But neither of these beliefs comes from Jasperodus but merely from outside sources. After such an inconceivable experience in the endless voids there is only one option left to him. His style is not exactly contemporary; it's a blend of 50s pulp writing and Golden Age ideas. Re-bound Ex Library book in Good Condition with usual stamps and stickers. Before his quest was done, he had died and been reborn, had fought his way from a grim dungeon to a royal throne. About this Item: Arbor House, United States, 1987. I was reminded of Vance and Lem a lot.
He does instigate certain actions, like when he commits treason and crowns himself king or foments a revolution. It needs a kick in the ass. His style is not exactly contemporary; it's a blend of 50s pulp writing and Golden Age ideas. Opening it, he walked out of their lives. Jasperodus, the robot of the title, wanders through a far-future world, looking for a soul.
Not sure if Bayley had much of a sense of humor, but if he did, he sure did a great job of keeping it out of this book. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Dustwrapper will be supplied in new protective sleeve or lyfjacket. I can safely say that 'The Soul of The Robot' is a cracking good yarn, and, surprisingly, it had little in common with the mighty canon of Asimov; which made it all the more unique. Jesperodus the titular robot is terrific existential hero, at times chilling, ruthless and sometimes quite tender and wise and always seeking answers and resolutions. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine.
Bayley's prose, while not particularly refined, is highly readable, brisk and efficient. A bunch of women from a train are kidnapped and brutally raped. Jasperodus, the only super-robot to have been granted consciousness, must decide whether to share his soul-possessing secrets with the other robots or to betray them to save mankind. But he quickly grows bored or restless with his victories and uproots himself to go wandering elsewhere. Characterization is virtually nil; it's the ideas that interest him. The tale grows darker and becomes psychologically intense as the teenaged boy wizard much handle his social life as well as the dark forces that seek to take him down! There are no women of agency like himself, no significant women with names and none who provide any impetus to the story. Bayley wherever you are, many, many thanks for the words; your writing talent was manifest in this glorious sf tome.
If this was the intent it works well, but not for those wanting a big story. That being said, one of the merits of the book is that it is consistently direct and to the point. But, having just finished the book I think I am still coming to grips with just how disappointed I was by the second half. Alone in a world that did not understand him, he tested the super powers of his mind and body. More than a machine, but less than a man, he searched restlessly for the truth. Billy sees when, how, and why he will die, resulting in his becoming fatalistic.
Additionally, the novel can be read as semi-autobiographical: Vonnegut was present during the firebombing of Dresden, a central event in the novel. Jasperodus, the only super-robot to have been granted consciousness, must decide whether to share his soul-possessing secrets with the other robots or to betray them to save mankind. J K Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter, 5 shows us how the plot begins to thicken in this renowned series. Alone in a world that did not understand him, he tested the super powers of his mind and body. In the 1960s, Bayley's short stories featured regularly in New Worlds magazine and then later in various New Worlds paperback anthologies. The dialogue is nearly completely innocuous.
Pages and cover are clean and intact. Given life by human parents, the robot Jasperodus shows his immediate ingratitude by sneering at them and walking out moments after he is activated. His furturistic adventures as warrior, tyrant, renegade and statesman eventually lead him back home to the two human beings who created him. Brought into the soul research project by force, Jasperodus faces a moral dilemma: to release his secret and bring about the final downfall of humanity to a new race of super-robots, or to keep his own kind forever from the light of consciousness. Captain Mond Aton had been proud to serve in such a fleet. The events of his journey are quite absurd but quite tragic.
Don't get me wrong, there were a lot of fun nuggets, but overall the book was weak. Was doubly keen to read this a I had never read anything by the much-lauded sf author Barrington J. And alongside this, there seems to be an undercurrent concerning human rights, particularly the tendency for humans to paint others as somehow sub-huma This was the first book I indulged into from a recent purchase of classic scifi omnibi omnibuses? Before his quest was done, he had died and been reborn, had fought his way from a grim dungeon to a royal throne. These characters are nowhere near as fascinating as Jasperodus himself who learn about this place at the same pace as This novel offers a thought provoking insight into what it means to be conscious. This one's got some cool stuff in it. Jasperodus, the hulking, bronze-black all-purpose robot they had created laughed harshly and moved across the room to the door, Opening it he walked out of their lives. Although the film did poorly in the box office, it was critically praised, winning the Prix du Jury at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.
Alone in a world that did not understand him, he tested the super powers of his mind and body. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. But Jasperodus has more private battles to fight, more secret quests to pursue. From United Kingdom to U. The greater community begins to doubt Harry and the existence of Voldemort's return, and Hogwarts is overtaken by an oppressive representative from the Ministry of Magic. Thought provoking at a number of levels, I found the story engaging but not compelling and something of a mechanism for allegory. This book really doesn't have a story arc and was kinda hard to finish.
That being said, one of the merits of the book is that it is consistently direct and to the point. I would have laid on the full five stars, but, I personally didn't groove on the ending; while certainly pat, it lacked both the risk, or giddy fortitude of the author's clearly vibrant imagination. This is easily his best novel, an inversion of the Asimovian robot story that absorbs much of Asimov's idiom and turns it into something new and different. Bayley 1937-2008 was born in Birmingham and began writing science fiction in his early teens. From United Kingdom to U. Jasperodus, the only super-robot to have been granted consciousness, must decide whether to share his soul-possessing secrets with the other robots or to betray them to save mankind.