History Creator / IsaacAsimov

19th Sep '17 9:23:31 AM Luppercus
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* FictionalReligion: Aurelianism in the Galactic Empire.
10th Sep '17 5:32:49 PM Synch
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Played with, but mostly averted -- aside from a few exceptions, Asimov's computers and robots are benevolent to ludicrous extremes, to the point of willingly causing themselves a lot of pain just because they're ordered to do so. This doesn't help the general population's irrational fears, though.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Played with, but mostly averted -- aside averted. Sci-fi writers preceding Asimov had a habit of depicting robots and the like as inherently dangerous and rebellious, which Asimov thought was absurd; anthropomorphic though they may be, robots are tools like any other, and would therefore be designed with MurphysLaw in mind. Thus, [[ThreeLawsCompliant the three laws]]. Aside from a few exceptions, Asimov's computers and robots are benevolent to ludicrous extremes, to the point of willingly causing themselves a lot of pain just because they're ordered to do so. This doesn't help the general population's irrational fears, though.
29th Jul '17 6:17:24 AM ironballs16
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--->'''Swift''': Gentlemen - [[TitleDrop meet the machine that won the war]].
20th Jul '17 12:36:55 PM bryancrain88
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* VitriolicBestBuds: Powell and Donovan, roboticists featured in a few short stories.
11th Jul '17 6:52:35 PM WaterBlap
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He was also a founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal ([[FunWithAcronyms CSICOP]]), which sought (and continues to seek, as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) to debunk most forms of paranormal and (later enlarged to) pseudoscientific claims (enlisting the assistance of Creator/CarlSagan and others, including [[Website/{{Quackwatch}} Stephen Barrett]] who joined as a fellow later).

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He was also a founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal ([[FunWithAcronyms CSICOP]]), which sought (and continues to seek, as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) to debunk most forms of paranormal and (later enlarged to) pseudoscientific claims (enlisting the assistance of Creator/CarlSagan and others, including [[Website/{{Quackwatch}} Stephen Barrett]] Barrett who joined as a fellow later).
2nd Jun '17 2:31:44 PM Tomodachi
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* SocietyMarchesOn: "Franchise", written in 1955 and set in 2008, in which the protagonist mentions a 1988 election winner that spouted off pie-in-the-sky promises and "racist baloney". That may have been plausible in TheFifties, but by the time the real eighties came along, the idea of a presidential candidate winning an election -- or even a major party nomination -- with racist rhetoric was unthinkable. [[NotSoCrazyAnymore And then in 2016, Donald Trump is elected on a platform entirely of pie-in-the-sky promises and racist baloney.]]

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* SocietyMarchesOn: "Franchise", written in 1955 and set in 2008, in which the protagonist mentions a 1988 election winner that spouted off pie-in-the-sky promises and "racist baloney". That may have been plausible in TheFifties, but by the time the real eighties came along, the idea of a presidential candidate winning an election -- or even a major party nomination -- with racist rhetoric was unthinkable. [[NotSoCrazyAnymore And then in 2016, Donald Trump is elected on a platform entirely of pie-in-the-sky promises and racist baloney.]]
2nd Jun '17 1:06:24 PM BrendanRizzo
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* SocietyMarchesOn: "Franchise", written in 1955 and set in 2008, in which the protagonist mentions a 1988 election winner that spouted off pie-in-the-sky promises and "racist baloney". That may have been plausible in TheFifties, but by the time the real eighties came along, the idea of a presidential candidate winning an election -- or even a major party nomination -- with racist rhetoric was unthinkable.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: "Franchise", written in 1955 and set in 2008, in which the protagonist mentions a 1988 election winner that spouted off pie-in-the-sky promises and "racist baloney". That may have been plausible in TheFifties, but by the time the real eighties came along, the idea of a presidential candidate winning an election -- or even a major party nomination -- with racist rhetoric was unthinkable. [[NotSoCrazyAnymore And then in 2016, Donald Trump is elected on a platform entirely of pie-in-the-sky promises and racist baloney.]]
26th Apr '17 7:17:25 AM kilian
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* AbsenceOfEvidence: In one of the ''Union Club Mysteries'', Giswold points out that the female suspect they are looking for (who has been shown to be fanatical about stockpiling supplies she will need) must be post-menopausal as there were no products for dealing with menstruation in her apartment.

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* AbsenceOfEvidence: In one of the ''Union Club Mysteries'', Giswold points out that the female suspect they are looking for (who has been shown to be fanatical about stockpiling supplies she will need) must be post-menopausal as there were no products for dealing with menstruation in her apartment. In another story, he proves that the writer who rented an apartment must secretly be a spy, because it has writing implements but ''no waste-paper basket''.
25th Mar '17 1:52:30 PM pku
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* SocietyMarchesOn: Zig-zagged in "Franchise", written in 1955 and set in 2008, in which the protagonist mentions a 1988 election winner that spouted off pie-in-the-sky promises and "racist baloney". That may have been plausible in TheFifties, but by the time the real eighties came along, the idea of a presidential candidate winning an election -- or even a major party nomination -- with racist rhetoric was unthinkable. Cue the 2016 election, and the idea is unfortunately no longer as preposterous as it once was.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: Zig-zagged in "Franchise", written in 1955 and set in 2008, in which the protagonist mentions a 1988 election winner that spouted off pie-in-the-sky promises and "racist baloney". That may have been plausible in TheFifties, but by the time the real eighties came along, the idea of a presidential candidate winning an election -- or even a major party nomination -- with racist rhetoric was unthinkable. Cue the 2016 election, and the idea is unfortunately no longer as preposterous as it once was.
23rd Mar '17 10:09:28 PM Omeganian
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* ShamefulSourceOfKnowledge: "Hostess" has an alien doctor who found the cause for an epidemic on his world, but cannot reveal it without further evidence, since he obtained the results with methods that are Nazi-like for his people.
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