This is a guest post by Marco Crosa.
Robot Visions is a 1990 sci-fi short story by Isaac Asimov about a group of physicians who send a robot in the future to get a vision of human destiny. The story is a great blending of robotic and time-travel themes.
“It was also a remark of mine that led the Temporalist to develop a line of reasoning that showed that travel into the past was impossible“
In 2030 a group of researchers called the Temporalist, the most important scientists of those days, are responsible for the development of time-travel technology. After several successful experiments with inanimate objects and animals – that have been sent no more than five days ahead – they plan a travel in the far future (two hundred years) using someone capable to come back and make a detailed report on the state of earth. After a discussion on the most suitable for the journey the choice falls on Archie(AG-32) an old-fashioned robot whose reliability is assured by the laws of robotic. The narrator of the events is a team junior member who – although it seems underestimated by the others – is the most able to understand what the peaceful world observed by Archie hides.
About the story and where to find it
- Robot Vision was first published in the 1990 Asimov’s collection to which it gives the name.
- The collection includes Asimov‘s seventeen classic robot stories more and sixteen essays on science and technology.
- An online version of the book is available at ebooktrove.com.
About Marco Crosa
I have a degree in philosophy of science and, let’s say, I’m curious about anything. I love literature and especially sci-fi. I keep a blog at Ma.Cro Mind.