Robot Dreams

Robot Dreams (1986) is a collection of science fiction short stories by American writer Isaac Asimov, illustrated by Ralph McQuarrie. The title story is about Susan Calvin's discovery of a robot with rather disturbing dreams. It was written specifically for this volume[1] and inspired by the McQuarrie cover illustration.[1] All of the other stories had previously appeared in various other Asimov collections. Four of the stories are robot stories, while five are Multivac stories.

Robot Dreams
First edition
AuthorIsaac Asimov
Cover artistRalph McQuarrie
CountryUnited States
SeriesRobot series
GenreScience fiction
Publication date
November 1986
Media typePrint
Preceded byThe Complete Robot 
Followed byRobot Visions 

The companion book, which also showcases McQuarrie's illustrations (and includes Asimov essays in addition to short stories), is titled Robot Visions.


It contains a foreword by Asimov as well as the following stories:

  1. "Little Lost Robot" (1947)
  2. "Robot Dreams" (1986)
  3. "Breeds There a Man...?" (1951)
  4. "Hostess" (1951)
  5. "Sally" (1953)
  6. "Strikebreaker" (1957)
  7. "The Machine that Won the War" (1961)
  8. "Eyes Do More Than See" (1965)
  9. "The Martian Way" (1952)
  10. "Franchise" (1955)
  11. "Jokester" (1956)
  12. "The Last Question" (1956)
  13. "Does a Bee Care?" (1957)
  14. "Light Verse" (1973)
  15. "The Feeling of Power" (1958)
  16. "Spell My Name with an S" (1958)
  17. "The Ugly Little Boy" (1958)
  18. "The Billiard Ball" (1967)
  19. "True Love" (1977)
  20. "The Last Answer" (1980)
  21. "Lest We Remember" (1982)


Dave Langford reviewed Robot Dreams for White Dwarf #90, and stated that "The title story is new and quite good; the rest is familiar Asimovian reprint material."[2]


  1. ^ a b Asimov, Isaac. Robot Dreams. Ace, 1990, page xvi
  2. ^ Langford, Dave (June 1987). "Critical Mass". White Dwarf. Games Workshop (Issue 90): 19.

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