History Creator / IsaacAsimov

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.
24th Feb '17 1:26:35 PM LordInsane
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* HomeworldEvacuation: ''The Currents of Space'' ends with a planet (not Earth) being evacuated - its sun is about to go nova.

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* HomeworldEvacuation: ''The Currents of Space'' ends with a planet (not Earth) Earth, but the idea is mentioned, and happens ''much'' later in the setting) being evacuated - its sun is about to go nova.
21st Feb '17 1:44:36 PM esq263
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* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: The short story "Let's Get Together" and the novel ''Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain'' both contemplate the UsefulNotes/ColdWar lasting past the 20th century.
21st Feb '17 12:11:08 PM esq263
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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.
18th Feb '17 5:02:38 PM faunas
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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).
17th Feb '17 3:42:35 PM esq263
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* HollywoodLaw: In "Galley Slave", when, in the course of a lawsuit against U.S. Robots, the defense counsel calls the plaintiff as a defense witness, the judge warns him that he does not have as much latitude questioning his own witness as he would questioning an opposing witness. In RealLife, the opposite is true.
9th Feb '17 2:04:03 AM kilian
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Asimov [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial steadfastly denied]] allegations that he had named his daughter "Robyn" only so that he could abbreviate it as "Robbie", the name of his first Robot story and hence the start of his literary success.
31st Jan '17 11:23:30 AM Omeganian
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* GodGuise: The ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series was not the first time that Asimov had his heroes using this trope. His early short "Homo Sol" features a galaxy-spanning civilization comprising all humanoid alien species, which learns of Earth humans, but FirstContact is complicated by the fact that [[HumansAreMorons humans are the only species susceptible to demagoguery]], and also [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters have a knack for rigging any technology into a weapon]]. They cannot be left alone, either, because HumansAdvanceSwiftly. The solution? The aliens [[spoiler:come to Earth pretending to be the gods of mythology]], so that they can steer humanity in the right direction and eventually accept them as equals. The sequels show that this actually works perfectly. Ironically, Asimov was a staunch freethinker and ''de facto'' atheist, opposed to religiously motivated pseudoscience and fanaticism.

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* GodGuise: The ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series was not the first time that Asimov had his heroes using this trope. His early short "Homo Sol" was also a partial example. It features a galaxy-spanning civilization comprising all humanoid alien species, which learns of Earth humans, but FirstContact is complicated by the fact that [[HumansAreMorons humans are the only species susceptible to demagoguery]], and also [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters have a knack for rigging any technology into a weapon]]. They cannot be left alone, either, because HumansAdvanceSwiftly. The solution? The aliens [[spoiler:come to Earth pretending to be [[spoiler:send emissaries looking like the gods of mythology]], so mythology, reasoning that they can the words of guys looking like so many Zeuses and ladies who look like so many Demeters will carry enough weight for the Earthmen]], and that this way, they'll be able to steer humanity in the right direction and eventually accept them as equals. The sequels show that this actually works perfectly. Ironically, Asimov was a staunch freethinker and ''de facto'' atheist, opposed to religiously motivated pseudoscience and fanaticism.
30th Jan '17 10:15:34 PM Doc_Loki
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* SnarkKnight: Asimov himself. His non-fiction, and especially his autobiographical works are generously supplied with pointed witticisms.
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