MY BOOK REPORT

Get Started. It's Free
or sign up with your email address
Rocket clouds
MY BOOK REPORT by Mind Map: MY BOOK REPORT

1. MEANING

1.1. Author's style

1.1.1. Point of view: -First person (the Journalist, for the interview) --> “I looked at my notes…” P.3 -Third person (for the short sotries) --> “Mike Donovan […] rushed down the stairs towards Greg Powell” P.7

1.1.2. Focalization: -INTERNAL FOCALIZATION (for the interview) --> The Journalist = focalizer (“I don’t think…” P.3, “I stared at Dr. Calvin with horror” P.85) -MULTIPLE FOCALIZATION (for the short stories) --> Multiple human characters point of view (“Powell felt a sudden attack of fear” P.19/ “…Susan Calvin still stared at Herbie […] and out of all her stormy thoughts came only one bitter word…”) P.57/ “Perhaps Byerly was not quite so confident that evening…”P.77)

1.1.3. Tone (mostly depending on the characters)

1.1.3.1. Serious: -Susan's reflections -moral dilemmas about robots and technology -->(“… a robot could never be cruel, stupid or unjust. It would be the perfect answer to the problems of government.” P.84)

1.1.3.2. Comic: -Funny situations and confusion -Robot’s malfunctioning -Human's struggle to fix difficult situations -->(“…’we must get rid of him somehow,’ Donovan whispered. ´Burn out his electric circuits or-‘

1.1.4. Type of language: -Formal (mostly) --> “I would like to start work. Where must I go?” P.28 -Casual/Informal (some conversations) --> “All right, you piece of metal…” P.23

1.2. Message: -The highly important place of robots in human society -The three laws of the robotics are also source of dilemmas and failures -Robots could have ethics and morality -Evolution of technology has new challenges and issues

2. THE BOOK AS AN OBJECT

2.1. Cover description

2.1.1. -Well shaped male statues on squared pedestals -Reflective floor, -Metal spheres and blue sky on the background.

2.1.1.1. Statues on pedestals = the perfection of robots and their important beyond human nature Floor and background = futuristic world, full with metal and perfect geometric figures

2.2. OUTLOOK

2.2.1. Paperback book

2.2.2. Cover: -Black background -Top center --> publisher name = Oxford Bookworms Library -Under publisher name --> book title and subtitle = I, Robot/ short stories -Middle center --> author’s name = Isaac Asimov -Bottom center --> cover illustration

2.2.3. Spine: -Black background -Spine’s top -->Old book number + Title and subtitle -Spine’s bottom --> Author’s name + New book number

2.2.4. Back cover: -Black background -Top right --> part of the cover image -Top left --> Book title and Subtitle -Middle center --> Blurb -Bottom center and bottom left --> Publisher description, logo and website -Bottom right --> Bar code

2.3. Date of publication: 1950

3. THE AUTHOR

3.1. BIOGRAPHY

3.1.1. Born on: January 2, 1920

3.1.2. Death on April 6, 1992

3.1.3. -American author -One of the biggest science fiction writers in the history of literature.

3.1.4. Remembered for: -Wrote some of the most iconic science fiction books -Create enduring science fiction concepts: the three laws of robotics, the positronic brain, even the word "robotic" itself.

3.1.5. Predilection topics: -hard science fiction --> scientifically accurate -Social science fiction --> focus on speculation about human society in the future

3.2. OTHER IMPORTANT BOOKS

3.2.1. Foundation Series

3.2.2. Galactic Empire Series

3.2.3. Robot Series

4. THE CONTENTS

4.1. Genre: Science Fiction

4.2. Plot

4.2.1. -Year 2064 -The Journalist--> interviewing Dr. Susan Calvin, -Susan = robot psychologist of US Robots= most important robot manufacturer

4.2.2. -Susan --> six short stories about robots -Anecdotes = not only lived by her but by her colleagues -Various characters and topics: rogue robots, paradoxes in the three laws of robotic, technical failures, mysteries within US Robots itself...

4.2.3. -Susan's last story --> one of the greatest misteries involving robot = a human-like was governor -Journalist's new perception about = cornerstone of society, part of human progress, leaders

4.2.4. -The Journalist --> has enough information -Susan --> has seen the birth and growth of robots --> she will see no more -Robots = increasingly advanced and hope for the safety of humanity -The Journalist --> witness the progress of humanity and its robots

4.2.5. -Susan finally dies at the age of 82

4.3. Characters

4.3.1. MAIN CHARACTERS

4.3.1.1. The Journalist: -32 years, -Has seen robots his all life ("you don't remember a world without robots" P.4) -Works for an important newspaper ("My newspaper reaches the all solar system" P.3) -A tool used to narrate the stories

4.3.1.2. Dr. Susan Calvin: -82 years, -Robot psychologist at US Robots (“the first robot psychologist" P.3) , she was -Slim and short person ("She was small and thin” P.3) -Not a sympathetic person (“Susan was a cold girl, plain and colorless, who disliked the world around her.” P.3) -Saw the robots evolution since the first ones (“I saw it from the beginning, when the poor robot couldn’t speak, to now…” P.85)

4.3.2. SECONDARY CHARACTERS

4.3.2.1. Mike Donovan: -US Robots engineer for difficult cases, -Fiery and impulsive (“I’m the one giving orders around here. Understand? Now get out! P.26) -Red haired ( "Donovan rubbed his red hair"P.8)

4.3.2.2. Greg Powell: -US Robots engineer for difficult cases -Calm and thoughtful (“We must argue with him” P.27) -He has a moustache (“Powell stared and pull his moustache" P.10)

4.3.2.3. Alfred Lanning: -Managing director at US Robots -Very old man (“Lanning is nearly seventy” P.50) -Good at math (“I’ll work on the problem mathematically” P.47)

4.3.2.4. Robots: -Different kinds and functions -Extremely advanced -Unique personalities -Programming flaws, ethical dilemmas, tendency to act outside the rules -Necessary for the security and progress of humanity

4.4. Time and Setting (source:www.shmoop.com/i-robot)

4.4.1. Time: -The Future (from Asimov’s perspective in 1950) -1998 to 2064

4.4.2. Setting: -Earth (US Robots Company and unnamed cities) -Mercury -Space (Solar Station and Research Station) -Asteroid mining station

5. MY PERSONAL OPINION

5.1. I liked: -Futuristic setting --> As a reader I like Science Fiction -Plot dealing with the use of technology and what it meant for humanity --> create interesting moral dilemmas question about morality -The robots --> different personalities and way of acting and thinking -Susan’s character --> deep personality and great knowledge and life experience

5.2. I didn’t like: -Stories aren’t deep enough --> interesting topic aren’t fully explained and analyzed -Absence of relevant human characters --> the human point of view could be more extensive and complex -Few scenes in the present --> conversations between Dr. Calvin and the Journalist are interesting but little explored

5.3. Personal recommendation: -Highly recommended -Must read for all science fiction lovers -WARNING: not understandable to all sorts of readers

6. MY WORK RESOURCES

6.1. Books: "I, Robot" by Isaac Asimov (physical and digital format)

6.2. Websites: www.shmoop.com/i-robot es.slideshare.net/moniqueneita/language-registers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Robot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov