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Norby is a fictional robot created by Isaac Asimov and Janet Asimov who stars in his own series of children's science fiction books, The Norby Chronicles. His first appearance was in the 1983 book Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot. The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... A humanoid robot manufactured by Honda. ... Isaac Asimov, photographed by Jay Kay Klein Dr. Isaac Asimov (c. ... Janet Asimov (maiden name Janet Opal Jeppson) (born 1926 in Ashland, Pennsylvania) is an American science fiction author and psychoanalyst. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Norby The Mixed-Up Robot is the first book in the Norby series by Isaac Asimov and Janet Asimov. ...


Norby Chronicles

  • Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot (1983)
  • Norby's Other Secret (1984)
  • Norby and the Lost Princess (1985)
  • Norby and the Invaders (1985)
  • Norby and the Queen's Necklace (1986)
  • Norby Finds a Villain (1987)
  • Norby Down to Earth (1988)
  • Norby and Yobo's Great Adventure (1989)
  • Norby and the Oldest Dragon (1990)
  • Norby and the Court Jester (1991)
  • Norby and the Terrified Taxi (1997) (written alone by Janet Asimov, after her husband's death)

Norby The Mixed-Up Robot is the first book in the Norby series by Isaac Asimov and Janet Asimov. ...

Origin, appearance, and abilities

Norby was originally a robot named the Seeker, created by the robot Mentor First on the planet Jamya. On his initial mission, Norby's ship crashed in Earth's asteroid belt and was discovered many years later by a salvager and inventor named McGillicuddy. McGillicuddy welded much of the remaining parts of the Seeker into a steel barrel that originally contained Norb's Nails, later becming the basis for Norby's name. He eventually fell into the possession of a used-robot shop where he was sold to Jefferson Wells, a space cadet looking for a teaching robot. Image of the main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. ...

Norby's body reflects his outer origins as a barrel, while his arms are retractable and have double-sided palms (and two thumbs). His head is round with four eyes, two on each side, and the top is a dome which he can retract into his barrel. His feet are also extendable/retractable. Norby has a tenor voice but can communicate through telepathy by touch. The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ...

Norby is equipped with a miniature anti-gravity device allowing him to float. He also possesses hyperspace technology, although his choices of locations can be limited to Earth, Jamya, Izz, or somewhere else he has been due to his mixed-up nature. He also has the capability to travel through time via hyperspace. Norby's many features make him a target for scientists, the army, and the rogue Inventor's Guild for disassembly and study. In science fiction, hyperspace is any region of space co-existing with our own universe (in some cases displaced in an extra spatial dimension) which may be entered using some sort of energy field or space-altering method. ... Earth is the third planet in the Solar system. ...

Heroic Feats

In the first Norby book, Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot, Norby and his owner Jefferson Wells stop the villain Ing the Ingrate from taking over the Solar System. Norby The Mixed-Up Robot is the first book in the Norby series by Isaac Asimov and Janet Asimov. ...

In the second book, Norby's Other Secret, Norby and Jeff travel to the planet Jamya to restore the mental health of Norby's creator, Mentor First. Along the way they learn about the Others, a race that bio-engineered the intelligent Jamyn dragons. Biological engineering (also biosystems engineering and bioengineering) is a broad-based engineering discipline that deals with bio-molecular and molecular processes, product design, sustainability and analysis of biological systems. ...

The third book, Norby and the Lost Princess, introduces the planet Izz and its displaced human settlers. While Norby and company prepare for a singing contest, they go to Izz where they find out that Princess Rinda has taken the only Izzian hyperspace ship to Melodia. Norby, Jeff, Fargo, Yobo, and Albany go to the planet on a rescue mission only to be imprisoned by the native insect life.

The fourth book, Norby and the Invaders, pits Norby and Jeff against a race of balloon-shaped aliens nicknamed the Invaders. The Invaders kidnap the Grand Dragon at the novel's outset and place her in an underwater zoo on their homeworld. An intelligent vine named the Dookoza attempts to thwart a rescue mission by Jeff and Norby, but they end up freeing the Grand Dragon and leaving the Dookoza on the planet Melodia.

The fifth book, Norby and the Queen's Necklace sends Norby and Jeff to the French Revolution using the Queen's Necklace, a time travel device that also involved Marie Antoinette in a scandal. After escaping the Bastille, Norby and Jeff take a Frenchman named Marcel on a wild romp through time as they attempt try to find the origin of the device. Jeff meets a council of the Others in this book. The French Revolution (1789-1799) was a pivotal period in the history of France and Europe. ... The Bastille The Bastille was a prison in Paris, known formally as Bastille Saint-Antoine—Number 232, Rue Saint-Antoine. ...

