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by Karel Capek,Paul Selver,Nigel Playfair

This booklet was required reading for a course I took on Futurism and Robotics back in 1995. Was kept on the shelves or in climate controlled storage since then.
Download R. U. R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) A Fantastic Melodrama in Three Acts and an Epilogue epub
ISBN: 0573614970
ISBN13: 978-0573614972
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Dramas & Plays
Author: Karel Capek,Paul Selver,Nigel Playfair
Language: English
Publisher: Samuel French; 1st US - 1st Printing edition (1923)
Pages: 94 pages
ePUB size: 1866 kb
FB2 size: 1837 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 760
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I bought this for a university class, not thinking much of it at the time. After reading it though, I found it to be fantastic. So detailed, and when the detail is left out there is a thoughtful reason for it. As much as I do not read a novel twice, I have a feeling this one will get a second read.
There are two parts to this classic. There is the play itself. And there is the extensive introduction material with its background and explanatory text.

The play itself is both a very interesting perspective on early thinking about man's relationship with modern technology and a critical reflection on man and his humanity. (Although it isn't terribly deep in its reflection.)

The extensive introduction is a cornucopia of information about the author as well as many events in Europe between the two wars.

In its time this was a worldwide sensation. Obviously the fact that it caught the whole world's attention attests to its historical significance. Who hasn't heard of Robots?

Overall this should be required reading for anyone interested in either modern literature or science fiction or dystopian fiction.
I like the story, but it's not a novel but a scrip for a play so it reads as a script.
Sadaron above the Gods
This Czech play was the source of the word "robot" from 1920. This is the first English translation from 1923. As I see more and more machines designed to make man's work unnecessary, I had to read it.
A "must read" for every techie and school teacher (I am a computer systems professor).
There is a very good modern interpretation from the Edward Alderton Theatre on Youtube.
Very good book!
The play that introduced the world to the word robot is worth a read by any science fiction enthusiast, roboticist, literati, or just interested party. Not only does the play coin the term robot but it has apocalypse level consequences (mind you this is written well before the current fad) that result from an unrestrained desire for cheap labor, freedom from work, and idealism acted on without adequate considerations of the consequences. The play offers some insights into what makes us human, and its not what you might think.
A fantastic anticipation of the problems of today's artificial intelligence
This is the first work to refer to automatons as robots. The first two acts are hard to read because this work is firmly rooted in early twentieth century cultural ideas. However, if you keep going to act 3 you will see some of the seeds of the best science fiction themes ever.