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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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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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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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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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Asimov - Start with Foundation or Robots

I want to start and (this time) finish the two Asimov series I have: the Foundation books (Trilogy in fact) and the Robots cycle. Is there a particular order between those two series or are they ...
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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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Do Powell and Donovan experience relativistic time dilation, in 'Escape!'?

In the Asimov short story "Escape!" (part of the Susan Calvin series), Powell and Donovan are set by US Robotics to test a spaceship with a hyperspatial drive. They, at one point claim they have been ...
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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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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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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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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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What short story has 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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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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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 series):...
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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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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 ago while on an Asimov kick. It may be one of his stories, but I can't remember names/places. All I can remember is that the ...
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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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What was the most important thing of all that Hari Seldon wished to tell Daneel?

In Asimov's Forward the Foundation Hari Seldon's last encounter with the robot Daneel Olivaw is below: Seldon stood there for a few minutes after Daneel had gone, lost in thought. Suddenly he began ...
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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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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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One person election gets to vote for the president, by Isaac Asimov

I read a short story, by Isaac Asimov, I believe, in which the presidential election process is so far calculated that it only takes one person to vote. I would LOVE to know the name of this short ...
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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 - ...