Title: Runaround

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Title: Runaround Title Record # 44191
Author: Isaac Asimov
Date: 1942-03-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: novelette
Series: Mike Donovan
Webpages: Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Note: First ever usage of the word "robotics" and explicit formulation of all Three Laws.
Synopsis: Robot SPD-13 or "Speedy" sent for liquid selenium on Mercury gets stuck (actually running "drunkenly" in a circle and babbling nonsense) between the vague command and the danger the pool seems to pose for him; Powell must risk his life in direct sunshine to end the impasse by invoking the First Law.
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Translations
Year Language Title
1952 German Herumtreiber
1952 German Ich, der Robot (2)
1952 German Runaround
1956 Spanish Sentido giratorio
1963 Japanese 堂々めぐり? [as by アイザック・アシモフ?]
1966 Dutch Dronken Robot
1966 Hungarian Körbe-körbe?
1967 Romanian Fuga în cerc
1967 French Cycle fermé
1973 Italian Girotondo
2003 Italian Circolo vizioso

Awards

Place Year and Award Category
Finalists 2018 Retro Hugo Best Short Story

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog# Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Astounding Science-Fiction, March 1942 1942-03-00 ed. John W. Campbell, Jr. Street & Smith Publications, Inc.   $0.25 132 bedsheet? mag Hubert Rogers Checkmark
I, Robot 1950-00-00 Isaac Asimov Gnome Press   $2.50 253 hc? coll Edd Cartier Checkmark
I, Robot 1950-00-00 Isaac Asimov Gnome Press   $2.50 253 tp? coll Edd Cartier  
I, Robot 1952-00-00 Isaac Asimov Grosset & Dunlap (Science Fiction Classics (G&D))   $1.00 253 hc? coll Edd Cartier  
I, Robot 1952-00-00 Isaac Asimov Grayson & Grayson   8/6 224 hc? coll Checkmark
Ich, der Robot 1952-00-00 Isaac Asimov Rauch (Rauchs Weltraum-Bücher #4) 4 DM 10.80 242 hc? coll Helmessen  
Ich, der Robot 1952-00-00 Isaac Asimov Rauch (Rauchs Weltraum-Bücher #4) 4 DM 8.80 242 tp? coll Helmessen  
I, Robot 1954-03-00 Isaac Asimov The Science Fiction Book Club (UK) 7 6/- 224 hc? coll C. W. Bacon  
Yo, Robot 1956-00-00 Isaac Asimov E.D.H.A.S.A. (Nebulae #17) 17   261 pb? coll  
I, Robot 1956-03-00 Isaac Asimov Signet / New American Library S1282 $0.35 192 pb? coll Robert E. Schulz Checkmark
I, Robot 1958-00-00 Isaac Asimov Digit Books D164 2/- 158 pb? coll  
Ich, der Robot 1958-00-00 Isaac Asimov Weiss (Utopische Taschenbücher)   DM 1.95 188 pb? coll Bernhard Borchert Checkmark
I, Robot 1961-01-00 Isaac Asimov Signet S1885 $0.35 192 pb? coll Checkmark
I, Robot 1963-00-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday   $3.50 218 hc? coll Johannes Regn  
The Coming of the Robots 1963-02-00 ed. Sam Moskowitz Collier Books AS 548 $0.95 254 pb? anth Checkmark
I, Robot 1963-08-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday / SFBC   $1.20 218 hc? coll Johannes Regn Checkmark
われはロボット? 1963-09-00 アイザック・アシモフ? 早川書房? (ハヤカワ・SF・シリーズ? #3054)     270 tp? coll  
I, Robot 1964-04-00 Isaac Asimov Signet / New American Library D2458 $0.50 192 pb? coll Checkmark
The Coming of the Robots 1966-00-00 ed. Sam Moskowitz Collier Books 02303 $0.95 254+
[2]
pb? anth Don Ivan Punchatz Checkmark
Ik, Robot 1966-00-00 Isaac Asimov Het Spectrum (Prisma #1188) 1188 ƒ1.75 192 pb? coll Checkmark
I, Robot 1966-03-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday   $ 218 hc? coll Johannes Regn Checkmark
