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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of The Science Fiction Play R.U.R.

R.U.R., a science fiction play in the Czech language, became published in the year 1921. Karel Čapek, a Czech writer, wrote it. R.U.R. presents an abbreviated term for Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti and translates into the English language as Rossum’s Universal Robots.

The play introduced the word Robot in the English language and the Science Fiction genre.

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Author: Karel Čapek

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 58

Good reads rating:  3.87 of 5

My Ratings: 7.9 of 10

Published: 1921

Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.

Language: Czech

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Review and Summary of Science Fiction Play R.U.R.

***Warning Spoilers Below This Point***

The play begins with a girl named Helena who is the daughter of a president of Major Industrial Power. She visits a factory of Rossum’s Universal Robots, developed on the Island. There she meets the General Manager of this factory, Domin.

It was 1932 when he discovered a chemical that contained protoplasm. Rossum tried to develop a dog and a man from this chemical, but he failed. Meanwhile, his nephew came to see him, and they argue about this chemical.

Young Rossum locks up senior Rossum and started experimenting with his monsters. He built factories and make thousands of robots. At the time of the play, which is 2000, they can find robots anywhere and against a cheap price.

Domin confesses his love for Helena and forces her to get engaged to him. Part II of the play starts where 10 years pass by and they notice Helena and her nurse Nana talk about a reduction in human births. The economy of the world became robot-based. Helena meets Dr Gall’s robot experiment, Radius. Gall explains to her about his experimental Robot named Helena. Helena secretly burns the formula for creation of robots. Robots revolt and reach Rossum’s island.

In the third part of the play, the human characters started believing that the universality of robots is not a danger to society. Robots occupy the factories, and Helena reveals that she burnt the formula required to make new robots. After these events, robots kill all the humans except the chief engineer of the company, Alquist.

Robot Primus and Robotess Helena develop human feelings for each other. Alquist threatens to dissect Primus. Helena begs him to use her instead of Primus. Alquist comes to realise that these two robots actually presents Adam and Eve, and he gives control of the world to these two.

Final Say on The Science Fiction Play R.U.R.

The play describes the side effects of extreme modernisation and technological innovation on human existence. The narrative describes an interesting and informative account of human-induced mechanical development. I give the story a 7.9 out of 10 because of the interesting and complex narrative the book presents.

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