Retro-Hugo 1941, Best Short Story

As I promised last time, today’s post is all about Asimov’s award-winning short, “Robbie.” Written while at the age of nineteen, the story became the first robot story produced by Asimov. It’s the story that sparked both his acclaimed Robot series and his most revered tenets, The Laws of Robotics. Despite its future importance, the story had trouble finding a home. Initially rejected by John W. Campbell, it eventually published in Super Science Stories thanks to editor Frederick Pohl. At the time, you could find the story listed as “Strange Playfellow,” but subsequent collections reverted to its original title. (Cont'd)