The Norby Chronicles character
Norby as he appears in his first comic strip series, in Boys' Life, January 1990
First appearanceNorby, the Mixed-Up Robot
Last appearanceNorby and the Terrified Taxi
Created byJanet Asimov
Isaac Asimov
FamilyMentor One (original creator)
Jeff Wells (owner)
NationalityJamya (planet)

Norby is a fictional robot created by Janet Asimov and Isaac 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, in total he appeared in 11 novels in the 'Norby' series. According to Isaac Asimov, although Janet Asimov did 90% of the work, his "name was wanted on the book for the betterment of sales [and he] went over the manuscript and polished it a bit."[1]

Novels in the Norby series

  1. Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot (1983)
  2. Norby's Other Secret (1984)
  3. Norby and the Lost Princess (1985)
  4. Norby and the Invaders (1985)
  5. Norby and the Queen's Necklace (1986)
  6. Norby Finds a Villain (1987)
  7. Norby Down to Earth (1989)
  8. Norby and Yobo's Great Adventure (1989)
  9. Norby and the Oldest Dragon (1990)
  10. Norby and the Court Jester (1991)
  11. Norby and the Terrified Taxi (1997) (written alone by Janet Asimov, after her husband's death)


The 'Norby' novels were combined into collections (each with a new cover image and title) by Ace Books:

  • The Norby Chronicles (featuring 'Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot', and 'Norby's Other Secret'.)
  • Norby: Robot for Hire (featuring 'Norby and the Lost Princess', and 'Norby and the Invaders'.)
  • Norby Through Time and Space (featuring 'Norby and the Queen's Necklace', and 'Norby Finds a Villain'.)
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