I apologize for the campaign-esque sound of the title. I’m still trying to get 2016 out of my head. Anyway, I said yesterday at Adventures Fantastic that I’m going to be reading more of the classics of the field. Furthermore I specifically named Asimov’s robot stories as one of the things I’ll be reading.
It’s Asimov’s 97th birthday today. He was born January 2, 1920, in Russia. I first read the robot stories in 7th grade. It’s been more than a decade (going on two decades now) since I last read one of them. I’ve read a few Asimov stories over the past year; I’m about a third of the way through The Winds of Change right now.
The robot stories have all been collected in The Complete Robot. I’ve got a copy around somewhere, if I an ever find the darn thing. I’m looking forward to diving into them. Robots used to be pretty ubiquitous in science fiction, but you don’t see them that much these days. They’ve been supplanted by AIs. Still, I like the old-fashioned robots, and Asimov did them better than anyone.