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I, Robot by Eando Binder

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This is another guest post by our friend Marco Crosa.

But it is the most stupid premise ever made: that a created man must turn against his creator, against humanity, lacking a soul.

I, Robot is a 1939 sci fi short story by Eando Binder, the pen-name of Earl Andrew Binder (1904-1965) and his brother Otto (1911-1974). It is about the creation, the education and the uncertain fate of a sympathetic robot.

After twenty years of efforts Dr. Link has reached the goal of his life. Adam – the robot which he has been working on – is completed and has already shown human abilities and good-behaving: his mind is capable of associations, memory and reflexive reactions. After a few months of education he has become a mature individual able to read and write. Terry, the Dr. Link’s dog, seems to appreciate his company too but – just before being introduced into society – an accident has happened and the doctor died. The story is narrated by Adam himself who – believed to be the murderer – is now facing an uncertain destiny.

About the story and where to find it

  • I, Robot was first published on January 1939 in Amazing Stories and successively collected in Eando Binder’s Adam Link – Robot collection (1965) and in Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 1 (1939).
  • Isaac Asimov wrote Robbie – his first robot story – two months after reading I, Robot.
  • The Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot collection has been named after this story although Asimov himself objected.
  • The comic adaptations of three Adam Link stories are available here.
  • The collection also inspired a 1965 Outer Limits episode (watch it on youtube) and its 1995 remake.

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.