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June's Sci-Fi - I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Please join us as we discuss I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. Asimov, a multiple winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards, is considered one of the most acclaimed sci-fi writers in history. The 9 interlinked short stories in this novel (including the famous three laws) have had a profound influence on speculative fiction, inspiring countless other novels, TV shows, and movies and exploring the moral ramifications of a future with robotics. The book is a fairly quick read, at about 225 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Our smaller morning session can be found here.

From Amazon:

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 givein 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 this, 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 & science fiction that became Asmiov's trademark.


*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm the night before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Edie

    Sorry I had to leave before the end. I really enjoyed rereading I, Robot. Were there any profound thoughts that I missed?

    June 24, 2013

  • Lara

    I had a great time. Great discussion and lovely people.

    3 · June 23, 2013

  • Eryn H.

    I am so sorry to cancel last minute, I've had something come up suddenly that I can't reschedule. I hope you all have a great time!

    June 23, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone, we're just a couple days away now, so please update your RSVP as soon as possible if you can no longer attend, both to avoid a no-show and to give someone on the waitlist a chance to join. Thanks!

    June 20, 2013

    • Vijay

      @Sam, go ahead and leave a comment on the morning session and hopefully someone will bite. If so, I can make the change manually.

      June 21, 2013

    • Samuel L.

      Thanks! I posted.

      June 21, 2013

  • Wes R.

    Going home this weekend to make up for the cancelled Tball game of two weeks ago. Gotta see my nephew play and this is the last game of the summer!

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I can't make it. I have a friend visiting this weekend before she leaves for Chile for a year.

    June 17, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi, everyone! We have a fairly deep waitlist, so now that we're less than a week out, please update your RSVP if your availability has changed to give someone else a chance to attend. Thanks!

    June 17, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone, we have a very deep waitlist for this meetup, so please update your RSVP if you're no longer able or interested in attending, to give someone else a chance. Thanks!

    June 10, 2013

  • Efe L.

    Eager to read and discuss! :D

    2 · June 2, 2013

  • Samuel L.

    Aside from the names and the Three Laws which were frequently ignored, just one scene in the movie came from the book.

    1 · June 2, 2013

    • Sandeep

      Yes, that was extremely unfortunate, and disappointing. They pulped it up :(

      1 · June 2, 2013

  • rosemarybeales

    It will be fun to re-read this classic!

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Gwen H.

    Schedule Conflict

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Back injury or no back injury, I'm not missing discussing I, Robot!

    3 · May 9, 2013

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