I, Robot book discussion + dinner

Our first science fiction book discussion meeting last month was a success! (I had a blast--thanks to everyone who came!) The book for our next meeting will beI, Robot by Isaac Asimov and we'll meet to talk about it on Thursday November 7.

This classic book of nine sci-fi short stories was published in 1950 and contains the story where Asimov introduced his Three Laws of Robotics.

(from Goodread's synopsis): "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 orders given to 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.

With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future--a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.

Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world--all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asimov's trademark."


We'll meet again at Packard's library room, which is a separate room off of the far right corner of the restaurant, on the first floor; if you don't find it easily, just ask any of the staff for the library room. This room is free to reserve, and was a great location for discussion last time. However, it is expected that those attending will order a meal. Their meals are moderately priced, generally in the $9-12 range. Here's their menu.

*There is a limit of 10 attendees for this event, to make sure everyone has a chance to participate in the discussion and because the room can't comfortably accommodate more than that. So if you plan on coming, please RSVP before it fills up! And if you have RSVPd but something has come up, please update your RSVP so someone else will have a chance.*

Used copies of I, Robot start at under $4 and an ebook copy is around $6-8. Many local libraries should also have copies.

Note about scheduling: Because of late fall/early winter holidays the plan is to meet on the first Thursday of the month for November and December, but we'll be going back to the fourth Thursday after the New Year.


For those interested in reading ahead, the next two selections have been chosen:
• December: Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
• January: Kindred by Octavia Butler

I'll be looking to choose the next batch of books to read sometime next month. If you have any suggestions you can post them here on our message board, or just email me directly.

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  • Jessica M.

    Great discussion in a great venue!

    1 · November 8

  • Becky R

    I had a really good time, excellent conversation

    November 8

  • Karen

    Thanks everyone, for a great evening, and thanks especially to Jen for organizing. Wonderful thoughtful evening!

    1 · November 7

  • Kevin

    became unexpectedly ill.

    November 7

  • Karen

    My meeting was rescheduled, I'll be there. Sorry for confusion.

    November 7

  • Karen

    I have a just-scheduled meeting for tomorrow night, and won't be able to make it. Arghhh! I'm so fond of this book -- and have been thinking a lot about Asimov's Robot-as-Savior complex (not only in this book, but in the Foundation series). I'm sorry to have to miss this meeting, and hope to be at future ones.

    November 6

  • Brian A.

    Something came up and I won't be able to make it this time. Hopefully I'll be there for the next one

    November 5

  • Jonathon P.

    I haven't read the book, however I do enough time to read the manual for the iRobot: Roomba Vacuum Cleaner. Details at www.irobot.com However, I am fearing that it may be too different from the Asimov version you read, including pagination.

    2 · November 6

    • Erin

      I read on the internet that Asimov wrote iRobot in its entirety immediately after having is whole house vacuumed by that very product, it was his inspiration. You should definitely come by and shar the insights you gained from the owners manual.

      3 · November 6

    • Jen M.

      Lol!

      November 6

  • Ann W.

    Unfortunately I have another commitment on Thur. But I hope to make it another time. It was great meeting up with other Sic fi lovers!

    1 · October 13

    • Jen M.

      Hi Ann, sorry you can't make it to this one. I really hope you can make it again in the future!

      November 5

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