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15th Apr '18 12:54:55 AM PaulA
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!!Works by Isaac Asimov include:

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14th Apr '18 6:56:05 PM crazysamaritan
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!!Works by Isaac Asimov with their own trope pages include:

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!!Works by Isaac Asimov with their own trope pages include:



* ''Literature/RobotSeries''

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* ''Literature/RobotSeries''Literature/RobotSeries
** "Literature/InsertKnobAInHoleB"
11th Apr '18 12:56:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* CausedTheBigBang: The short story "The Instability" ends with two time travelers realizing they didn't travel 27 million years to their own future, but into the primordial chaos of some dimension. And since they are here, they are introducing an instability, meaning... Oh Shi-
10th Apr '18 3:03:41 PM zzedar
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** In The Gods Themselves, time manipulators make sure earth experiences maximum comfort and an end to wars. This also means they stop space exploration as it would be too chaotic. Human life will eventually end. But there will be thousands of years of peace before that, and the manipulators are fine with this. Some, however, prefer the chaos of competition that can lead to progress so that life can live forever.

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** In The Gods Themselves, End of Eternity, time manipulators make sure earth experiences maximum comfort and an end to wars. This also means they stop space exploration as it would be too chaotic. Human life will eventually end. But there will be thousands of years of peace before that, and the manipulators are fine with this. Some, however, prefer the chaos of competition that can lead to progress so that life can live forever.
10th Apr '18 10:59:59 AM Orbitron24
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** In another story two planets in a solar system have vast fields of the same plant, endlessly tended to by two different species of aliens, under the plant's mental control. The plant spread from one planet to the other with space explorers and then ended all further technology. The human visitors rush back to earth to warn of this danger. [[spoiler:Their haste is the consequence of the plant's control, which follows them onboard.]]

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** In another story two planets in a solar system have vast fields of the same plant, endlessly tended to by two different species of aliens, under the plant's mental control. The plant spread from one planet to the other with space explorers and then ended all further technology. The human visitors rush back to earth to warn of this danger. [[spoiler:Their haste is the consequence of the plant's control, which follows has followed them onboard.]]
10th Apr '18 10:58:30 AM Orbitron24
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** In The Gods Themselves, time manipulators make sure earth experiences maximum comfort and an end to wars. This also means they stop space exploration as it would be too chaotic. Human life will eventually end. But there will be thousands of years of peace before that, and the manipulators are fine with that. Some, however, prefer the chaos of competition that can lead to progress where life will live forever.
** In one short-story a popular form of entertainment is displays of laser lights and sounds. An old woman is an expert on this. A mathematician thinks he can create perfect displays mathematically and fails. At a party, he fixes the circuits in the woman's robot servant without asking. It turns out it was the robot who created the displays, the defective circuitry adding a wild creative touch that can never be reproduced. The mathematician doesn't resist when the woman lunges at him with a knife.
** One short-story has a scientist triumphantly declaring that a certain kind of energy shield cannot be constructed; he has shown this with his theories. In the meantime, a hardened space captain has created just such a shield, after trial and error in the field that has cost him his arm.
** One story has earth controlled by a central computer, whose robots carry out all work. It thereby follows its directive to serve humans, and they are unable to stop this. There is no progress, just endless peace. One man ingratiates himself with the computer so that he can gain access to vital circuitry and spread a program that destroys it. Those who had believed him to be a traitor to humans are visibly shocked when the robots stop and they gain the liberty they had wished for.

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** In The Gods Themselves, time manipulators make sure earth experiences maximum comfort and an end to wars. This also means they stop space exploration as it would be too chaotic. Human life will eventually end. But there will be thousands of years of peace before that, and the manipulators are fine with that. this. Some, however, prefer the chaos of competition that can lead to progress where so that life will can live forever.
** In one short-story a popular form of entertainment is consists of displays of laser lights and sounds. An old woman is an expert on this. A mathematician thinks he can create perfect displays mathematically and fails. At a party, he fixes the circuits in the woman's robot servant without asking. It turns Turns out it was the robot who created the displays, the defective circuitry adding a wild creative touch that can never be reproduced. The mathematician doesn't resist when the woman lunges at him with a knife.
** One short-story has a scientist triumphantly declaring that a certain kind of energy shield cannot be constructed; he has shown this with his theories.physics theory. In the meantime, a hardened space captain has created just such a shield, after trial and error in the field that has cost him his arm.
** One story has earth controlled by a central computer, whose robots carry out all work. It The computer thereby follows its directive to serve humans, and they are unable to stop this. There Again there is no progress, just endless peace.peace, and people spend their time playing games. One man ingratiates himself with the computer so that he can gain access to vital circuitry and spread a program that destroys it. Those who had believed him to be a traitor to humans are visibly shocked when the robots stop and they gain the liberty they had wished for.



