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R.U.R. - Karel Čapek, Paul Selver, Nigel Playfair
R.U.R.
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Must-read play looks to a future in which all workers are automatons. They revolt when they acquire souls (i.e., when they gain the ability to hate) and the resulting catastrophe make for a powerful theatrical experience. 
Must-read play looks to a future in which all workers are automatons. They revolt when they acquire souls (i.e., when they gain the ability to hate) and the resulting catastrophe make for a powerful theatrical experience. 
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780486419268 (0486419266)
ASIN: 486419266
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
Pages no: 58
Edition language: English
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Koolveld'sList
Koolveld'sList rated it
3.5 Rossum's Universal Robots
I just listened to an audio drama of R.U.R., Rossum's Universal Robots. It's a short stage play from 1920 and it popularized the word 'robot'. It's a story about a group of people who run a factory that produces many billions of robots, over the years, and things get a little out of control. The pre...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0 R.U.R. by Karel Čapek
bookshelves: published-1920, play-dramatisation, sci-fi, sciences, dystopian, philosophy, fraudio, satire Read in November, 2009 ** spoiler alert ** BLURB - Karel Capek’s three-act play R.U.R. or Rossum’s Universal Robots was originally staged in Prague in 1920. Once it had been translated from ...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it
3.0 R.U.R.
A fun little play about a robot revolt. I find it fascinating that the first time robots appear at all, they immediately revolt. It's a play about ideas and also a play that has an almost pulp science fiction feel. A combination of Kafka and Burroughs with some general European intellectualism th...
simmo
simmo rated it
2.0 R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) (Dover Thrift Editions)
Had to read it really - the man who introduced the term 'robot'. Apart from this (and lots of robots!) very much a play of its time - A little bit on the socialist propagandist side, A little bit sexist, and racist with it (Please, a fat, bald, short-sighted Jew who dies in a pile of money..., nice ...
rionafaith
rionafaith rated it
I don't read that many plays, but I should probably read more considering that I work in theatre. I picked this one up primarily because it's famous for coining the term "robot". The creatures in Čapek's work aren't really what we typically consider robots today, though--they're more biological than...
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