Isaac Asimov – Robbie (1940)

Written in 1939, Isaac Asimov’s Robbie was first published in the September 1940 issue of Super Science Stories magazine as Strange Playfellow.

The version reviewed on the Short Science Fiction Review is the first story in Isaac Asimov’s collection of robot stories, I, Robot (1950).

Robbie tells the story of a young girl with a robot nursemaid and centres around the theme of technophobia.

Have you read this story? What did you think?

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Introducing the Short Science Fiction Review.

The Short Science Fiction Review is a podcast dedicated to providing short reviews of short science fiction stories.

I will review short stories and novellas by a diverse range of authors, from the earliest scientific romance tales to new voices in the genre.

The authors covered will reflect my own tastes. I enjoy science fiction works that are thought-provoking, mind-bending, political, satirical, or explore an interesting idea, concept or piece of technology.

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