dry, particularly the robots, but I find them absolutely fascinating. This is the fourth and last of the Robot novels, and I regret there couldn't be a dozen more.
Fosforus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A satisfying story, though it feels deeply formulaic and the dialogue is often dull.
weakley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A more "serious" read than the rest of the robot novels. I guess it had to be in order to setup the Galactic Empire series and the Foundation books, but it wasn't as much fun or done in the same vein as the earlier works. It was good enough.
aethercowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in the distant future after The Robots of Dawn, Lije has died, but died a hero, having an entire Settler planet named after him: Baileyworld.Gladia, now in possession of Daneel and Giskard, encounters two figures with a similar background in the same day. One is her descendant, who is attempting to work for arch rival Han Fastolfe, and he wonders if by any chance, his ancestor was Bailey. The other is Bailey's true descendant, D. G. Bailey.He commissions Gladia to help on a reconnaissance mission to Solaria, where sometime in its past, all the Solarians disappeared. Being the only know Solarian around, he thinks that she be able to help figure out why all previous recon parties have gone missing.Conflicting worlds and their politics make every step of the way difficult, but soon they discover that the Solarians have discovered a way to redefine what it is to be human for their robots, and thus generate a robot that is seemingly capable of violating the Three Laws of Robotics.In an effort to prevent intergalactic war between the Settlers and the Spacers, D. G. and Gladia must be very careful not to upset the fragile balance between the worlds.This novel successfully bridges the gap between Asimov's Robot novels and Asimov's Empire novels.Good for all fans of Asimov, especially fans of the Lije Bailey series.
StormRaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel marks the explicit bridge between the Robot novels (The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, and The Robots of Dawn) and the Foundation series (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation, and others), also linking in the Galactic Empire series (Pebble in the Sky, The Stars Like Dust, and The Currents of Space). This novel mostly sets in place the events leading to the irradiated and devestated Earth in the Galactic Empire series, and also establishes R. Daneel Olivaw as the nigh-omniscient benevolent guardian of humanity.The story is a planet hopping tale that follows Olivaw, Giskard, and the spacer Gladia (introduced in The Naked Sun nand The Robots of Dawn) as they trace a nefarious spacer plot to eliminate Earth's population, leaving the galaxy free to be colonized by the "superior" men of the spacer worlds. This novel establishes for the first time the dubious Zeroth Law of Robotics, to allow Olivaw and Giskard to overcome their Three Laws imposed inhibitions and act for the greater benefit of humanity (a very nebulous standard at best). In the novel, Asimov justifies the irradiation of the Earth as a mean to benefit humanity over the long term, a course of action that can only be possibly justified if you assume a godlike level of prescience on the part of the robots in the story, and even then, I have serious doubts.The end result of Robots and Empire is to leave humanity without a viable homeworld, cast into space by supposedly benevolent robots acting for our benefit. Most of the book is merely a set-up to explain elements of other, better novels. The novel is also responsible for making R. Daneel Olivaw the anooying character that dominates the later written Foundation novels.While the planet hopping intrigue story contained in the novel is adequate, the creation of the Olivaw-monster that infects the Foundation universe and the inhuman end result that he arrives at (apparently condemning millions to slow radiation induced death is a good thing) drops the story down to merely average at best.
Redthing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this one as much as the first three novels, mainly because Elijah Baley was 200 years dead. Still a great mystery though, with spacers and one of Baley's decendents being the main characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago