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'Nature has found only one method of organising living matter. There is, however, another method more simple, flexible and rapid, which has not yet occurred to Nature at all...' With a star cast including Simon Ward as Domain, Tessa Peake-Jones as Helena and Nigel Anthony as Dr Gall, this thrilling, thought-provoking drama is based on Capek's 1920 play which introduced the word 'robot' (from the Czech for 'drudge') to the English language. Fired by a passionate enthusiasm to improve on Nature, old Rossum spends a decade trying to create humans. The experiments fail, until Rossum's engineer nephew takes over and manages to invent artificial beings. Intelligent machines, with no emotions and no souls, these 'robots' make perfect workers. When Harry Domain, general manager of Rossum's Universal Robots, has a visit from Helena Glory, he is only too pleased to agree to her request for a tour of the factory. But Helena is horrified and moved to pity by what she sees, and persuades Dr Gall to instil consciousness into certain robots - with catastrophic results... This CD release also includes an introductory sleeve note recounting the making of the radio adaptation, written by Andrew Pixley. 2 CDs. 1 hr 30 mins.Biographie de l'auteur :
Karel Capek was a Czech writer who is best known for his 1920 play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots). The play was Capek's first international success, introduced the word 'robot' to the English language and was one of the works that pioneered the theme of robots in fiction. The idea of artificial intelligence and what it means to be human became a popular one in future science fiction tales such as Asimov's I, Robot and Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Capek also wrote many other works of fiction and non-fiction, including detective stories, fairytales and travel books. His most important works, such as The Tales from Two Pockets and the trilogy Hordubal, Meteor and An Ordinary Life, deal with epistemology (the study of knowledge). A fervent anti-fascist and anti-communist, Capek campaigned for freedom of expression and was a member of the International PEN Club. He died of double pneumonia on Christmas Day 1938, aged 48.
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Description du livre Pocket, 1973. Paperback. État : New. First. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0671466054