The sixth book, Norby Finds a Villain introduces the character of Threezey the Clown, the alter ego of Ing. In this book, Ing/Threezey kidnaps Pera at a magic show and tries to use her to create a superbomb that will leave him as the only thing left in the universe. He instead opens a portal to another reality where the tree-like Master Cult (MC) rule, and accidentally bring them to the Solar System where they proceed to conquer Earth.

In the seventh book, Norby Down to Earth, Norby learns about his origins as well as the fate of the spacer McGillicuddy, who converted him to his current form.

The eighth book, Norby and Yobo's Great Adventure, finds Norby and Jeff stranded in ancient Africa with Admiral Yobo.

The ninth book, Norby and the Oldest Dragon, takes place almost entirely on the planet Jamya, which is being menaced by an attack from an intelligent cloud. The dragon in the title refers to the Dowager Dragon, mother of the Grand Dragon (the current ruler of Jamya).

The tenth book, Norby and the Court Jester, is set once more on the planet Izz and brings back the villain Ing for a third appearance.

The final book in the series, Norby and the Terrified Taxi, was written without the collaboration of Isaac Asimov and centers around Lizzie, an intelligent taxi first introduced in Norby Down to Earth.

Recurring characters

  • Jefferson "Jeff" Wells: Norby's "owner" and partner. Jeff is in the Space Academy and purchases Norby in order to teach Jeff Martian Swahili.
  • Farley Gordon "Fargo" Wells: a secret agent for Admiral Boris Yobo of Space Command. Handsome, musical, and egotistical, he is married to Albany Jones.
  • Admiral Boris Yobo: Jeff's commanding officer and Fargo's boss, Yobo has a big appetite for adventure and a larger one for food. Because of Norby, Yobo becomes a quasi-liaison to whatever world Norby takes him and Yobo's hyperspace ship, the Hopeful.
  • Albany Jones: A police officer and daughter of the Mayor of Manhattan. She fought Ing with the help of other police officers in the first novel and eventually marries Fargo.
  • Zargl: A dragon from Jamya, Zargl is the great-niece of the Grand Dragon.
  • Mentor First: An ancient Jamyn robot with three eyes and four arms, Mentor First constructed Norby as a way to contact his creators, the Others, for supplies. Mentor First went insane for a long time, but eventually was healed thanks to Norby and Jeff.
  • Rembrandt: A four armed, three eyed Other, Rembrandt studies the art of cultures with his computer Y.I.B, which stands for Your Immense Brain. Jeff calls him Rembrandt, after the artist, as his real name is unpronounceable to humans.
  • Rinda: Crown Princess of Izz and her robot. Rinda stole Izz's first hyperspace ship and took it to a planet where she was fed to a tree but later restored to her human self. She has a crush on Jeff.
  • Pera: A robot similar to Norby, Pera was initially created by the Others to monitor the formation of the planet Melodia. Norby rescued her from the planet and gave her to Rinda as a companion. When she was kidnapped by Threezey/Ing, she opened an inter-dimensional portal allowing the Master Cult to take over the universe.
  • The Grand Dragon: The ruler of Jamya, the Grand Dragon is regal and loves nothing more to be praised.
  • Lizzie: A floating, talking, and thinking taxicab who takes Norby and friends around Manhattan. Her circuits were adjusted by McGillicuddy, so she shares some origins with Norby.
  • Oola: Fargo's all-purpose pet. She is green and normally looks like a cat but has limited shape-shifting and telepathic abilities. Her species was bio-engineered by Mentor First.
  • Ing/Threezey: The first villain of the series, Ing tries to take control of the Solar System. After Norby stops his initial attempt, he later resurfaces in another evil plot as Threezey the Clown. He ends up as Court Jester on the planet Izz.

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It has been speculated that Norby was named by his authors after Norbert Weiner, the "Father of Cybernetics". Norbert Wiener (November 26, 1894 - March 18, 1964) was an American mathematician, known as the founder of cybernetics. ...


The Norby Chronicles were made into serialization comics for the Scouting magazine Boys' Life in the 1990s. The comics were adapted from the first and second books in the series. This article is about the national organization. ... Boys Life could mean: Boys Life the Boy Scouts of America magazine. ... The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ...

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