His early career, dominated by science fiction, began with short stories in and novels in This lasted until about , all but ending after publication of The Naked Sun He began publishing nonfiction as co-author of a college-level textbook called Biochemistry and Human Metabolism. Following the brief orbit of the first man-made satellite Sputnik I by the USSR in , his production of nonfiction, particularly popular science books, greatly increased, with a consequent drop in his science fiction output. Over the next quarter century, he wrote only four science fiction novels, while writing over nonfiction books. From then until his death, Asimov published several more sequels and prequels to his existing novels, tying them together in a way he had not originally anticipated, making a unified series.
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Plot[ edit ] A character named Andrew Martin requests an unknown operation from a robotic surgeon. However, the robot refuses, as the operation is harmful and violates the First Law of Robotics , which says a robot may never harm a human being.
Andrew, however, changes its mind, telling it that he is not a human being. The story jumps to years in the past, when a robot with a serial number beginning with "NDR" is brought to the home of Gerald Martin referred to as Sir as a robot butler. Later, Little Miss asks Andrew to carve a pendant out of wood. She shows it to her father, who initially does not believe a robot could carve so skillfully. Sir has Andrew carve more things, and even read books on woodwork.
Andrew uses, for the first time, the word "enjoy" to describe why he carves. Sir takes Andrew to U. Robotics and Mechanical Men, Inc. Sir helps Andrew to sell his products, taking half the profits and putting the other half in a bank account in the name of Andrew Martin though there is questionable legality to a robot owning a bank account.
Andrew uses the money to pay for bodily upgrades, keeping himself in perfect shape, but never has his positronic brain altered. Sir reveals that U.
Little Miss, at this point, is married and has a child, Little Sir. However, he agrees to attempt it. Though facing initial resistance, Andrew wins his freedom. Sir refuses to let Andrew pay him. Andrew begins to wear clothes, and Little Sir who orders Andrew to call him George is a lawyer. He insists on dressing like a human, even though most humans refuse to accept him.
In a conversation with George, Andrew realizes he must also expand his vocabulary, and decides to go to the library. On his way, he gets lost, and stands in the middle of a field. Two humans begin to walk across the field towards him, and he asks them the way to the library. They instead harass him, and threaten to take him apart when George arrives and scares them off.
As he takes Andrew to the library, Andrew explains that he wants to write a book on the history of robots. The incident with the two humans angers Little Miss, and she forces George to go to court for robot rights. Eventually, the public opinion is turned in favor of robots, and laws are passed banning robot-harming orders. Little Miss, after the court case is won, dies.
He requests that his body be replaced by an android, so that he may better resemble a human. After Paul threatens legal action, U. Robots agrees to give Andrew an android body. However, U. Robots retaliates by creating central brains for their robots, so that no individual robot may become like Andrew. Andrew begins to design a system allowing androids to eat food like humans, solely for the purpose of becoming more like a person. Robots again, meeting with Alvin Magdescu, Director of Research.
He offers U. Robots the opportunity to market his newly designed prostheses for human use, as well as his own. He successfully has the digestive system installed in his body, and plans to create an excretory system to match.
Meanwhile, his products are successfully marketed and he becomes a highly honored inventor. As he reaches years of age, a dinner is held in his honor in which he is labeled the Sesquicentennial Robot.
Andrew is not yet satisfied, however. Andrew decides that he wants to be a man. He obtains the backing of Feingold and Martin the law firm of George and Paul and seeks out Li-Hsing, a legislator and chairman of the Science and Technology committee, hoping that the World Legislature will declare him a human being. Li-Hsing advises him that it will be a long legal battle, but he says he is willing to fight for it.
Feingold and Martin begins to slowly bring cases to court that generalize what it means to be human, hoping that despite his prosthetics, Andrew can be regarded as essentially human. Most legislators, however, are still hesitant due to his immortality. The first scene of the story is explained as Andrew seeks out a robotic surgeon to perform an ultimately fatal operation: altering his positronic brain so that it will decay with time.
He has the operation arranged so that he will live to be When he goes before the World Legislature, he reveals his sacrifice, moving them to declare him a man. As Andrew lies on his deathbed, he tries to hold onto the thought of his humanity, but as his consciousness fades his last thought is of Little Miss. It is clearly set a number of centuries prior to the events of his novella " Mother Earth " and the novel The Caves of Steel , during a period in which the Spacer worlds have yet to turn against the people of the Earth, and in which the U.
Robots corporation is still active. In The Robots of Dawn , Dr. Han Fastolfe refers to Andrew Martin as a robot that was supposed to have undergone "gradual humanization," but states that such a thing would have been impossible, because the shape of the body dictates the state of the mind.
The Bicentennial Man
Plot[ edit ] A character named Andrew Martin requests an unknown operation from a robotic surgeon. However, the robot refuses, as the operation is harmful and violates the First Law of Robotics , which says a robot may never harm a human being. Andrew, however, changes its mind, telling it that he is not a human being. The story jumps to years in the past, when a robot with a serial number beginning with "NDR" is brought to the home of Gerald Martin referred to as Sir as a robot butler. Later, Little Miss asks Andrew to carve a pendant out of wood. She shows it to her father, who initially does not believe a robot could carve so skillfully. Sir has Andrew carve more things, and even read books on woodwork.
The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories
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