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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Did Isaac Asimov give two or more unrelated characters the same name component in any of his science fiction stories?

In his stories, Isaac Asimov avoided giving common real world names to his characters, instead most of the time he invented new names or new spellings to existing names. This gave us lots of ...
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What's the “great catastrophe” in Asimov's books?

What is the great catastrophe in Asimov's books? I'd also like to know where you found out what it is. I've read his collection of short stories, and it's not mentioned what this catastrophe was. Or ...
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In Asimov's robot story “Liar!”, why does Dr. Calvin show no mercy for Herbie?

In the story "Liar!", when Dr. Calvin figures out why Herbie was acting the way he was, she But as she's doing this, Herbie pleads for her to stop because he had to lie in order to obey the First ...
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Story of Bayta Darell and The Mule in Asimov's Foundation Series

To my knowledge, I have "read" all of the Foundation books, however I "read" (heard) them in audiobook format, out of sequence, and over the course of 5 years. I am re-reading Second Foundation and am ...
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Was Arthur C. Clarke ribbing Isaac Asimov in Childhood's End?

A quote from the book: A society consists of human beings whose behavior as individuals is unpredictable. But if one takes enough of the basic units, then certain laws begin to appear – as was ...
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When did Asimov decide to unify the Foundation and Robots series?

Originally Isaac Asimov's Robots and Foundation series were separate entities, but were later unified. The first book in which I remember the connection being made clear was Foundation and Earth ...
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Was the foresight from the spice in Dune series inspired by psychohistory in Foundation?

Foundation (by Isaac Asimov) was published in 1951, and primarily dealt with psychohistory, a branch of mathematics that laid down all the probable paths splitting off from a point and the percentage ...
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Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics in Application

The blurb on the back of my copy of Asimov's The Complete Robot includes Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics were programmed into computers thirty years ago at the Massachusetts Institute of ...
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Searching for a short story against entropy [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a short story which I recall reading many years ago. A series (i think) progressing into the future, similar to Harry Harrisons "One step from earth" but details the progress ...
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Voice control (speech recognition) of robots in Asimov stories

I remember I read a nice short story by Asimov from the Robot series, where a robot misinterpreted some voice command and did some witty things instead. I think it was Daneel Olivaw. However, that was ...
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how was R. Daneel Olivaw's skin manufactured?

R. Daneel Olivaw had such realistic skin that he was able to live and work as a human being even though he was secretly a robot. What was Daneel's skin made of? And how was his skin manufactured? ...
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In “The Complete Robot” why was “The Evitable Conflict” placed before “Feminine Intuition” when the former happens later in the storyline?

I started reading "The complete robot". Most of the stories especially Susan's stories occurs in the order of their happenings in the story line. Then why the last two stories are in reverse order? ...
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Short story - glass man assassinated?

Does anyone know the title or author of a short story that was published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, 1981 (not sure of month), where a man is turned into glass/mirror and is ...
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Please help me identify book chronicling life of titular character turns out to be computer printed summary of his life

Language: English. I read this some time in the late 80s / early 90s. The author must have had a Commodore 64 computer, because printouts from the mainframe computer in the story (which bears ...
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ID Story: A robotic storyteller that is sentient

I'm fairly sure this is an Asimov short story, but I can't actually find the name of it. A group of kids has a robot that tells stories. They are mean to it, and generally abuse the thing. At the end ...
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Could a revised version of Asimov's Three Laws have prevented Skynet from becoming a problem? [closed]

If Skynet's designers had subjected Skynet to Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, would it have prevented Skynet from provoking a nuclear war? I know there are several variants of the Three Laws, ...
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Bicentennial Man or The Positronic Man?

I recently learned that the Robin Williams movie Bicentennial Man is based on the novella by Asimov. In researching this novella I learned that it was later expanded into the novel The Positronic ...
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Why is the Second Foundation considered an enemy?

At the end of the first part of Foundation and Empire, Barr mentions the Second Foundation as a possible future enemy, but why? Until that point it has been only namedropped in the prologue and when ...
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How could Galatea do what she did at the end?

At the end of the film, Bicentennial Man, the NDR-series robot known as Galatea, How is she able to do this, given the limitations imposed by the Three Laws?
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If names are unique and family relationships are gone, why do Solarians have last names?