I, Robot 1967-00-00 Isaac Asimov Dennis Dobson 0-234-77007-4 21/- 218 hc? coll Richard Weaver Checkmark
Eu, robotul 1967-00-00 Isaac Asimov Editura Tineretului (Colecția SF (2nd series)?)     280 unknown? coll Henry Mavrodin  
Le livre des robots 1967-01-08 Isaac Asimov OPTA (Club du Livre d'Anticipation #7)     xii+
443
hc? coll Checkmark
The Coming of the Robots 1968-00-00 ed. Sam Moskowitz Collier Books 02303 $0.95 254 pb? anth Don Punchatz Checkmark
I, Robot 1968-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther 025324 5/- 206 pb? coll Dennis Rolfe Checkmark
I, Robot 1968-07-00 Isaac Asimov Signet / New American Library of Canada P3540 C$0.60 192 pb? coll Sanford Kossin Checkmark
I, Robot 1969-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther 025324 5/- 206 pb? coll Dennis Rolfe  
Ik, Robot 1969-00-00 Isaac Asimov Het Spectrum (Prisma #1188) 1188   192 pb? coll  
I, Robot 1970-08-00 Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest T1453 $0.75 192 pb? coll John Berkey Checkmark
Ich, der Robot 1970-11-00 Isaac Asimov Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3217) 3217 DM 2.80 173 pb? coll Paul Lehr Checkmark
I, Robot 1971-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther 025324 Ł0.30 206 pb? coll Dennis Rolfe Checkmark
Les robots 1972-00-00 Isaac Asimov J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #453)     370 pb? coll Françoise Boudignon Checkmark
Les robots 1973-00-00 Isaac Asimov J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #453)     370 pb? coll Françoise Boudignon Checkmark
Io, Robot 1973-01-16 Isaac Asimov Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Oscar #434) 10708 750 Lit 254 pb? coll Karel Thole  
As Tomorrow Becomes Today 1974-00-00 ed. Charles W. Sullivan Prentice-Hall 0-13-050021-6 $4.95 xv+
456
tp? anth  
As Tomorrow Becomes Today 1974-00-00 ed. Charles W. Sullivan Prentice-Hall 0-13-050039-9 $7.95 xv+
456
hc? anth  
Ik, Robot 1974-00-00 Isaac Asimov Het Spectrum (Prisma #1188) 90-274-0225-6 / 1188   192 pb? coll  
I, Robot 1975-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther 0-586-02532-4 Ł0.40 206 pb? coll Dennis Rolfe Checkmark
Les robots 1976-02-20 Isaac Asimov J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #453)     370 pb? coll Siudmak Checkmark
I, Robot 1977-04-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday / SFBC 1843   218 hc? coll Johannes Regn Checkmark
I, Robot 1977-06-00 Isaac Asimov Panther 0-586-02532-4 Ł0.60 206 pb? coll  
Les robots 1977-12-15 Isaac Asimov J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #453) 2-277-11453-7   370 pb? coll Siudmak Checkmark
Ich, der Robot 1978-00-00 Isaac Asimov Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3217) 3-453-30107-2 / 3217 DM 3.80 173 pb? coll Paul Lehr Checkmark
I, Robot 1980-00-00 Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest 0-449-23949-7 $2.25 192 pb? coll John Berkey Checkmark
I, Robot 1981-00-00 Isaac Asimov Granada 0-586-02532-4 Ł1.25 206 pb? coll Dennis Rolfe Checkmark
Meine Freunde, die Roboter 1982-00-00 Isaac Asimov Heyne (Bibliothek der Science Fiction Literatur #20) 3-453-30853-0 DM 9.80 798 pb? omni Chris Moore Checkmark
The Complete Robot 1982-04-09 Isaac Asimov Doubleday 0-385-17724-0 $19.95 xiv+
557+
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hc? coll Kiyoshi Kanai Checkmark
