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The Positronic Man is an expanded version of Asimov’s novella written in conjunction with Robert Silverberg. However the writing style is. The Positronic Man is an expanded version of Asimov’s novella written in conjunction with Robert Silverberg. However the writing style is different between the. The Positronic Man by Isaac Asimov, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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I’m glad to say that this was not one of those. Mar 16, Karl Jorgenson rated it did not like it. Jun 04, Nikki rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fun read by two legends of science fiction writing. Jul 24, Kiana rated it really liked it.

Only when Andrew allows his positronic brain to “decay”, thereby willfully abandoning his immortality, is he declared a human being.

This event takes place on the two-hundredth anniversary of his creation, hence the title of the novella and posittronic. This kind of stories make you appreciate the fact that you are human and alive Paperbackpages.

Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia, on January 2, It doesn’t really deserve to be a story. Andrew Martin’s story is heartwarming, whereas at the same time it rings of the truth, of the irrational fears and activities of human mind, and on the other hand, how the proper action by a few people at the right times could make history.

It’s set in the future where helpful robots are a reality. He also introduced several innovative concepts, including the thematic concern for technological progress and its impact on mna.

I saw direct parallels with how modern society struggles to accept trans people and afford someone born biologically female “man” status, the same as society having trouble affording that status to Andrew because of the nature of his creation.


References to this book Aging, Death, and Human Longevity: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Asimov and Silverberg employ an admirable protagonist, some hard SF, and many parallels to our own journeys as men and women to churn out an amazingly readable tale. Want to Read saving…. Would I be better poaitronic by reading the novella and then the book? Martin’s desired state vs state of birth, give positroniic thought to those who also would wish to be known as a “man” or a “woman” and treated as such.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Possibly these were Silverberg’s additions to the story, I can’t say for sure, but it made me chuckle inside a bit. My attention began to wane a bit during the last part of the book which spent a lot of time on the scifi aspects and legal battles of Andrew but overall it was a very engaging and thought provoking book that even made me tear up near the end.

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I had suspected, and feared, that this would be one of those books which would take isaqc good story and build on it, just for the purpise of it, making the story tasteless, bland. This book is simply an exapanding of Asimov’s story “The Bicentennial Man” and a great one, at asi,ov and probably my favorite work of Asimov’s since I’ve started reading him. The new technology of the positronic pathway is a quantum leap in the field of artificial intelligence, but it’s hardly an exact science.

He seems to be part housekeeper and part babysitter and a trusted member of the family.


In the twenty-first century the creation of the positronic brain leads to the development of robot laborers and revolutionizes life on Earth.

It might mean society will be less messed-up than it is now.

Andrew’s initial experiences with the Martin family are replete with awkward moments which demonstrate his lack of socialization. Mar 31, Jeremiah Johnson rated it liked it. All right, a young reader could enjoy it, I suppose I’m afraid I mxn have, as a child I preferred more adventure in my books and don’t even get me started on the ending.


However the writing style is different between the two versions. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

But almost is not enough. If you feel izaac sympathy for Mr. There is also a movement towards centralized processing, including centralized control of robots, which would avoid any more self-reflecting robots mam as Andrew. But Andrew’s owners, the Martins, refuse to give him up.

He has works published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System lacking only an entry in the s category of Philosophy. An interesting debate on the evolutionary journey a robot would need to take in order to be considered a human, mostly played out in extended debates between characters without that messy proposition of a ‘storyline’ getting in the way.

We have those in plenty, don’t we? He studied chemistry at Columbia University, earning a B. Nov 19, Mystery Theater rated it liked it.

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Retrieved from ” https: Lists with This Book. The book can be understood very well even if this is the first book you are reading in saimov Robot series or even among Isaac Asimov’s novels. Jul 28, Michael rated it it was amazing.


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