Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I, Robot

by Cory Doctorow
To be exact, it is only a short story and not the book. The writer did say he was an avid reader of the "I, Robot" written by Isaac Asimov. It was written shortly after the film, starring Will Smith.


The story is set in the type of police state needed to ensure that only one company is allowed to make robots, and only one type of robot is allowed.
The story follows single Father detective Arturo Icaza de Arana-Goldberg while he tries to track down his missing teenage daughter. The detective is a bit of an outcast because his wife defected to Eurasia, a rival Superpower.

My say (Spoiler alert)
The scene of the story is set in the future, where robots are widely used. Arturo, the main character is a cop and has a daughter. Her wife left them just after the daughter was born. To be exact, her wife defected to Eurasia, the enemy land where the robots are not governed by the Three Law.
The story expands when one day his daughter went missing and as the adventure follows, he found his wif abducting her daughter and himself. Her wife then explain that Social Harmony (what a funny name), i.e the government is corrupted. Which explains the reason her wife ran to Eurasia.
Her wife invited them to Eurasia  but being a robot paranoid, he refuses. Life continues. However a few months later, her daughter was abducted but this time by the corrupted government. Just as he and her daughter about to kill through by the government official, her wife suddenly came and rescued them. Her wife however died.
Which was quite sad actually.
They managed to escape and flew to Eurasia. There they saw how modern Eurasia was and advanced their technology was. And not to forget, that her wife had welcomed them there. Apparently her wife had copies of herself, clones. Three thousands of her.

All in all I think it is a good story with a nice twist. Maybe I was caught in the moment and didn't saw it coming but the rest of the story was futuristically  believable. The only complain I have about is that it is too short.

The story is protected by Creative Commons and the writer made it free for anyone to download, read, derive/modify it as long as it is not for commercial use.

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