Isaac Asimov
Fiction Writer, Essayist
Janet Asimov (wife)
Known For

I, Robot

January 2, 1920
April 6, 1992

Isaac Asimov was an American writer, best known for his science fiction works. He also wrote a number of non-fiction books on a number of subjects including physics, chemistry, the Bible, and Shakespeare. He was born in Russia and moved to America at an early age.

Three Laws of RoboticsEdit

Asimov is famous for his creation of the Three Laws of Robotics (as well as coining the term "robotics"). They are unbreakable rules built into his robots' positronic brains that govern their behavior. They are:

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

He later added a "Zeroth" Law that would supersede the previous three.

0. A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.

Selected BibliographyEdit

  • Foundation Series
  • Galactic Empire Series
  • The Robot Series
  • I, Robot
  • Nightfall with Robert Silverberg

Connection to the Dark Tower SeriesEdit

In The Dark Tower Series, the company, North Central Positronics, creates a line of robots that they call Asimov Robots. The Asimov Robots shared the positronic brain that Asimov described in his novels. Though, North Central's robots lacked the Three Laws and could harm people. The Crimson King took advantage of this by having Andy spy on the people of Calla Bryn Sturgis and help the Wolves kidnap their children.

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