The Runaway Robot

ISBN: 059002261X
ISBN 13: 9780590022613
By: Lester del Rey

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About this book

"We're returning to earth," Paul's father tells him. Paul is wildly excited, for all human beings on the planet Ganymede dream of going back to Earth some day. Then Paul finds out that he cannot take his robot Rex with him. Rex has been his constant companion for sixteen years. Leave him behind? Never!So begins a series of breathtaking adventures in space as Paul and his robot Rex attempt to outwit the forces that seek to separate them.

Reader's Thoughts

Bethany Rae

When I was in middle school, my mom gave me her yellow taped-up copy of this book and told me it was one of her favorite books as a kid. As well it should be. It's the story of a robot wishing to be human without realizing how human he already is. Very sweet book; highly recommended, if you can manage to find a copy. Currently I believe it is out of print.


One of my favorites by Del Rey. Maybe 3 and a half stars.


A great sience fiction novel for youth and adults who still think like kids. That's me.


A lighthearted tale about a boy and his robot, I found this book tucked behind some others on a shelf in a discount book store. I knew right away that is was going to be a sweet tale and couldn't wait to get started. I was not disappointed.

John Wolter

This was one of two books that got me hooked on science fiction so many years ago.


This was another book that my dad read to us when we were younger. But unlike Earth Abides, it was a children's story, so it was interesting. It was a book he read when he was a kid, and so now I have a copy so that I can read it to my kids

Dave Lefevre

I remember seeing this book, with its classic cover of a running, boxy robot, on the shelf in one my classes in grade school. For some reason I've always remembered it when I thought of Asimov's "I, Robot." There is no relation there except for the robot, though. I don't think I ever read it in grade school. After it came to my mind once again while I read some Asimov novels I decided that I needed to read it. I'm glad I did. It isn't that deep, but it is nonetheless a classic.By the way, Wikipedia says that this is *not* a Lester del Rey book, but that it was ghost written using a story outline he wrote. Another interesting fact about a book that probably was on many a grade school shelf.


چند سال از رویاهای کودکیم رو با این کتاب سر کردم


A great 6th grade memory!


A cute, clean story about a boy and his robot.


The first SF book I ever read. Loved it, grabbed me hook line & sinker, started my love of SF that has yet to wane.


My first "favorite book"

Philip Athans

When I first read this, age maybe 8 or 9, it made me cry.


این کتاب، یکی از بهترین اتفاقات دوران کودکی ام بود. فقط از دو سه تا کتاب این قدر لذت بردم که خاطره شون، بعد از این همه سال، هنوز تو ذهنم مونده، یکیشون، این کتابه.

Siobhan Parker

A Quickie ReviewThough George Lucas' space opera is easily the best-known science fiction work, intergalactic tales were alive and well before Star Wars, and The Runaway Robot is an excellent example. Narrated from the android's perspective, it's a well-written, fun, and cute story of a 'bot who doesn't want to lose his best mate. The book may prove hard to find, given its age and "out of print" status, but I'm sure any young science fiction fan would adore it. Score: 4/5

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