R.U.R.: Large PrintBy Karel CapekDomin: Yes. All of a sudden, for no reason, a leg or an arm would break. This planet just seems too small for monsters like that. So now we just make them normal size and normal proportions.Helena: I saw my first robot in our village. They'd bought him so that... that's to say they'd employed him to...Domin: Bought it, Miss Glory. Robots are bought and sold.Helena:... they'd obtained him to work as a road sweeper. I watched him working . He was strange. So quiet.
Originally produced on Broadway by The Theatre Guild, R. U. R. is now considered a classic of science fiction. Credited with introducing the word “robot” into the English language, the play is a dramatic and fascinating look into the lives of the scientists who invite and manufacture a working class of robots. Over time, the robots develop beyond the expectations of the scientists and acquire human feelings. They start a revolt, taking over the world, until every human, but one, is extinct.
R.U.R' is the play that introduced the word 'robot' to the modern world, and many of the themes and questions raised by this production would go on to become staples of science fiction for the next century. Set in a factory that creates Roboti to sell to the world as servants, all seems well at first but these new creations can think, feel and act as freely as humans, this soon creates problems that will be all to familiar to any comic reader or film fan. A true classic of the sci-fi genre.
'It is time to read Capek again for his insouciant laughter, and the anguish of human blindness that lies beneath it' -- Arthur Miller R.U.R.--written in 1920, premiered in Prague in 1921, and first performed in New York in 1922--garnered worldwide acclaim for its author and popularized the word robot. Mass-produced as efficient laborers to serve man, Capek's Robots are an android product--they remember everything but think of nothing new. But the Utopian life they provide ultimately lacks meaning, and the humans they serve stop reproducing. When the Robots revolt, killing all but one of their masters, they must strain to learn the secret of self-duplication. It is not until two Robots fall in love and are christened 'Adam' and 'Eve' by the last surviving human that Nature emerges triumphant. Introduction by Ivan Klima
"Two stage plays, translated from the Czech, both originally published in 1920. R.U.R is an early science fiction play about the Robots, created by scientists, revolting and taking over the world. The word Robot first appeared in this work and was since adopted universally. The robber is a romantic comedy/drama, about a young adventurer infatuating an elderly professor's daughter and taking over all his possessions. The play is set in a small Bohemian village."--Provided by publisher.
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