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

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Asimov Short Short Story Pun [duplicate]

I'm looking for a feghoot or shaggy dog story, either by Isaac Asimov or in an collection edited by Asimov, about the poor dependability of inter-dimensional mail. The story ends with a guy having a "...
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Short story by Isaac Asimov about a mental chef

I'm looking for a short story by Isaac Asimov about someone who creates dishes not in the kitchen but by combining ingredients in his head.
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Short story with mechanical house that completes all tasks [duplicate]

I am 90% sure that this by either Isaac Asimov or Ray Bradbury. I think I might have read this in The Martian Chronicles. Basically, the story starts off with a house that cooks, cleans, and performs ...
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Where is Asimov's “The Complete Stories” (Doubleday/Broadway) volume 3

Doubleday started an ambitious project of collecting all of Asimov's short fiction between covers in 1990, with two volumes, containing 86 stories out of a total of 383. Broadway Books (New York) ...
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Any other Asimov Books where Susan Calvin appears?

As of right now I'm reading The Foundation Trilogy (pg.82) and completed already the following: I, Robot; Rest of the Robots. One character that I've liked a lot in both books is Robotpsychologist ...
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What is the outcome for Dors Venabili?

In the Isaac Asimov book Forward the Foundation I'm curious about the future of Dors Venabili:
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Why were all NS-2 manufactured without the serial numbers?

In the story "Little Lost Robot" from I, Robot, a modified Nestor (NS-2) hides himself in a cargo with 62 other physically identical robots. I think one of the main reasons why the hiding robot was ...
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What prevents Asimov's robots from locking all humans in padded cells for the humans protection?

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Since Asimov's robots are already shown as not possessing "human common sense" when applying the ...
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When does the copyright on Isaac Asimov's works expire?

I read in another answer that Fox produced the film I, Robot because they had just acquired the rights to the Asimov collection and wanted to get a big budget movie out of it. I would have thought his ...
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Can you read Isaac Asimov's Rest of the Robots without reading I, Robot?

How catastrophic is it to read Asimov's "Rest of the Robots" without having read the first book of the robot series: "I, Robot"? If the knowledge gap is too big, is it possible to simply watch the ...
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Asimov story about an astronaut stranded on a strange planet who accidentally clones himself

I read the story many years ago and tried to find it again but I can remember very little of it. It was about an astronaut who landed on a planet and couldn't return to earth. A voice was talking ...
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What did Asimov think of Philip K. Dick?

I'm finishing Asimov's 1981 compilation of essays, in which he offers numerous opinions on many authors, books, and TV shows. But it puzzles me that he makes no mention of Philip K. Dick, who by that ...
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What was Asimov's postcard short story?

In his note to his short story, Quarantine, Arthur C. Clarke alludes to the fact that Asimov wrote a short story that could fit on a post card. Never one to resist a challenge, the Good Doctor ...
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Is Asimov’s “The End of Eternity” time-changing model consistent?

When I think of Asimov I imagine the greatest sci-fi writer in history: Maybe this isn’t true, but I was very impressed by some of his ideas and I expect always to find great ones when I read his ...
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What Asimov's stories are referenced in the movie “I, Robot”?

I, Robot, the 2004 movie, has several references to the original stories by Isaac Asimov. While none of them are complete or true to the story, they exist. Some examples include: Little Lost Robot - ...
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How many stories are contained in Asimov's “The Complete Robot”?

I am wondering how many stories are contained in Isaac Asimov's "The Complete Robot"?
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Story of a robot suspected of murder on a small planet (possibly Asimov)

Trying to identify a story of a robot suspected of murder on a fairly small planet. The planet was initially uninhabited. The robot suspect and the man killed were part of the same visiting ...
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Is the weird biology of the soft ones in The Gods Themselves a manifestation of their universe's different physics?

In The Gods Themselves, the second part deals with what are (metaphorically, at least) the gods referenced in the title. These are the soft ones and the hard ones. The soft ones have a quite unusual ...
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Sci Fi story about injecting books into kids' brains

I remember a story (by Asimov maybe?) about a future in which teaching in school is done through infusing the material into kids' brains? One kid doesn't fit in life because his brain isn't ...
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Why did earth stay radioactive for so long with all the people?

In "Robots and Empire," Mandalamus said that Earth would be radioactive within 20 decades (e.g. 200 years). But in "Pebble in The Sky," it was said that people still were on Earth after 9000 years! ...
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Missing Robots in Asimov's Foundation Series

It's been years since I read Asimov, but I seem to remember that when he decided to merge his Robots and his Foundation and Empire universes, he explained the relative lack of robots in the Foundation ...
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Asimov's robot and the Trolley Problem

The classic thought experiment the Trolley Problem goes something like this: A loose train trolley is barreling downhill toward five people tied up and helpless on the track ahead. You can't ...
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Is there any certain chronological order of all of Isaac Asimov's series, novels and short stories that Isaac Asimov himself specified? [duplicate]

Even though that there are many recommended personal reading orders about Isaac Asimov's series, novels and short stories, is there any specific chronological order which was specified by Isaac Asimov ...
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Why didn't the Foundation citizens listen to Seldon's 3rd and 4th time vault speeches?

