Isaac Asimov was an author of science fiction and popular science. His robot stories introduced the Three Laws of Robotics; he also wrote the Foundation series.

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Where can I get a complete list of Isaac Asimov's “robotics” stories? [on hold]

I know the Robot novels by Isaac Asimov: The Caves of Steel (1953), The Naked Sun (1955), The Robots of Dawn (1983), and Robots and Empire (1985) I also know the collection The Complete Robot ...
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Asimov's Foundation Editions

I want to get into the Foundation Trilogy, and was going to purchase the Kindle editions from Amazon. But a reviewer brought to my attention that all the copies in print these days are of the ...
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Asimov short story [duplicate]

I'm looking for a short story that I believe was written by Asimov back in the 50's or 60's. I read it in an anthology I checked out of the library back in the 80's or 90's. The story is like a ...
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Isaac Asimov story featuring the end of the world

I'm looking for a short story in which a group is told that if they build a machine the world will end and they build it anyway. The world ends. I'm almost positive it's an Isaac Asimov story.
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Why didn't humans try to settle other galaxies?

In Isaac Asimov's Robot/Empire/Foundation series, humans, during their second colonization wave, settled (probably) all the inhabitable worlds in the Galaxy, but no more. They did not, as far as I can ...
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Starship-and-Sun logo of the Galactic Empire - Foundation series

I have a rather obscure question about the 'Starship-and-Sun' logo of the Galactic Empire from the Foundation Series of books by Isaac Asimov. Is there an official logo that was produced by Asimov ...
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Is there a connection between Spacers and Americans in Asimov's Robot novels?

I'm just reading the Book "Robots of Dawn" by Isaac Asimov (again). I didn't notice the first time, that there are one Earth and 50 Spacer worlds. Why did it struck me? Well, at the time of the ...
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Story about a world where darkness drives people mad

I remember reading a short sci-fi story, perhaps 50 pages or so long, whose name I don't recall. The details of the story are: It is about a world with multiple suns that keep the planet in ...
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Isaac Asimov - Tale of sentient phone exchanges

Years ago I recall reading a story by, I think, Isaac Asimov. Its central theme was phone exchanges becoming sentient. Does anyone know what I am thinking about or am I dreaming and should quickly ...
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Can a robot doubt the sayings of a human?

I am currently reading Asimov's The Robot Series. I have read The Caves of Steel and now I'm reading The Naked Sun. In these two books, Elijah orders (on a couple of different occasions) R. Daneel to ...
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Were there high-powered mutants in Foundation universe before the Mule?

The Mule was a "mentalic" mutant of enough power that he managed to overcome the forces of history and disrupt Hary Seldon's plans. Were such mutants known prior to the Mule? (and known to Seldon)?
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Source of tale/story referenced in “The Last Question” by Asimov

In Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question", there is a passage which reads: "Sure you are. You're weak on logic, that's the trouble with you. You're like the guy in the story who was caught in a ...
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Can a robot programed with 3 laws operating system harm a human who is harming another human?

We see that a robot can attack another robot in defense of a human, but can a 3 Laws programed robot defend one human from another human?
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Virus replicating through signals to civilizations

I've read a story once. So, people have received a signal from space and it turned out that the signal was some kind of scheme or something, and when they built that thing, it captured the Earth and ...
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In the Foundation universe, what is the longest distance mentalists can touch minds?

What is the highest range for mental abilities of mentalists and of Gaia in the Foundation universe? I'd like an order of magnitude, because for all I know it could be anything from a few ten meters ...
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Any Recent News on a Foundation (Asimov) Series of Movies? [duplicate]

Haven't heard anything recently and wanted to know if anyone had any idea whats going on with this film.
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How much is a signed first edition copy of Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy worth? [closed]

It's a blue leather hard-cover copy. I've seen some listings on ebay, but they don't seem to have any bids whatsoever. If it's a legitimate signature, how much is the book worth, if it's not, what is ...
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Let There Be Light Story Identification

I am looking to identify a story that I read around 2001 (it is probably much older). Someone showed me the story on pages printed from the internet, and it was attributed to Issac Asimov (although I ...
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Why do some people include Nemesis and End of Eternity in the Foundation Universe?

I've been reading Isaac Asimov's Robot/Empire/Foundation series recently as I hadn't read all of the books Asimov wrote within the series (I've been reading them chronologically starting with The ...
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Title of short story: God granting immortality to others to find a way to kill himself

I am looking for a short story I read a long time ago. In it, a man dies and finds himself in a dark and featureless afterlife with a disembodied voice that calls itself god. That god reveals that ...
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Was the Teramin Relationship created by Isaac Asimov?

In Isaac Asimov's novel "The Naked Sun" and Rob Chilson's book "Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Refuge", references to the "Teramin Relationship" are made. It's stated as a sociological theorem that ...
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Short story about a robot who wants to become a writer

I don't remember much about it, but I remember reading it about 5-8 years while on an Asimov kick. It may be one of his stories, but I cant remember names/places. All I can remember is that the main ...
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Where were the occupants of the Hidden Centuries in The End of Eternity?

In the End of Eternity by Asimov, the centuries above 70,000 do not appear occupied by humanity but are instead filled with duplicated infrastructure from previous centuries. However it is later ...
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Why didn't Hari Seldon consider if Laskin Joranum had radiation therapy?

