Questions tagged [isaac-asimov]

For questions about Isaac Asimov, 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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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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The Empire novels of Isaac Asimov [duplicate]

Which is the first Empire novel of I Asimov, "The stars like dust" or "the currents of space"?
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Book about playing “death games” with computers obeying the 3 laws?

Anyone know what book/story this refers to? "Remember the scifi book you had us read about the omnipotent / omniscient computer that obeys Asimov's 3 rules? People got into 'death games' where they ...
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Why didn't Hari Seldon consider if Laskin Joranum had radiation therapy?

In the Isaac Asimov novel Forward the Foundation, the hero Hari Seldon notices that the politician Laskin Joranum is wearing a wig and appears to have no facial hair at all, not even eyebrows. Hari ...
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Asimov's three laws and non human inteligence

Is there any work by Asimov regarding how the three laws of robotics apply for non human intelligent beings? Do they apply only for humans or can they be extended to any intelligent being?
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What was Isaac Asimov's view of history?

DISCLAIMER: this is most definitely subjective and argumentative, but I've always wanted a place to ask this question, and now finally there is one. Also, this is one of the example questions I ...
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Why did Lieutenant Dirige let Arcadia go?

In the third book of the original Foundation series, Second Foundation, Arcadia Darrell tries to escape from Kalgan and get to Trantor. In the spaceport, she is confronted by Police Lieutenant Orum ...
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Why was “Forward the Foundation” unpublished?

I am looking at this Wikipedia article and wondering about Forward the Foundation ... why was it unpublished?
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In Foundation and Earth, what about the story about a Settler and a Spacer woman on Solaria?

In Foundation and Earth, there is a story about a Settler man and a Spacer woman leaving Solaria together. However, there is no further explanation in the book. Is it explained in another book?
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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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Are the Second Foundation trilogy and the Caliban trilogy considered Foundation canon?

So, as far as I know, there are several series approved by Asimov or his estate for the Foundation series, including the Second Foundation Trilogy and the Caliban Trilogy. Of the Robot/Empire/...
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Isaac Asimov references Clarke's Third Law?

I read Foundation (by Isaac Asimov) a while ago, just after I finished the Prelude to Foundation (of the same author). Today I have come about the notion that he, in either of the books, made a ...
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What's a merc-pool in Asimov's The Caves of Steel?

As depicted in the title, page 1 chapter 1, Conversation with a Commissioner, what is a merc-pool in the context of this passage: A closely coded tape reeled out of the merc-pool's vitals as the ...
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I read Asimov's Foundation trilogy. Which Foundation novel should I tackle next? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What order should Asimov’s Foundation series be read in? I recently read Asimov's Foundation Trilogy (i. e. Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation. I ...
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Asimov's Foundation Epic the 'granddaddy of sci fi'? [closed]

What are the big influences that Asimov's Foundation Saga has had on other science fiction franchises?
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Does “Isaac Asimov's Robots in Time” series violate the grandfather paradox?

As anyone who is familiar with the Isaac Asimov's Robots in Time series by William F. Wu is already aware, the Mojave Center Governor does not realize that sending his component parts backwards ...
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Are the 4th and 5th extensions to the 3 Laws of Robotics validated by Asimov?

Wikipedia cites extensions by other authors to the canonical "Three laws" as follows There are two Fourth Laws written by authors other than Asimov. The 1974 Lyuben Dilov novel Icarus's Way (a.k....
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Do the 3 laws protect animals?

Major Stackings made a comment in chat about how the demolition bot seen in the movie hates cats. Do the 3 laws also protect animals from the deadly whims of robots?
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About origins of Dors Venabili

This question itself contains spoilers which may, well spoil, your reading experience of books Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation. Proceed with caution!
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Do Asimov's other works fit within the Foundation timeline?

I know that the Elijah Baley, Galactic Empire and Foundation books share a common timeline, but I don't know if Multivac, Lucky Starr, Nemesis, The Gods Themselves, Fantastic Voyage and others fit in ...