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|Robots have a long tradition in fiction. On this page we list
several of the best examples of fictional robots in books, film, and art. Most of
the titles listed below feature robots, those that don't are simply classics of 'hard'
science fiction that you shouldn't miss. Several of these books have won the Hugo and/or
If you haven't heard of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you must not be living in this galaxy! The Hitchhiker's Guide started out as a radio series on the BBC. Since then it has been incarnated as books, a television series, stage plays, records, and two computer games. A Hollywood feature film is also in the works.
Why the wild popularity, and the cult following? You will have to read it to understand, but we'll give you a start: The 'Guide' chronicles the adventures of Marvin the Paranoid Android, Ford Prefect, Arthur Dent, Trillian, and Zaphod Beeblebrox. Our motley crew of terrestrial, alien, and metal beings, roam the galaxy in a storm of mayhem and hilarity.
The Guide is not just a funny Science Fiction book, it is the funniest book of any kind every written by an earthling! Every word is precisely chosen, every line is an essential part of the tapestry, and every plot twist is calculated to achieve the greatest effect.
For those of you who loved The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, your in luck! That was just the first book in a five part 'trilogy'. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe continues the adventures of the Marvin the pitiful robot, Ford the know-it-all alien, Zaphod the arrogant blowhard, Arthur the hapless human, and Trillian the sexy vixen with "a degree in math and another in astrophysics".
In a brilliant, chilling series of nine related short stories, Isaac Asimov chronicles robot development from it's crude beginnings in the late 20th century to a state of such perfection that a hundred years later robots are running man's world for his own good.
In I, Robot, Dr. Asimov endows his mechanical creations with disarmingly human personalities--from Robbie, the beloved, mute nursemaid of an eight year old girl, to Stephen Byerley who is elected first World Coordinator.
A magnetic anomaly under the surface of the moon pinpoints the location of the strangest artifact ever discovered by mankind. There is no possibility that this strange monolith is a natural formation. It is a deliberately buried calling card, left by an alien intelligence millions of years ago. This sets in motion a mission of extreme urgency: Get to Jupiter's moon Europa, and discover why this was the target of the pulse of electromagnetic energy from the monolith.
Five intrepid astronauts (3 in deep freeze), and their chatty computer HAL, embark on this adventure, the outcome of which will absolutely blow your mind! Hal is endowed with artificial intelligence, and the entire spacecraft is a robot under his control. Hal-class computers have never been known to make a mistake until...
Rama is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons, and it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object!
Mankind prepares for it's first encounter with alien intelligence. And now the moment of rendezvous awaits -- just behind a Raman airlock door. What would mankind do if an alien ship appeared in our solar system? In Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke, (who also wrote 2001, A Space Odyssey), gives a compelling answer to that question.
Frederik Pohl has taken a simple idea, and turned it into what many people consider to be the greatest science fiction novel of all time. This book has won the both Hugo and the Nebula awards!
Small spacecraft, left behind by a long-gone race of aliens, are preprogrammed to fly to selected destinations in the galaxy. There is no way to tell just where you will end up if you venture out in one. You may come back fabulously wealthy, or you may disappear forever into the void of space. Open the pages of this novel and see just where you will end up!
A ring 93 million miles in radius, 600 million miles in circumference, one million miles wide, and a thousand meters thick. This is Ringworld. With three million times the surface area of Earth to work with, master craftsman Larry Niven constructs an equally gigantic tale.
This is another one of the very few books that have won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards! Ringworld, like most of the other books in this section, is for fans of 'hard' science fiction, that is, fiction in which science itself is the main character. No robots in this one, but a worthwhile read anyway.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? captures the strange world of twenty-first-century Earth, a devastated planet in which incredibly realistic androids, banned from the planet, fight back against their potential destroyers. Grim and foreboding, even today it is a masterpiece ahead of its time. This is a beautiful new edition of the 1968 science fiction masterpiece that inspired the classic cult movie Blade Runner.
By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving many species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic robots: horses, birds, cats, sheep, and even humans. Emigrees to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in. Rick Deckard is an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job is to find rogue androids, and to "retire" them, but cornered androids tend to fight back... with deadly results.
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