In the Isaac Asimov novel Forward the Foundation, the hero Hari Seldon notices that the politician Laskin Joranum is wearing a wig and appears to have no facial hair at all, not even eyebrows. Hari ...
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Can you tell my robot to kill itself? (Three Laws)

In the worlds of Asimov's robots, what's to stop a bunch of vandal humans from going around telling robots to destroy themselves? According to the Second Law, they would have to obey. Here's a ...
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Story where a 0 - law of robotics is introduced (the good of humanity)

I read a story which should should have been published at least 40 years ago, which was probably (though I'm not absolutely sure) Asimov's. The book tells the story of - beware, spoilers ahead - I ...
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What did the “Big Three” think of each other's work?

Do we know what the Big Three (Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein) thought of each other's writing? Did they have any favorite works of each other?
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What is the correct order for reading material of Isaac Asimov?

This question has been asked for the Foundation and the Robot series.. but I wanted to know if there are other works of Asimov that should be read in a particular order, so that I don't read the ...
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The Empire novels of Isaac Asimov [duplicate]

Which is the first Empire novel of I Asimov, "The stars like dust" or "the currents of space"?
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What Happened to U.S. Robots?

In Asimov's chronologically earlier stories, like the ones in "I, Robot", the corporation 'U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men' was featured prominently. Yet in his chronologically later stories there's no ...
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Is Trantor Earth?

After reading the first Foundation book in the series, I asked myself if Trantor was Earth at one point. I don't think Asimov ever mentions Earth in the Foundation series.
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Understanding the limericks in Asimov's mystery story, “Out of Sight”

It is about the well-known "Black Widowers" series of Asimov's stories. I'm currently having difficulties in understanding some passages in the "Out of Sight" story (the last one) from the 1-st book. ...
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Book about playing “death games” with computers obeying the 3 laws?

Anyone know what book/story this refers to? "Remember the scifi book you had us read about the omnipotent / omniscient computer that obeys Asimov's 3 rules? People got into 'death games' where ...
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Why was “Forward the Foundation” unpublished?

I am looking at this Wikipedia article and wondering about Forward the Foundation ... why was it unpublished?
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Solving a mystery in Asimov's mystery story

I've read Asimov's "Go, Little Book" story from Black Widowers series. All seems clear (and the story itself is good) except for one place, where I can't follow the author. Here is the excerpt: ...
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Is the Encyclopaedia Galactica in the Hitchhiker's Guide a reference to Asimov's Foundation Trilogy Encyclopædia Galactica or a tribute to Carl Sagan?

While reading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I was thinking if the Encyclopaedia Galactica mentioned in the book is the same as Asimov's Foundation Trilogy's Encyclopædia Galactica? Could it be ...
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Why did Asimov feature fear of contact so often in his work?

There is an very common occurring theme in Asimov's work: an obsessive need not to touch people considered unclean, sometimes justified sometimes not. Examples: 1) The Caves of Steel (Robots ...
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Isaac Asimov references Clarke's Third Law?

I read Foundation (by Isaac Asimov) a while ago, just after I finished the Prelude to Foundation (of the same author). Today I have come about the notion that he, in either of the books, made a ...
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The Gods Themselves: role of the second part?

I recently finished "The Gods Themselves" by Isaac Asimov. While I enjoyed the whole book I was thinking about role of the second part in the book. It doesn't actually provide any details for the ...
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Asimov's Foundation Comic/Manga

Is there any Comic/Manga or animation adaptation of the Asimov foundation trilogy ?
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Why did Lieutenant Dirige let Arcadia go?

In the third book of the original Foundation series, Second Foundation, Arcadia Darrell tries to escape from Kalgan and get to Trantor. In the spaceport, she is confronted by Police Lieutenant Orum ...
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What was the “obvious solution” to the first crisis in foundation?

The Anacreonians were landing their first spaceships tomorrow, but that was all right, too. In six months, they would be giving orders no longer. In fact, as Hari Seldon had said, and as ...
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What's a merc-pool in Asimov's The Caves of Steel?

As depicted in the title, page 1 chapter 1, Conversation with a Commissioner, what is a merc-pool in the context of this passage: A closely coded tape reeled out of the merc-pool's vitals as the ...
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Story id: Asimov end of the world short story

I looking for the name of one of Asimov's short stories, where the world ends and all dead people start coming out of their graves and start talking to their relatives. I know some kind of celestial ...
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Are Isaac Asimov's views borne out through Dr Calvin?

Susan Calvin is the effective narrator of the I, Robot short story compilation. Towards the end we see her view that humanity is best ruled by robots, as we have no idea what is best for ourselves, ...
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Do Powell and Donovan experience relativistic time dilation, in 'Escape!' ?

Powell and Donovan are set by US Robotics to test a spaceship with a hyperspatial drive. They, at one point claim they have been on the ship for 5 days, whereas I believe Dr Calvin requests 48 hrs to ...
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I read Asimov's Foundation trilogy. Which Foundation novel should I tackle next? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What order should Asimov’s Foundation series be read in? I recently read Asimov's Foundation Trilogy (i. e. Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation. I ...
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Does “Isaac Asimov's Robots in Time” series violate the grandfather paradox?

As anyone who is familiar with the Isaac Asimov's Robots in Time series by William F. Wu is already aware, the Mojave Center Governor does not realize that sending his component parts backwards ...
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Are the 4th and 5th extensions to the 3 Laws of Robotics validated by Asimov?

Wikipedia cites extensions by other authors to the canonical "Three laws" as follows There are two Fourth Laws written by authors other than Asimov. The 1974 Lyuben Dilov novel Icarus's Way ...
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Do the 3 laws protect animals?

Major Stackings made a comment in chat about how the demolition bot seen in the movie hates cats. Do the 3 laws also protect animals from the deadly whims of robots?