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Rossum's Universal Robots

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Seen as a precursor to works such as Huxley's Brave New World, this true classic of the dystopian genre remains all too resonant in today's political climate

Determined to liberate the mass-produced but highly intelligent robots forged in the machinery of Rossum's island factory, Helena Glory arrives in a blaze of righteousness only to find herself perplexed and set aback by the robots' seeming humanity but absolute lack of sentience. To further complicate ...

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Overview

Seen as a precursor to works such as Huxley's Brave New World, this true classic of the dystopian genre remains all too resonant in today's political climate

Determined to liberate the mass-produced but highly intelligent robots forged in the machinery of Rossum's island factory, Helena Glory arrives in a blaze of righteousness only to find herself perplexed and set aback by the robots' seeming humanity but absolute lack of sentience. To further complicate matters, she soon deserts her strident campaigning and falls in love with Domin, the factory's general manager. Their life together appears to become comfortable, but all is not as it seems—the tide is turning against the humans, and it's only a matter of time before chaos breaks out on the island. Drawing huge international attention following its original publication in 1921, Rossum's Universal Robots was a strikingly prescient meditation on the themes of humanity and subjugation that were to dominate the 20th century. This work is also famed as being the first ever use of the word "robot."

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Editorial Reviews

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"There was no writer like him . . . prophetic assurance mixed with surrealistic humor and hard-edged social satire: a unique combination."  —Arthur Miller, author, The Crucible

"A bracing parody of totalitarianism and technological overkill, one of the most amusing and provocative books in its genre."  —Philadelphia Inquirer on War With the Newts

"Masterpieces of moral irony."  —Booklist starred review on Apocryphal Tales

"Capek's delightfully inventive tales . . . stretch the detective story to its limits and, in the process, tell us much about the mysteries of human existence."  —The New York Times Book Review on Tales from Two Pockets

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843914594
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Modern Voices
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 1,389,974
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Karel Capek (1890–1938) was one of the most influential Czech writers of the 20th century. He is the author of The Absolute at Large, Apocryphal Tales, The Gardener's Year, Tales from Two Pockets, and War With the Newts, among others. Arthur Miller (1915–2005) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and essayist. A major figure in American theater, his plays include The Crucible and Death of a Salesman

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