The Complete Robot 1982-07-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday / SFBC 5134 $6.98 557 hc? coll Kiyoshi Kanai Checkmark
Alle Roboter-Geschichten 1982-09-00 Isaac Asimov Bastei Lübbe (Bastei Lübbe Paperback #28101) 3-404-28101-2 DM 19.80 541 tp? coll Three Lions  
Les robots 1982-09-30 Isaac Asimov J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #453) 2-277-12453-2   370 pb? coll Chris Foss Checkmark
The Robot Collection 1983-00-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday 0-385-19152-9 $15.95 510 +
404
hc? omni Checkmark
Hallucination Orbit: Psychology in Science Fiction 1983-03-14 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Farrar, Straus and Giroux 0-374-32835-8 $12.95 279 hc? anth Christopher Burg Checkmark
I, Robot 1983-12-00 Isaac Asimov Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-31482-4 $2.75 192 pb? coll Don Dixon  
I, Robot 1983-12-00 Isaac Asimov Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-31482-4 C$3.50 192 pb? coll Don Dixon Checkmark
The Complete Robot 1984-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther 0-586-05724-2 Ł2.95 682 pb? coll Chris Foss Checkmark
I, Robot 1984-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther / Granada 0-586-02532-4 Ł1.95 206 pb? coll Dennis Rolfe Checkmark
Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots and Computers 1984-00-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Patricia S. Warrick, Martin H. Greenberg Allen Lane 0-7139-1685-0 Ł10.95 627 hc? anth Peter Gudynas Checkmark
De Totale Robot 1984-00-00 Isaac Asimov Bruna 90-229-7857-5   524 tp? coll Karel Thole Checkmark
Ik, Robot 1984-00-00 Isaac Asimov Het Spectrum (Prisma Science Fiction Classics #2216) 90-274-1356-8 / 2216 ƒ9.90 192 pb? coll  
Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots and Computers 1984-01-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Patricia S. Warrick, Martin H. Greenberg Holt, Rinehart and Winston 0-03-061498-8 $22.95 627 hc? anth Richard Mantel Checkmark
I, Robot 1984-07-00 Isaac Asimov Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-32140-5 $2.95 192 pb? coll Don Dixon Checkmark
Les robots 1984-10-30 Isaac Asimov J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #453) 2-277-13453-8   370 pb? coll Philippe Caza Checkmark
I, Robot 1984-11-00 Isaac Asimov Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-32140-5 $2.95 192 pb? coll  
Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots and Computers 1985-00-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Patricia S. Warrick, Martin H. Greenberg Penguin Books 0-14-007194-6   626 tp? anth Peter Goodfellow  
Robur 8 1985-00-00 ed. Kuczka Péter, Rigó Béla Móra Ferenc Ifjúsági Könyvkiadó? 963-11-4145-4 Ft 24 96 pb? anth Zórád Ernő? Checkmark
Orbite hallucination 1985-05-13 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Londreys 2-904184-19-8 F75.00 255 tp? anth Christopher Burg Checkmark
I, Robot 1985-07-00 Isaac Asimov Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-33139-7 $3.50 192 pb? coll Don Dixon Checkmark
I, Robot 1985-08-12 Isaac Asimov Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-33139-7 $3.95 192 pb? coll  
The Complete Robot 1986-00-00 Isaac Asimov Grafton 0-586-05724-2 Ł3.50 682 pb? coll Chris Foss Checkmark
The Complete Robot 1988-00-00 Isaac Asimov Grafton 0-586-05724-2 Ł3.95 688 pb? coll  
