The Runaway Robot

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

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"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

David Szondy

Straightforward juvenile sci-fi with a credible robot's point of view.


چند سال از رویاهای کودکیم رو با این کتاب سر کردم

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.


I remember reading this


A fantastic adaptation of "Uncle Tom". Really top notch SF for children...highly recommended.

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

Andrew Wooldridge

One of the first sci-fi books I read as a kid. It's one that really sticks with me even after all this time. The technology is dated of course, but the characters and the story are pretty compelling for a young reader nevertheless.


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

Karl Bullinger

One of my favorite books. When I first read it, in sixth grade, I couldn't put it down. It seems a little dated, technologically, now, but the story is still wonderful. I look forward to reading it to my daughter some day.


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


This was my first Lester Del Rey book. I think I read it when I was in fifth grade. I remember liking it at the time. I credit this book with turning me on to science fiction.


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.


I fell in love with Rex when I read this book as a child, and that's why I became a roboticist. He's loyal, funny, hardworking, smart, and clever. I still think about the scene where he had to change his own batteries, or the time he knew something was wrong with him but didn't know how to diagnose it. Oh, if only any of my own robots were half as capable and lovable as Rex.Sadly, this book did not stand up well to rereading as an adult. Or maybe I was just too quick to take umbrage at the depiction of a patriarchal society where the women stay at home and mend spacesuits while the men do all the "real work".


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

Stephen Antczak

I distinctly remember an earlier version of this book that I read in the '70s.

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