Great play, that introduced the word "robot" into English, looks to a future in which all workers are automatons. Their revolt when they acquire souls (i.e., when they gain the ability to hate) and the resulting catastrophe make for a powerful and deeply moving theatrical experience. "It is murderous social satire, done in terms of the most hair-raising melodrama." — Alexander Woolcott. "As awe-inspiring as anything we have ever seen in the theatre." — Heywood Broun. Paul Selver translation.
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Review: RURUser Review - Austin Wright - Goodreads
According to the God-Emperors at Wikipedia: Isaac Asimov, author of theRobotseriesof books and creator of theThree Laws of Robotics, stated: "Capek's play is, in my own opinion, a terribly bad one ... Read full review
Review: RURUser Review - Bob J - Goodreads
Very wordy, as political satires of the time tended to be, but fascinating in what it covers. Great to see that this 1920 first appearance of robots is also the first appearance of the genocidal robot ... Read full review