"To you, a robot is a robot. Gears and Metal; Electricity and positrons. - Mind and iron! Human-made! If necessary, human-destroyed. But you haven't worked with them, so you don't know them. They're a cleaner, better breed than we are."
-- Dr. Susan Calvin, 2057 A.D.
In a brilliant, chilling series of nine related short stories, the author chronicles robot development from its crude mid-twentieth century beginnings to a state of such perfection that a hundred years later robots are running man's world for his own good. Dr. Asimov has endowed his mechanical creations with disarmingly human personalities - from Robbie, the beloved, mute nursemaid of an eight-year-old girl, to Stephen Byerley who was elected first World Co-ordinator.
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