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As Addictions Go…

posted on December 1, 2020

Michael Gilbert sent me this from his Facebook page. In these curious times when laughs are as rare as a mint Red Raven #1, this definitely brought a chuckle. Thanks to Michael for letting me post it here.

The Robots of Dawn

posted on November 18, 2020

This book was written decades after Asimov’s early robot stories and the five early empire novels. Since this new work would, within the story predate and anticipate the empire works, Asimov took the opportunity to seed them with little Easter eggs in regard to what he and we the readers already knew was coming. My reading experience the first time around was reading the works in their publishing order which was fun as you watched Asimov retcon books like The Robots of Dawn into his galactic continuity, tying-up loose ends on some things and tying bows on others. However, I’m finding that there’s different and equally pleasurable reading experience reading them in their fictional chronological storyline order and watching everything grow and and contribute to Asimov’s galactic vision.

That particular galactic vision was that there were no other intelligent alien life forms in our galaxy other than human life forms. So no cowboys conquering Indians or humans overcoming Martians. Just humans being humans in all of their glorious and devious ways. This is the basic foundation (Ha!) of Asimov’s galactic empire.

The Naked Sun

posted on October 29, 2020

The Naked Sun is Asimov’s second robot novel and it takes things to the next floor by building very nicely on the the first, The Caves of Steel. Elijah Bailey and his Robot partner R. Daneel Olivaw, having survived their first murder investigation, now find themselves off-Earth on the planet Solaria dealing with an equally puzzling second murder. With the introduction of Solaria, Asimov gets to do some interesting world building by creating a planet with a very small human population supported by hundreds of robots per person. The book, also introduces Gladia Delmarre, a character who will become pivotal in the remaining robot books.

As I have with the first books, I’m finding this journey through Asimov’s and my past just as enjoyable the second time around. This little project (with the accompanying book reports) is proving to be a nice balm for the craziness in the world. Although, it does leave me longing nostalgically for precedented times.

 

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