Questions tagged [isaac-asimov]

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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Isaac Asimov short story: circa 1976, male astronaut saves space station inhabitants during solar storm

I've read through several in-print lists of Isaac Asimov short stories, and have been unable to identify one short story. It may have been published in THE SATURDAY EVENING POST around 1976. In the ...
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Short story with an old programmer about to lose his job who triggers a Trojan Horse that only he can fix

I remember reading a short story many years ago (1980s) about an old computer programmer who was about to be forced into mandatory retirement. After receiving the news from his boss he returns to his ...
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Has any publisher created a complete set of Asimov's short stories?

Has any publisher ever released a complete set of Asimov's short stories? If not, which set comes closest to being complete?
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Why did the planetarium not drive the scientists mad in Nightfall?

In Isaac Asimov’s "Nightfall", the people of another world are driven mad because they see how many stars are in the sky when all six suns are hidden. This happens every two thousand years, and ...
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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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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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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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Asimov short story with several encounters to further the human race, ends with the Big Bang

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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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 Isaac Asimov (although I ...
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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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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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Degree of collaboration between Asimov and Silverberg on Nightfall novel?

Is there any reliable information as to the depth of Isaac Asimov's involvement in writing the novel Nightfall (based on Asimov's 1941 short story) with Robert Silverberg? Were Asimov and Silverberg ...
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Short story, possibly Asimov, about an engineer sabotaging a floating city's engines, causing it to crash on Earth and killing everyone on board

This short story is about an engineer who sabotages the engines on a floating city where the rich and well-to-do live apart from normal humanity causing it to crash on Earth killing everyone on board.....
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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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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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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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Asimov's Foundation Comic/Manga

Is there any Comic/Manga or animation adaptation of the Asimov foundation trilogy ?
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Was there any influence of “Foundation” series by Asimov on “Star Wars”?

In the second book of the Foundation trilogy, Foundation and Empire, written in 1953, the Mule appears, an amazing and intriguing character. Reading this book give me the sensation that George Lucas ...
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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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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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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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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'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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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 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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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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Have any movies been based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series?

Have any movies been produced based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation series? If not, why not?
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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 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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What is the chronological order of the novels in Asimov's Foundation series?

I've been meaning to read the Foundation series but haven't quite been able to figure out which book to read first. Does anyone know the correct chronological order of the books in the series? Are ...
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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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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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Classified project during WWII involving Asimov and Heinlein

During WWII, a group of science fiction writers, Robert Heinlein & Isaac Asimov prominent among them, were involved in a classified project for the US government. Isaac Asimov mentioned this ...
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What order should Asimov's Foundation series be read in?

I believe that Asimov himself recommended reading them in chronological order, however I read them in the order that they were published and think that this is the best way to do it. What is the ...
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When does Foundation take place?

I'm currently on the third Foundation book ("Second Foundation") by Isaac Asimov, and I'm beginning to wonder when does this series take place. I know 1FE is 12069GE, but what would that be in AD/CE? ...
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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, ...