Why do residents of Solaria bother with last names? Every person is guaranteed to have a unique first name, so last names don't distinguish there. Also, children have no idea who their parents are ...
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How did the Anacreon manage space travel without nuclear power?

I just started reading. Still I wonder, the Anacreon world lost the knowledge and the skill for using nuclear power, yet they were able to travel between planets... Is it because they still were ...
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How were later robots able to emotionally harm humans?

In the short story Liar!, part of I, Robot, a crucial plot point is that Herbie, the mind-reading robot, was bound by First Law not to harm humans, and being that he understood emotions, this included ...
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Is there a violation of the First Law of Robotics in “Robot Visions”?

I'm currently reading Isaac Asimov's Robot Visions. I read I, Robot a while ago, and it was nice to see Susan Calvin, Robbie, and the rest again :) The first and eponymous story of the collection, ...
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Short story about astronauts landing on a planet of shapeshifters

I'm trying to find an English-language short story I read in a collection about five to ten years ago (I don't have any idea of the original publication date). Here's everything I remember: The ...
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Source of Golan Trevize's intuition

I've just read Isaac Asimov's Foundation series and in his novels Asimov always explains odd character traits but I haven't found it for Golan Trevize. Why is his intuition so reliable? Did I miss ...
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Does anyone live on the “surface” of Trantor in the year 20,000?

I am reading Prelude to Foundation which occurs around the year 20,000. With the exception of the Imperial Palace, all 45 Billion People live under domes. In one scene Hari Seldon is on the top of ...
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Who cleans the Personals on Aurora?

In the Robots of Dawn, Baley invites Daniel into the Personal, to which Daniel says "It would not be appropriate for me to enter. It is not the custom for robots to enter the Personal. The ...
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Asimov's Robot stories – which stories are in which books/antologies?

After completing the Foundation series of novels by Asimov, I planned to read the Robot series. When placing my order online, I found that some novels and stories are included in others. (For ...
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What's the nature of Eternity?

In the first part of "End of Eternity" it seems like Eternity is off in a separate plane of reality, disconnected from time. But then later it explains how each section was duplicated for each ...
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Help with reading order of Isaac Asimov's novels [duplicate]

I've only just started getting into Asimov's books and I thoroughly enjoyed them so far. I've already read the foundation trilogy, iRobot, The Caves of Steel, the Naked Sun and am nearing the end of ...
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Was R. Daneel Olivaw constructed on Earth, and is he alive in the last book of the Foundation series?

In the Foundation series there is a robot named R. Daneel Olivaw. He helps Hari to be hidden from the Emperor. Is he alive after the Foundation series sequels or prequels? And where was he made? Earth ...
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Asimov short story about nuke going off in 1945

This story is about someone from the future ensuring the first atomic bomb is set off in 1945 so that the "future" would be one in which Earth would be the only source of intelligence in the galaxy. ...
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What's with the word “sardonic” in sci-fi?

OK, this is going to seem to be either a ridiculous question or there is something there. I have noticed that Asimov is a huge fan of the word "sardonic". Maybe it's just that I notice it because I ...
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In Bicentennial Man, how famous is Andrew?

This is about the film by that name, but if the short story or the novel are similar enough (I've not read them) information from them could be used to make a guess. Andrew Martin is physically a ...
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How does the scientists version of the Lords Prayer (Our Father) go?

I read this a long time ago, and it was in a book written many years before. But there was a version of the Lords Prayer adapted for Scientists. Now, the normal Lords Prayer goes something like this: ...
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What are the main differences between the “I, Robot: movie and Asimov's ”Little Lost Robot" story

From wikipedia I, Robot entry: The film I, Robot, starring Will Smith, was released by Twentieth Century Fox on July 16, 2004 in the United States. Its plot incorporates elements of "Little Lost ...
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Why didn't Powell & Donovan just tell Speedy that they would die without the selenium?

The story "Runaround" in I, Robot was a great example of how the Laws of Robotics are programmed into positronic brains, and how they can conflict with each other. Powell & Donovan end up having ...
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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 [closed]

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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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 ...