The Complete Robot (1982) is a collection of 31 of the 37 science fiction short stories about robots by American writer Isaac Asimov, written between 1939 and 1977.[1] Most of the stories had been previously collected in the books I, Robot and The Rest of the Robots, while four had previously been uncollected and the rest had been scattered across five other anthologies. They share a theme of the interaction of humans, robots and morality, and put together tell a larger story of Asimov's fictional history of robotics. The stories are grouped into categories.

The Complete Robot
First edition
AuthorIsaac Asimov
Cover artistKiyoshi Kanai
SeriesRobot series
Genrescience fiction
Publication date
Publication placeUnited States
Media typeprint
Preceded byI, Robot 
Followed byRobot Dreams 



Stories not involving the Three Laws of Robotics


Stories that are about Asimov's positronic robots that do not obey the Three Laws of Robotics are:

  • "Let's Get Together" robots are used as parts of a bomb that will explode when they get together.
  • In "Someday" there are non-positronic computers which tell stories and do not obey the Three Laws.
  • In "Sally" there are positronic brain cars who can damage men or disobey without problems. No other kinds of robots are seen, and there is no mention of the Three Laws.
  • In ". . . That Thou Art Mindful of Him" robots are created with a very flexible Three Laws management, and these create little, simplified robots with no laws that actually act against the Three Laws of Robotics.

Robot stories not included


This collection includes most of Asimov's robot short stories. Missing ones were either written after its publication, or formed the text connecting the stories in I, Robot.

The six Asimov robot short stories not included in this book are:


  1. ^ Introduction, The Complete Robot, Isaac Asimov
Preceded by Robot series
Foundation Series
Succeeded by