I've been trying to remember a story in which robots (or more likely people) in far future try to build a time machine. In the end they seem to send an assassin to kill Isaac Asimov so that he couldn't invent the Three Laws of Robotics.

I'm pretty sure that the very last sentence of the story was something like 'Isaac Asimov must die!' but strangely I couldn't find anything googling variations of that sentence.

Does anyone remember a story like that?

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    Sounds hilarious. But there's a flaw-If they obey the three laws, they can't send an assassin and if they don't there's not much reason to. – apoorv020 May 30 '11 at 20:21
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    @apoorv020: Trying to figure that out was the very reason I tried to find the original story :) It could still be that they are humans with armies of harmless robots. Or maybe it's a self fulfilling prophecy. – Goran Jovic May 30 '11 at 21:27
  • Do you remember approximately when you read it? – DavRob60 May 31 '11 at 1:52
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    @DavRob60: Mid 90ties. But it could have been written any time before that. – Goran Jovic May 31 '11 at 9:48
  • I am also curious and suspecting that it might have even been Isaac Asimov himself the author of the story in question. I can also be proven wrong...... – Darius Jun 3 '11 at 15:17

Possible answer

It is probably not what You are searching for but Asimov appered in a lot of his stories.

How did I found it

I searched Asimov's name and "tvtropes". Tvtropes usually has many informations about such things. But there was nothing so I realized that I have to search for a "isaac asimov cameo" - cameo is when a famous character is inside of a work of art (movie, play, book too I guess).

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    +1 for "how did I found it" , most useful for novices – n611x007 Jun 19 '12 at 17:14
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    I'm scared to follow a link about self-insertion ... – Peter May 11 '16 at 6:07

Also probably not what you are looking for, but Asimov show's up in another story, SLIGHTLY stealthed...

The Flying Sorcerers, he shows up as the wizard 'Purple.' His name is a translation error.. It translated Asimov to 'As a color, shade of purple grey' (As a mauve)

It also pokes fun at the idea of him engaging in space travel.. as in real life, he wouldn't even fly.

It's entertaining; if you check the wiki page, you will see that Asimov is far from the only Scifi author it pokes fun at.

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    That's what I was looking for. Thanks! – Tim Sylvester Nov 18 '17 at 19:39

I think Asimov is briefly mentioned as a character in Inferno by Larry Niven.

  • But there's no time travelling in Inferno, and if Asimov appears at all (I haven't read the book) he's a very minor character. Could you be confusing with Isaac Asimov's Inferno (which I haven't read either)? – user56 Aug 24 '11 at 20:59
  • I don't remember Asimov appearing in Isaac Asimov's Inferno. – b_jonas Jun 2 '12 at 22:48

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