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Andrew Martin, a standard housekeeping robot, allows the unique capabilities of his experimental brain to lead him to become an artist, businessman, and crusader, in a novel based on Asimov's short story, "The Bicentennial Man." 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo.
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Powerful and haunting, The Positronic Man is an unforgettable novel that redefines Isaac Asimov's and Robert Silverberg's place among the greatest science fiction authors of all time.
In the twenty-first century the creation of the positronic brain leads to the development of robot laborers and revolutionizes life on Earth. But to the Martin family, their household robot NDR-113 is more than a trusted friend, a confidant, a member of the family. For through some unknown manufacturing glitch, Andrew has been blessed with a capacity for love and a drive toward self-awareness and devlopment that are almost...human.
But almost is not enough. Andrew's dream is to become fully human. Facing human prejudice, the laws of robotics, and his own mechanical limitations, Andrew will use science and law in his quest for the impossible, arriving at last at a terrifying choice: to make his dream a reality, he must pay the ultimate price.From Publishers Weekly:
The third and final collaborative novel from Silverberg and the late Asimov ( Nightfall ; The Ugly Little Boy ) follows Asimov's classic story, "The Bicentennial Man," step by step (whole sentences and paragraphs remain), adding extra scenes for length. The novel chronicles the quest of the robot Andrew Martin (dubbed NDR-113 at the factory) to achieve the rights, privileges, appearance and ultimately even the weaknesses of being fully human. When brought to the home of wealthy politician Gerald Martin, Andrew is little more than a standard household robot, but he quickly develops a remarkable, even artistic, skill in woodworking. He proceeds to stretch his increasingly human-like mind, seeking and winning his freedom and legal rights, grieving as human friends die and he lives on, replacing his robotic parts with organic prostheses of his own design. But he cannot replace his positronic brain, so he must finally appeal to the World Court to be declared human in all respects. Focused on the question of what it means to be human, Asimov's short story is a masterpiece in which the thinness of the background doesn't matter. The absence of a convincing future world or well-developed characters is glaring here. Readers interested in contemplating the human potential of robots would do better to reread the original.
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Book Description Gollancz. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0575047003I4N00
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Book Description Doubleday, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-. Edition Unstated. Slight spine lean, edgewear to the jacket, top edge of the jacket curls under a bit, and other light shopwear. A nice clean copy overall. Book. Seller Inventory # 021389
Book Description Gollancz, 1992. Hardback. fine hardcover copy in a near fine dustwrapper 1st UK edition. When NDR 113 came off the assembly lines of the United States Robots and Mechanical Men Corporation it was no more than a positronic brain cased encased in a more-or-less humanoid-looking housing. But NDR 113 was no ordinary robot. Seller Inventory # FM15.327
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Book Description VICTOR GOLLANCZ LONDON, LONDON, 1992. HARDCOVER. Condition: FINE. Dust Jacket Condition: FINE. Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, 1992. Octavo, boards. First edition. A novelization of Asimov's classic robot story "The Bicentennial Man." A fine copy in fine dust jacket. Seller Inventory # S116
Book Description Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Book Club. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0575047003
Book Description GOLLANCZ, LONDON, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. PETER MENNIM(JACKET ART) (illustrator). First Edition. Hard cover with illustrated dust jacket. Slight wear on DJ edges. Has been price clipped. Blue boards. Clean, tight pages. Strong binding. No inscriptions. Science fiction novel. Partly based on the Asimov story 'The Bicentennial Man'. Seller Inventory # 011765