The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov 1989-05-00 Isaac Asimov Dark Harvest 0-913165-44-1 $21.95 678 hc? coll Ron Lindahn , Val Lakey Lindahn  
The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov 1989-05-00 Isaac Asimov Dark Harvest 0-913165-43-3 $49.00 678 hc? coll Ron Lindahn , Val Lakey Lindahn  
Robot Visions 1990-04-00 Isaac Asimov Roc 0-451-45000-0 $18.95 x+
482
hc? coll Ralph McQuarrie Checkmark
The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov: Volume One 1990-07-00 Isaac Asimov Ace Books 0-441-00011-8 $3.95 182 pb? coll Bob Eggleton  
Robot Visions 1990-09-00 Isaac Asimov Gollancz 0-575-04841-7 Ł12.95 383 hc? coll Ralph McQuarrie  
Robot Visions 1991-00-00 Isaac Asimov VGSF 0-575-05056-X Ł5.99 383 tp? coll Ralph McQuarrie Checkmark
The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov! 1991-00-00 Isaac Asimov Legend 0-7126-4690-6 Ł14.99 836 hc? coll Tony Roberts Checkmark
Die Asimov-Chronik: Robot ist verloren 1991-00-00 Isaac Asimov Heyne (Heyne Allgemeine Reihe #8199) 3-453-04602-1 DM 14.80 475 pb? coll Karel Thole Checkmark
Én, a robot? 1991-00-00 Isaac Asimov Móra Ferenc Ifjúsági Könyvkiadó? 963-11-6808-5 Ft 178 224 pb? coll Jantner János Checkmark
Robot Visions 1991-03-00 Isaac Asimov Roc / New American Library 0-451-45064-7 $4.99 482 pb? coll Ralph McQuarrie Checkmark
I, Robot 1991-12-00 Isaac Asimov Bantam Spectra 0-553-29438-5 $4.99 xi+
272
pb? coll Stephen Youll Checkmark
I, Robot 1992-00-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday (The Isaac Asimov Collection) 0-385-42304-7 $12.95 192 hc? coll Steve Youll Checkmark
War with the Robots: 28 of the Best Short Stories by the Greatest Names in 20th Century Science Fiction 1992-00-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg, Patricia S. Warrick, Isaac Asimov Wings Books 0-517-06504-5   609 hc? anth Checkmark
Les robots 1992-04-20 Isaac Asimov J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #453) 2-277-13453-8   370 pb? coll Philippe Caza Checkmark
The Complete Robot 1993-00-00 Isaac Asimov HarperCollins (UK) 0-586-05724-2 Ł5.99 688 pb? coll Chris Foss Checkmark
Robottörténetek? 1993-00-00 Isaac Asimov Móra Ferenc Ifjúsági Könyvkiadó? (Galaktika Baráti Kör Könyvklub, Alapítvány és birodalom sorozat?) 963-11-7102-7 Ft 598 624 pb? coll Jantner János Checkmark
I, Robot 1993-10-00 Isaac Asimov HarperCollins (UK) 0-586-02532-4 Ł4.99 249 pb? coll Checkmark
The Complete Robot 1995-00-00 Isaac Asimov Voyager 0-586-05724-2 Ł6.99 688 pb? coll Chris Moore Checkmark
The Complete Robot 2000-11-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday / SFBC 33046 $12.98 559 hc? coll  
Les robots 2001-03-28 Isaac Asimov J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #453) 2-290-31290-8   319 pb? coll E. Gorinstein Checkmark
Les robots 2002-01-16 Isaac Asimov J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #453) 2-290-31290-8   319 pb? coll E. Gorinstein Checkmark
Les robots 2002-04-02 Isaac Asimov J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #453) 2-290-31290-8   319 pb? coll E. Gorinstein Checkmark
Meine Freunde, die Roboter 2002-08-00 Isaac Asimov Heyne (Meisterwerke der Science Fiction) 3-453-21531-1   745 pb? omni  
Io, Robot 2003-03-00 Isaac Asimov Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Urania Collezione #1) 1 € 4.90 300 pb? coll Franco Brambilla  
I, Robot 2004-06-00 Isaac Asimov Bantam Spectra 0-553-29438-5 $7.99 272 pb? coll Stephen Youll Checkmark
