Isaac Asimov authored over 400 books in a career that lasted nearly 50 years. As a leading scientific writer, historian, and futurist, he covered a variety of subjects ranging from mathematics to humor, and won numerous awards for his work.
NAL launches its new SF imprint, ROC, with a collection of 18 of Asimov's ( Foundation ) robot stories. The earliest tales here, written from 1940 to 1960, remain among the most-loved in the field, the best being ``Little Lost Robot,'' about a robot who obeys an order to ``get lost.'' ``The Bicentennial Man'' (1976) about one robot's desires and efforts to be first free, then equal, is the quintessential robot-as-man's-mirror story. The book concludes with brief essays offering companionable commentary on the history of robots in fiction, the Frankenstein complex, the origin of Asimov's famous Three Laws and the author's own surprise at the emergence of robots during his lifetime. (Apr.)
Praise for Robot Visions
"The earliest tales here, written from 1940 to 1960, remain among the most-loved in the field."--Publishers Weekly "Robot Visions proves what we have suspected for decades: that Isaac Asimov's mind is far more creative and faster-working than any positronic brain."--Ben Bova