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Unformatted text preview: Sheet1 I, Robot Isaac Asimov ----TO JOHN W. CAMPBELL, JR, who Godfathered THE ROBOTS The story entitled "Bobbie" was first published as "Strange Playfellow" in Super Science Stories. Copyright 1940 by Fictioneer The following stories were originally published in Astounding Science Fiction: Reason, copyright 1941 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc. Liar! copyright 1941 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc. Runaround, copyright 1942 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc. Catch That Rabbit, copyright 1944 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc. Escape, copyright 1945 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc. Evidence, copyright 1946 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc. Little Lost Robot, copyright 1947 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc. The Evitable Conflict, copyright 1950 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc. CONTENTS lntroduction7 Bobbie11 Runaround30 Reason47 Catch That Rabbit65 Liar!84 Little Lost Robot100 Escape!126 Evidence147 The Evitable Conflict170 Introduction I LOOKED AT MY NOTES AND I DIDN'T LIKE THEM. I'd spent three days at U. S. Robots and might as well have spent them Susan Calvin had been born in the year 1982, they said, which made her seventy-five now. Everyone knew that. Appropriatel At the age of twenty, Susan Calvin had been part of the particular Psycho-Math seminar at which Dr. Alfred Lanning of U. S. R Susan said nothing at that seminar She obtained her bachelor's degree at Columbia in 2003 and began graduate work in cybernetics. All that had been done in the mid-twentieth century on "calculating machines" had been upset by Robertson and his positronic She learned to calculate the parameters necessary to fix the possible variables within the "positronic brain" In 2008, she obtained her Ph.D. and joined United States Robots as a "Robopsychologist," becoming the first great practitione For fifty years, she watched the direction of human progress change and leap ahead. Now she was retiring - as much as she ever could. At least, she was allowing someone else's name to be inset upon the door That, essentially, was what I had. I had a long list of her published papers, of the patents in her name chronological details of her promotions. In short I had her professional "vita" in full detail. But that wasn't what I wanted. I needed more than that for my feature articles for Interplanetary Press. Much more. I told her so. Page 1 Sheet1 "Dr. Calvin," I said, as lushly as possible, "in the mind of the public you and U. S. Robots are identical. Your retirement will end "You want the human-interest angle?" She didn't smile at me. I don't think she ever smiles. But her eyes were sharp, though n But I said, "That's right." "Human interest out of robots? A contradiction." "No, doctor. Out of you." "Well, I've been called a robot myself....
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