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  1. Just a coment on Bradbury; with respect. The guy has written some of the most wonderful and poetic stories of the XX century. Touched millions of people. Is an example of how to live life to the fullest by pursuing and working on the things that make us happy. Even designed a ride gor Walt Disney for jebus sake! And he made a mistake last year for attacking M. Moore. Fine, he was wrong. You know it and I know it. But the guy's human, and 85 to boot. I think he has earned the right to slip up once in a while.

    So couldn't you ease up on him a bit? I think your remix idea is wonderful (and will buy the eventual book collection if if you publish it) But every time you stick it to Bradbury in Boing Boing or here it makes me cringe (I love the dear man, what can I say). I respectfully think that your work will be better if you frame it in a constructive context, not just as a destructive, punk kid's way of showing the man.

    Comment by Patricio López — April 16, 2005 @ 4:24 pm

  2. Just a coment on Bradbury; with respect. The guy has written some of the most wonderful and poetic stories of the XX century. Touched millions of people. Is an example of how to live life to the fullest by pursuing and working on the things that make us happy. Even designed a ride gor Walt Disney for jebus sake! And he made a mistake last year for attacking M. Moore. Fine, he was wrong. You know it and I know it. But the guy's human, and 85 to boot. I think he has earned the right to slip up once in a while.

    So couldn't you ease up on him a bit? I think your remix idea is wonderful (and will buy the eventual book collection if if you publish it) But every time you stick it to Bradbury in Boing Boing or here it makes me cringe (I love the dear man, what can I say). I respectfully think that your work will be better if you frame it in a constructive context, not just as a destructive, punk kid's way of showing the man.

    Comment by Patricio López — April 16, 2005 @ 4:24 pm

  3. I don't think I follow you, Patricio. The impetus for the series of stories is the impetus for the stories -- should I tell people otherwise?

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — April 16, 2005 @ 8:30 pm

  4. With this my remark I am probably hopelessly late, but better than never. In 1939 E. Binder wrote a short story named "I, robot". Asimov's book is from 1950. Both Campbell and Asimov knew the Binder's story, yet did not hesitate to use a good title again. No problems followed.

    Comment by Pavol Hvizdos — September 28, 2005 @ 9:24 am

  5. Triple score on the Locus recommended reading list!

    I've made Locus's recommended reading list for 2005 in three different categories. I've score a recommendation for best novel for Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, for best novella for Human Readable, and for best novelette for I, Robot....

    Trackback by Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town — January 28, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

  6. Locus Awards Ballot is online

    The Locus Awards ballot is online, where science fiction fans can vote on their favorite works of 2005. I'm proud to report that I'm eligible in three categories: Best Fantasy Novel (Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town), Best Novella (Human Read...

    Trackback by Boing Boing — February 5, 2006 @ 6:12 am

  7. Seems I can't do it -- wait for each podcast reading of the stories. I managed to wait for part 3 today, and then was too deep in the story I ended up going to this site and reading the rest on my own.

    Great work Cory!

    BTW: I hear you might be in Canada later this year talking to the AGM of the self-named "Creators Rights Alliance". It will be interesting to see how some of these more traditional thinkers take to some of the modern ideas you will bring. I have had some of my own discussions over the years with some CRA members.

    I expect there will be more than a few "Social Harmony" agent types there promoting their organizational support for the 1996 WIPO treaties, broadcast treaties, and "broadcast flag" type regulations ;-)

    Comment by Russell McOrmond — February 21, 2006 @ 9:01 pm

  8. your story down and out in the magic kingdom also endorses a totaleterian system albeit in a roundabout way.

    If a persons actions are judged and rewarded solely on the basis of a common consensus, of what is cool/acceptable/respectable rather than on their own merits. Then inevitably people become slaves to mediocrity.

    Comment by j_aubrey — June 19, 2006 @ 5:16 am

  9. I know I am responding to very old comments here, but...

    First of all, the title of I, Robot is a direct response to the kind of thinking displayed in Asimov's original work; wherein it was postulated that the only way to have a society with active robots in it was to have very strict limits on what robots were allowed to do. I think what Cory is trying to say with this title and the story in general is that that kind of thinking needs to be re-examined in light of how just how much technology is changing our everyday lives and exactly how much the governments and corporations would like to tell us how we can or cannot utilize our own property.

    And in response to j_aubrey's comment regarding "Down and Out..." I have to disagree. I don't think the "regard economics" in that book woudl encourage mediocrity any more than our current economic system does, and probably quite a bit less. Nowadays, most have to bow to a certain level of mediocrity in our lives just to earn the basics of survival - food, shelter, etc. With all of that taken care of, we can be more daring. Besides which, the system in that book clearly rewards innovation, hard work, and generosity. In such a system, many people would settle for mediocrity, and why not? But I don't think it would be inevitable for everyone.

    Comment by Cory Stanish — March 28, 2007 @ 11:58 am

  10. Hey, part 5 of the podcast doesn't seem to be functioning.

    Comment by jake — August 10, 2007 @ 12:35 am

  11. Wow. Just finished reading "I, Robot" & I reckon that'd make a way better film than that travesty Will Smith was in. Seriously cool story.

    Comment by Matt Moran — January 19, 2010 @ 12:59 am

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