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Monday, 1 April 2019

Book Of The Month - Rossum's Universal Robots

It's the first Monday in April and we're starting a new feature here on the Space Pilot Blog. Each month, on the first Monday, I'll post an eBook here that we can all read together over the following weeks. It will be a public domain story that you can share with your friends and be an early example of a popular Science Fiction trope.
Over the Summer, I'll post a few lunar voyages as we commemorate 50 years since the first people walked on the Moon, but this month we have the first ever story about robots.
"Rossum's Universal Robots" is a play by Karel ─łapek, which was written in 1921. So, be warned, that there are attitudes that were common in that era between the world wars that are unacceptable now. The description of Mr Busman jars with my sensibilities every time I see it. However, this story is an important part of science fiction history, and it addresses a number of social issues of its day through the science fiction concept of a company that makes artificial people.
Click on this link to download an ePub version of the book.
 If you don't have a reader for ePub files, never fear. Linux users probably have FBReader in their distribution but you can also get it here, where it is available for just about every computer system, phone and other device too. Also, there is an Adobe reader for Windows, Mac, IOS devices and Android called Digital Editions that you can get here. iPad users can read the file in iBooks.
I hope enough readers will visit this post and read the book, so that our comments feed can help us explore this area of science fiction. So don't be shy. Share this with your friends and make some comments below. And maybe I'll post some illustrations there too.

The Book of the Month comes to you with the invaluable assistance of  Project Gutenberg. You can read the eBook with FBReader on just about anything.

2 comments:

Space Pilot said...

Just looking at the character list for R.U.R. and I wonder how I would represent them in a comic adaptation.

What do you think of these folk?

CHARACTERS (in order of appearance)
Harry Domin, General Manager of Rossum’s Universal Robots
Basil Sydney
Sulla, a Robotess
Mary Bonestell
Marius, a Robot
Myrtland LaVarre
Helena Glory
Kathlene MacDonell
Dr. Gall, head of the Physiological and Experimental Department of R. U. R.
William Devereaux
Mr. Fabry, Engineer General, Technical Controller of R. U. R.
John Anthony
Dr. Hallemeier, head of the Institute for Psychological Training of Robots
Moffat Johnston
Mr. Alquist, Architect, head of the Works Department of R. U. R.
Louis Calvert
Consul Busman, General Manager of R. U. R.
Henry Travers
Nana
Helen Westly
Radius, a Robot
John Rutherford
Helena, a Robotess
Mary Hone
Primus, a Robot
John Roche
A Servant
Frederick Mark
First Robot
Domis Plugge
Second Robot
Richard Coolidge
Third Robot
Bernard Savage

afford traveling said...

There are a lot of fans of such reading. I think each author has his own grateful readers who will read science fiction with impatience and great interest. Thanks for the links.