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  1. Does anyone else think it’s kind of weird/lame that Cory’s using the title ‘I. Robot’? Or is it just me, and this is _actually_ a very clever angle?

    Comment by Johnny — February 17, 2006 @ 7:53 pm

  2. Well, Asimov stole it from Eando Binder, who wrote the first book called I, Robot. They stole it from I, Claudius. What makes it not-weird/not-lame for them to take it, but weird/lame for me?

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — February 17, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

  3. Nitpick: the Binders wrote a short story called “I, Robot”, not a book.

    From Asimov’s In Memory Yet Green:

    Martin Greenberg had rejected my notion of calling it Mind and Iron and suggested it be called I, Robot.
    “Impossible, Marty,” I said. “Eando Binder wrote a short story called ‘I, Robot’ back in 1938.”
    Too which Marty answered, with unassailable logic, “F–â€? Eando Binder.”

    Comment by Miche Doherty — February 17, 2006 @ 9:43 pm

  4. Actually, wasn’t I, Robot the name of one of his anthologies of robot stories?

    Comment by Michael B. Justman — February 18, 2006 @ 5:49 am

  5. Is this maybe a sly commnet on Ray Bradbury’s behaviour re: the adaptation of his title (Fahrenheit 451) in Michael Moore’s last movie? He had a fit, called Moore a “screwed asshole”, etc., although people pointed out that several of own titles were derived from other people’s works.

    Anyway, Asimov quite clearly stole his title from my series of Robot books. I stopped at 8 titles, and then Isaac stole my idea. Mine were entitled “A, Robot”, “B Robot”, “C, Robot” etc


    Comment by andrew — February 18, 2006 @ 8:41 am

  6. giving a story the same title (or a similar one) is homage, not stealing.

    Comment by south.hurst — February 13, 2007 @ 5:36 am

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