in reply to Was Stephen Byerley a robot?

Asimov made such an interesting examination of the age old question: 'What is the difference... and do we trust those who we perceive as different?'

He managed to tackle this question (which is often racially based and awkward even when not intentionally offensive) by creating a new race and making that race just different enough to allow dialog about the question while isolating it from the awkwardness. And he managed to do so while maintaining a plot which was entertaining!

I read 'I Robot' and many others by Asimov in Jr. High, and at 49 years old, am still impacted by his ability to provide thought provoking entertainment.

Was the character a robot? I don't know, but he was stubborn enough to be human... which is close enough for me regardless of the chemical makeup and mechanical components... :-) ..would I have voted for him though...?

  • ...the majority is always wrong, and always the last to know about it...
  • The Spice must flow...
  • my will, and by will alone.. I set my mind in motion