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The whole robot genre begins here. Which is weird.

Skip_of_London writes about Rossum's Universal Robots (R.U.R.)

Karel Capek


Other: Rossum's Universal Robots (R.U.R.).
Creator: Karel Capek

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

Yes. It's the start of the whole robot thing. It's amazing that the original approach to Robots (machines that accidentally have souls and feelings) still defines the genre - from Asimov's brilliant robot stories through to Hugh the soppy borg.

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

I remember hearing this on the Radio when I was a kid, and it was magical.

Recollection and revelations

It didn't change my world. But it gave me an excuse to re-read I, Robot.
Looking back on it, it's still a fascinating piece - reading liked an Ibsen or Bernard Shaw play - but with robots. How mad is that? Bring on Harold Pinter's Daleks, I say.

Remember that bit in Adrian Mole where he's in the Cherry Orchard playing a tree? For years afterwards I assumed the Cherry Orchard was about cruel cherry tree farmers and their rebellious trees.

RUR is pretty much that play. Only with robots rather than trees. And therefore brilliant. Who wants to see a play about grumpy trees?

Before this...

I, Robot

Eye-opening stories about Robots that really clicked with my 10 year-old brain. Especially thrilled to know that there were rules for robots. It made them seem plausible. And they could be learned.

After This

Crime and Punisment

I know it's not sci fi, but I went off on a whole literature-from-cold-countries thing.

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