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VWN Product Reviews: The Bicentennial Man
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The Bicentennial Man was penned by Issac Asimov in early 1976. It is a novella length story, looking at the life of a robot servant who more than anything else, wants to be recognised as equal to a human, with all the rights and responsibilities thus.

It is no coincidence that the name is the same as the Robin Williams film. Both the film and another work, ?The Positronic Man?, are directly sourced from this original story. Much has changed, in both retellings of course, but still, much has stayed the same.

This is a delightful little book, containing that novella, and ten further, rather shorter stories in similar veins, that follow after it, to pad the work out to a full novel length. In typical Asimov style, each is thought provoking in it?s own way.

Full Story Contents:



* Feminine Intuition
* Waterclap
* That Thou Art Mindful of Him
* Stranger in Paradise
* The life and Times of Multivac
* The Winnowing
* The Bicentennial Man
* Marching In
* Old-fashioned
* The Tercentenary Incident
* Birth of a Notion

Further Reading / Viewing



Bicentennial
Man


The second major adaptation of Issac Asimov's novella 'The Bicentennial Man', this film has some humourous moments and genuine warmth, but it is underlined by the struggle for equality, by a sentient, yet non-human mind. This film, like both books before it, is a poster-child for robot rights.




The
Positronic Man


Based heavily on Issac Asimov's novella 'The Bicentennial Man', this collaboration between Issac Asimov and Robert Silverberg essentially takes the original novella, and expands it, filling in the detail and depth of plot to create a full-fledged novel. Produced six years before the film, this set the groundwork for that work, adding in the myriad of little details that truly brought the world to life.

 

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