** In Asimov's canon history, the Spacer worlds are the first explorers, their every need tended to by robot servants. The later explorers eschew all robots, noting how the comfort has made the Spacers give stick to their original fifty worlds and halt all expansion. The later explorers will dominate the galaxy while the Spacers are forgotten.
** Later in the canon, the universe is controlled by the Trantor empire for ten thousand years. The empire is slowly dying, but even among those who realize this there are some who prefer the empire's comfort, knowing it will take a millennia for it to die. The more daring choose a risky future on Terminus, far out from the galaxy's center, even though they know their future will include conflict with neighboring planets.

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** In Asimov's canon history, the Spacer worlds Spacers are the first explorers, their every need tended to by robot servants. The later explorers eschew all robots, noting how the comfort has made the Spacers give stick to their original fifty worlds and halt all expansion. The later explorers will dominate the galaxy while the Spacers are forgotten.
** Later in the canon, the universe is controlled by the Trantor empire for ten thousand years. The empire is slowly dying, but even among those who realize this there are some who prefer the empire's comfort, knowing it will take a millennia for it to die. The more daring choose a risky future on Terminus, far out away from the galaxy's center, even though they know their future will include conflict with neighboring planets.



** One short-story has the independent human worlds facing off with the Santanni empire. Many human planets even side with the Santanni against earth. This is a direct allegory to the conflict between Greek city states and Persia. Eventually there is all-out war. As with the Greeks, the humans prevail because they have been practicing in wars against each other, while the unified Santanni have not.

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** One short-story has the independent human worlds facing off with the Santanni empire. Many human planets even side with the Santanni against earth.earth in various arguments. This is a direct allegory to the conflict between Greek city states and Persia. Eventually there is all-out war. As with the Greeks, the humans prevail because they have been practicing in wars against each other, while the unified Santanni have not.
10th Apr '18 10:49:02 AM Orbitron24
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** In one story, a planet's plants and animals have been taken over by an organism affecting their DNA. The plants produce meat-like appendixes for predators to eat so there is no hunting. There is no technology, just an endless, peaceful present with each day like the one before. Oh, and all eyes are replaced by a mass of green tentacles for telepathic communication. The organism seeks to spread to earth to bless humans with the same never-ending gift, which will stop their space exploration. [[They narrowly escape this. One captain blows up his ship as all humans onboard are infected. Another ship carefully examines the planet, but an organism manages to sneak onboard. When the ship lands on earth again the hatch's circuitry burns the organism to death; its planet's lack of technology meant it couldn't figure out the consequences of where it was hiding.]]
** In another story two planets in a solar system have vast fields of the same plant, endlessly tended to by two different species of aliens, under the plant's mental control. The plant spread from one planet to the other with space explorers and then ended all further technology. The human visitors rush back to earth to warn of this danger. [[Their haste is the consequence of the plant's control, which follows them onboard.]]

