• R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

  • By: Karel Capek
  • Narrated by: Ellis Freeman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

By: Karel Capek
Narrated by: Ellis Freeman
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Publisher's Summary

Karel Čapek (1890-1938) was a Czech novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and essayist. R.U.R. is a 1920 science-fiction play, of which the title stands for “Rossum's Universal Robots”. The play premiered on January 25, 1921, and introduced the word robot to the English language and to the science-fiction genre. R.U.R. quickly became popular, and by 1923, it had been translated into 30 languages. The play begins in a factory that manufactures artificial people (called robots) from synthetic organic matter. They are living creatures of artificial flesh and blood rather than machines and are closer to the later idea of androids. Happy to work for humans at first, the robots eventually rebel, and the human race becomes extinct.

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