I, Robot 2004-06-00 Isaac Asimov Bantam Spectra 0-553-80370-0 $24.00 xii+
225
hc? coll Stephen Youll Checkmark
Robot Visions 2004-07-00 Isaac Asimov Roc / New American Library 0-451-45064-7 $7.99 482 pb? coll Ralph McQuarrie  
I, Robot 2004-08-00 Isaac Asimov Heyne ( #87732) 3-453-87732-2 €7.95 256 pb? coll Checkmark
I, robot 2004-09-13 Isaac Asimov J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #453) 2-290-34248-3   319 pb? coll Checkmark
Ik, Robot 2006-00-00 Isaac Asimov Het Spectrum (Vantoen.Nu #1188) 978-90-315-0200-4   192 tp? coll  
Yo, robot 2009-04-14 Isaac Asimov Edhasa (Pocket (Edhasa) #74) 978-84-350-1836-4   375 tp? coll Antonis Papantoniou Checkmark
Ik, Robot 2011-04-00 Isaac Asimov Het Spectrum (Vantoen.Nu #1188) 978-90-315-0200-4 €14.99 192 tp? coll  
Les robots 2012-05-28 Isaac Asimov J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #0453) 978-2-290-05595-3 €6.00 285 pb? coll Billy Nunez Checkmark
I, Robot 2013-03-28 Isaac Asimov Harper Voyager (UK) (Voyager Classics) 978-0-00-749151-3 Ł16.99 245 hc? coll  
I, Robot 2013-06-06 Isaac Asimov Harper Voyager (UK) 978-0-00-753227-8 Ł7.99 256 tp? coll  
Ich, der Roboter 2014-11-27 Isaac Asimov Heyne (Isaac Asimovs Foundation #1) 978-3-641-13207-1 €7.99   ebook? coll Katerina K.  
Ich, der Roboter 2015-11-09 Isaac Asimov Heyne (Isaac Asimovs Foundation #1) 978-3-453-52842-0 €8.99 304 pb? coll Katerina K. Checkmark
Ik, Robot 2017-00-00 Isaac Asimov Stichting Collectieve Propaganda van het Nederlandse Boek (Nederland Leest) 978-90-5965-437-2 €0.00 271 tp? coll Checkmark
The Complete Robot 2018-05-17 Isaac Asimov HarperVoyager 978-0-00-827781-9 Ł9.99 624 tp? coll  
I, Robot 2018-05-17 Isaac Asimov HarperVoyager 978-0-00-827955-4 Ł8.99 256 pb? coll  
I, Robot date unknown Isaac Asimov Signet P3540 $0.60 192 pb? coll Kossim Checkmark
I, Robot date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest M1966 $0.95 192 pb? coll John Berkey Checkmark
I, Robot date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest 0-449-23949-7 $2.25 192 pb? coll John Berkey Checkmark
I, Robot date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest P2355 $1.25 192 pb? coll John Berkey Checkmark
I, Robot date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest Q2829 $1.50 192 pb? coll John Berkey Checkmark
Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories About Robots and Computers date unknown ed. Isaac Asimov, Patricia S. Warrick, Martin H. Greenberg Henry Holt 0-8050-0623-0 $22.95 627 hc? anth Richard Mantel Checkmark
Robot Visions date unknown Isaac Asimov Roc / New American Library 0-451-45064-7 C$5.99 x+
482
pb? coll Ralph McQuarrie Checkmark
I, Robot date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest Q2829 $1.50 192 pb? coll John Berkey Checkmark
The Complete Robot date unknown Isaac Asimov Voyager / HarperCollins 0-586-05724-2 Ł6.99 688 pb? coll Chris Moore Checkmark
I, Robot date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest T1453 C$0.75 192 pb? coll John Berkey Checkmark
I, Robot date unknown Isaac Asimov Bantam Spectra 0-553-29438-5 $7.99 272 pb? coll Checkmark
I, Robot date unknown Isaac Asimov Voyager / HarperCollins 0-586-02532-4 Ł5.99 249 pb? coll Checkmark
I, Robot date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest Q2829 $1.50 192 pb? coll John Berkey Checkmark
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