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** In one story, a planet's plants and animals have been taken over by an organism affecting their DNA. The plants produce meat-like appendixes for predators to eat so there is no hunting. There is no technology, just an endless, peaceful present with each day like the one before. Oh, and all eyes are replaced by a mass of green tentacles for telepathic communication. The organism seeks to spread to earth to bless humans with the same never-ending gift, which will stop their space exploration. [[They [[spoiler:They narrowly escape this. One captain blows up his ship as all humans onboard are infected. Another ship carefully examines the planet, but an organism manages to sneak onboard. When the ship lands on earth again the hatch's circuitry burns the organism to death; its planet's lack of technology meant it couldn't figure out the consequences of where it was hiding.]]
** In another story two planets in a solar system have vast fields of the same plant, endlessly tended to by two different species of aliens, under the plant's mental control. The plant spread from one planet to the other with space explorers and then ended all further technology. The human visitors rush back to earth to warn of this danger. [[Their [[spoiler:Their haste is the consequence of the plant's control, which follows them onboard.]]
10th Apr '18 10:47:31 AM Orbitron24
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* CreatorThumbprint: There is a recurring theme of comfort vs progress. Should there be centrally controlled comfort, or chaotic progress and exploration that will inevitably include war and crime?
** In one story, a planet's plants and animals have been taken over by an organism affecting their DNA. The plants produce meat-like appendixes for predators to eat so there is no hunting. There is no technology, just an endless, peaceful present with each day like the one before. Oh, and all eyes are replaced by a mass of green tentacles for telepathic communication. The organism seeks to spread to earth to bless humans with the same never-ending gift, which will stop their space exploration. [[They narrowly escape this. One captain blows up his ship as all humans onboard are infected. Another ship carefully examines the planet, but an organism manages to sneak onboard. When the ship lands on earth again the hatch's circuitry burns the organism to death; its planet's lack of technology meant it couldn't figure out the consequences of where it was hiding.]]
** In another story two planets in a solar system have vast fields of the same plant, endlessly tended to by two different species of aliens, under the plant's mental control. The plant spread from one planet to the other with space explorers and then ended all further technology. The human visitors rush back to earth to warn of this danger. [[Their haste is the consequence of the plant's control, which follows them onboard.]]
** In The Gods Themselves, time manipulators make sure earth experiences maximum comfort and an end to wars. This also means they stop space exploration as it would be too chaotic. Human life will eventually end. But there will be thousands of years of peace before that, and the manipulators are fine with that. Some, however, prefer the chaos of competition that can lead to progress where life will live forever.
** In one short-story a popular form of entertainment is displays of laser lights and sounds. An old woman is an expert on this. A mathematician thinks he can create perfect displays mathematically and fails. At a party, he fixes the circuits in the woman's robot servant without asking. It turns out it was the robot who created the displays, the defective circuitry adding a wild creative touch that can never be reproduced. The mathematician doesn't resist when the woman lunges at him with a knife.
** One short-story has a scientist triumphantly declaring that a certain kind of energy shield cannot be constructed; he has shown this with his theories. In the meantime, a hardened space captain has created just such a shield, after trial and error in the field that has cost him his arm.
** One story has earth controlled by a central computer, whose robots carry out all work. It thereby follows its directive to serve humans, and they are unable to stop this. There is no progress, just endless peace. One man ingratiates himself with the computer so that he can gain access to vital circuitry and spread a program that destroys it. Those who had believed him to be a traitor to humans are visibly shocked when the robots stop and they gain the liberty they had wished for.
** In the most pleasant example, all homes and workplaces are equipped with teleportation Doors. Robots tend to the outside. A little boy has to go to school through the regular "door" one day when the Door doesn't work, and then curiously starts preferring the wild outdoors (well, wild compared to the indoors, where a robot maid tends to a child's needs). A psychiatrist is consulted but concludes that maybe this isn't so bad after all.
** In the short-stories in the more canon Asimov world, robots are programmed not to interfere when children argue, unless they become too violent. The chaos in arguing and fighting is necessary for development.
** In Asimov's canon history, the Spacer worlds are the first explorers, their every need tended to by robot servants. The later explorers eschew all robots, noting how the comfort has made the Spacers give stick to their original fifty worlds and halt all expansion. The later explorers will dominate the galaxy while the Spacers are forgotten.
** Later in the canon, the universe is controlled by the Trantor empire for ten thousand years. The empire is slowly dying, but even among those who realize this there are some who prefer the empire's comfort, knowing it will take a millennia for it to die. The more daring choose a risky future on Terminus, far out from the galaxy's center, even though they know their future will include conflict with neighboring planets.
** Even later, the Foundation has expanded from Terminus to dominate the galaxy. There are arguments for and against the secret Second Foundation, which stayed on Trantor to mentally manipulate its leaders to reduce conflict with the Foundation, and who seek to manipulate the Foundation in the same way, for the good of all.
** One short-story has the independent human worlds facing off with the Santanni empire. Many human planets even side with the Santanni against earth. This is a direct allegory to the conflict between Greek city states and Persia. Eventually there is all-out war. As with the Greeks, the humans prevail because they have been practicing in wars against each other, while the unified Santanni have not.
27th Feb '18 9:29:38 PM FordPrefect
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* BeigeProse: Asimov writes in a very straightforward and concise style. His early stories (like those found in the first ''Foundation'' novel) can sound downright professorial. And even after he got some polish into his writings, his stories still has a tendency of turning into dialogue-heavy closet plays. This was somewhat intentional as Asimov's scientific training made him value clarity over style.

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* BeigeProse: Asimov writes in a very straightforward and concise style. His early stories (like those found in the first ''Foundation'' novel) can sound downright professorial. And even after he got some polish into his writings, his stories still has had a tendency of turning into dialogue-heavy closet plays. This was somewhat intentional as Asimov's scientific training made him value clarity over style.
27th Feb '18 9:27:39 PM FordPrefect
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** To answer criticism that none of his books featured sex or aliens, ''Literature/TheGodsThemselves'' has some [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs alien sex]]. ''Because'' it's alien sex it's non-erotic by human standards.
** The short story "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_Unintentional Victory Unintentional]]" revolved round three robots exploring the surface of Jupiter and contacting the Jovians living there.

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** To answer criticism that none of his books featured sex or aliens, ''Literature/TheGodsThemselves'' has some [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs alien sex]]. ''Because'' it's alien sex sex, it's non-erotic by human standards.
** The short story "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_Unintentional Victory Unintentional]]" revolved round around three robots exploring the surface of Jupiter and contacting the Jovians living there.
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