It has been 59 years since the original publication of I, Robot, Isaac Asimov's collection of nine short stories about a future in which man lives along side robots. His stories have spawned a handful of stand-alone TV show episodes, popping up in sci-fi anthology shows like "Out of this World", "Out of the Unknown" and "The Outer Limits", though the most visible screen adaptation is obviously the big-budget blockbuster I, Robot, starring Will Smith as a police officer investigating a murder at the largest robotics manufacturer in the world.

While the film may have its flashy moments (I'd say thanks to Alex Proyas at the helm), it is largely regarded as being a terribly unfaithful adaptation of the ideas in Asimov's original series. The Three Laws of Robotics are there, and it has a few of the author's mainstay characters, but overall it lacked any meaningful connection to the original material. So if you thought Smith's I, Robot was a desecration of the original material, I'm very curious to know what you think about the estate of Isaac Asimov authorizing three new entries to the I, Robot pantheon.

Fantasy author Mickey Zucker Reichert (best known for his Renshai series of novels about Norse mythology) will be the man taking up writing duties. There's not a whole lot known about the specific plots, except that the first book will be called Robots and Chaos (which sounds like the TV Guide description for every other Syfy channel movie), robopsychologist Dr. Susan Calvin will once again be the main character, and that this time around things will be "a blend of sci-fi and medical thriller like Michael Crichton's Andromeda Strain" with Calvin "in a high-stakes, suspenseful chase to save society as we know it".
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