I, Robot - To Protect

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I, Robot - To Protect

"I, Robot: to protect" by Mickey Zucker Reichert is written using the famous Asimov works as a framework. Dr. Reichert reminds the reader of the three laws of robotics as she weaves a mesmerizing tale of a first-year resident who navigates the pitfalls of her posting at a prestigious hospital. Dr. Susan Calvin is a newly-minted physician who has elected to use her considerable talents to study and practice in the field of psychiatry. Her first rotation is on pediatric inpatient psychiatry and she and her fellow residents learn to apply their theoretical knowledge to actual cases of troubled children. The hospital itself seems to be a center of controversy, not least of which is due to its utilization of a very humanistic robot designated as N8-C who uses the name Nate. Susan delves into both the intricacies of discovering the causes for her patient's conditions and the capabilities of robots and nanotechnology. An inauspicious beginning with an arrogant neurosurgery resident mellows into a promising relationship but unfortunately Susan's brilliant and intuitive successes are soon mitigated by less sanguine results which may affect both her private and professional relationships. External forces with their own agenda threaten to derail any progress that the ethical U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men, Inc. attempt to achieve and Dr. Susan Calvin is at the eye of the escalating conflict.

An excellent homage to a milestone work in science fiction history. The first of a trilogy, this work provides an intriguing introduction to new permutations on the three laws of robotics. There are a few inconsistencies (one would hope there are advances in inhalant anesthetics and psychiatric drugs in the next twenty or so years and the results of the final conflict seem a little understated) but the story depicts fascinating melds between realistic medical conditions, psychiatric treatments and speculations about the enhancements that could be achieved with robotic technology. An enthralling description of various syndromes and the remarkable scheme of detective work that must be combined with an exhaustive knowledge of medical conditions that is required for successful treatment of many of the less common mental disease states. An intriguing read that makes one anxious for the next book in the series.

Book Blurb for I, Robot - To Protect

First in an all-new trilogy inspired by Isaac Asimov's legendary science fiction collection I, Robot.

2035: Susan Calvin is beginning her residency at a Manhattan teaching hospital, where a select group of patients is receiving the latest in diagnostic advancements: tiny nanobots, injected into the spinal fluid, that can unlock and map the human mind.

Soon, Susan begins to notice an ominous chain of events surrounding the patients. When she tries to alert her superiors, she is ignored by those who want to keep the project far from any scrutiny for the sake of their own agenda. But what no one knows is that the very technology to which they have given life is now under the control of those who seek to spread only death...

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2011 4.50