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The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

This is a guest post by Marie Sumner – and yes it is about a short novel, not a short story, but I felt it was good enough to make an exception. I hope you enjoy it!

The Island of Dr. Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel by H.G. Wells. It follows a man trapped on an island filled with genetically mutated creatures and brings up questions about what separates men from beasts. Read More

Reason by Isaac Asimov

This is guest post by Marco Crosa.

“You can prove anything you want by coldly logical reason – if you pick the proper postulates. We have ours and Cutie has his.”

"Reason" is a 1941 short story by Isaac Asimov and his second one of the robot series. It is about two technicians who – during a mission in an orbital station – find themselves to deal with a robot who acquires consciousness of his own existence. Read More

I, Robot by Eando Binder

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. Read More

Robbie by Isaac Asimov

This is a guest post by Marco Crosa – who is enjoying re-reading Asimov’s robot stories so much that he offered to write yet another review.

“His entire ‘mentality’ has been created for the purpose. He just can’t help being faithful and loving and kind. He’s a machine – made so.”

“Robbie” is a 1939 sci-fi short story by Isaac Asimov and his first one of the robot series. It describes the friendship and the attachment of a little girl to her robotic playmate. Read More