In the Foundation series, every time there is a "Seldon Crisis", Hari Seldon appears in a Time Vault and updates the citizens of the Foundation on the latest crisis. He discusses why the last crisis ...
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Daneel or Giskard quote about functioning more efficiently, similar to happiness

For an article I'm writing, I'm looking for a quote from Asimov's Daneel or Giskard (I don't remember which one). In this quote, one of the robots explains that he can't feel happiness, but his ...
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Was Isaac Asimov lactose intolerant?

In "Escape!", one of the "I, Robot" stories, the robotic intelligence in the first FTL spacecraft prototype undergoes certain problems relative to the First Law and reacts to them by displaying ...
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What are the clues in Pate de Foie Gras that should enable the reader to figure out how the Goose made Au-197?

Does Isaac Asimov give enough clues in Pate de Foie Gras for the reader to figure out the series of nuclear reactions that produced the gold eggs? According to the link above: In a commentary on ...
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Parallels between Asimov's Foundation characters and real historical figures

It is widely known that one of the (main) inspirations for the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov was Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The parallels between the decline ...
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Does the Foundation from Asimov's novels have an emblem?

I'm well aware that the Galactic Empire from Isaac Asimov's has a famous emblem consisting of the "Spaceship and Sun". I was wondering if the Foundation itself1 has an equivalent emblem described or ...
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Are there any resources for viewing or recreating SF planetarium shows?

Back in the 1980s, my family had a membership at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. That meant that we went to a lot of planetarium shows. Most of the shows were purely scientific, but some ...
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Find illustration of titular scene from Asimov's “The Naked Sun”

Can anyone help me find an illustration of the titular scene from Asimov's The Naked Sun when Elijah reaches out of the roof of the taxi and contemplated the naked sun as Daneel grabs him and ...
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Whose idea was The Second Foundation?

I've recently finished Prelude to Foundation last week and I clearly remember that R. Daneel Olivaw said something like: "I have another plan in another planet. It is harder and more radical ...
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The Twin paradox concept in Asimov's universe [duplicate]

In the story Escape! the Brain sends Gregory Powell and Mike Donovan to space. When they get back, everything seems normal, like time has not passed since they went away. According to the Twin ...
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What is the main plot of Robbie?

Is Asimov's short story Robbie the friendly robot Robbie And that's it! Usually, these novels have a riddle about the Three Laws, and the characters have to figure out what's wrong with a robot ...
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Story identification: interactive tattoo display on forearm

Does anyone remember which novel features an interactive tattoo display on forearm? I am trying to find the book where this technology is featured. It could have either been one of Asimov's "...
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Looking for a short sf story (Analog or Asimov's) about a ?Jansen/Janson? door that one could step through into the future

The story was probably published between 1980 and early 1990s. The technology, i.e., ?Jansen or Janson? door, was named, I believe, after a lady scientist.
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Why does Cutie act like this and lesser robots listen to it?

In the short novel Reason, from Isaac Asimov's I-Robot we learn that the robot Cutie (QT-I) knows it will do a better job than Powel and Donovan, so it keep them locked in a room. So I wonder why it ...
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a group of people locked in a house and being observed who are actually martians

So, I read this story in high school and this is a part of a bigger story. Technically this is an excerpt. A group of people is locked in a house and they are being observed. Every day they go about ...
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Which episode is Gene Roddenberry referring to?

Gene Roddenberry and Isaac Asimov had some communication after Asimov wrote some disparaging comments about the scientific accuracy of Star Trek. They eventually became firm friends and Roddenberry ...
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Which Asimov story has malevolent 3-law AI?

I'm reading some of the Q&A on Worldbuilding.se about the Control Problem (how to keep a general artificial intelligence in a box), like this one, and someone invariably touts Asimov's three laws ...
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In Asimov's The Naked Sun why didn't the Solarians use artificial insemination?

In Isaac Asimov's 1957 novel The Naked Sun it is a plot point that the inhabitants of the planet Solaria are raised to be repelled by physical contact, a fairly common theme in Asimov's work. It is ...
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Title used for an autokrat in an Asimov story?

I recall Asimov had a character who was The autoc of , clearly based on the word “autokrat” but I don’t recall the exact spelling. This stumped Google, which would rather correct the spelling to some ...
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Why didn't Hari Seldon recognize Eto?

So, at the beginning of Prelude to Foundation, Hari meets "Chetter Hummin". He goes traipsing around Trantor with him; meeting Dors, going to the library, working for a while, going to mycogen, ...
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Does VIKI appear in Asimov's writings?

VIKI appears in the film I, Robot. (warning, spoilers in the clip) Does this character appear in any original writings from Isaac Asimov or was she purely a ...
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Does Baleyworld feature in any of the Foundation Series books (perhaps under a different name)?

Does Baleyworld (from Robots and Empire) feature in any of the Foundation Series books (perhaps under a different name)?
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Why is Trantor so metropolitan with such a low population density?

The opening chapters of Asimov's Foundation characterize Trantor as being a dense, highly-populated city, to the point that it's almost exclusively indoors and extends a mile underground. But in the ...
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Did other writers adopt Asimov's concepts and terminology for changing time?

Summary: Did Asimov's time travel novel The End of Eternity influence other writers? In 1954, Isaac Asimov took a rejected short story and turned it into the clever time travel novel The End of ...
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Why is Trantor, from Asimov's Foundation, all underground?

Is there a reason given as to why Trantor is completely underground? Seems like would be a huge waste of space for it. I know there are 40+ billion people there, but would think a planet sized city ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...