History YMMV / IsaacAsimov

17th Apr '18 9:30:10 AM drunkrobot
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** On the other hand, a man seriously claiming that a few bits of porn are "a deadly danger for the moral fiber of the nation" is more likely to represent some over the top MoralGuardians than a government department with real power.

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** On the other hand, a man seriously claiming that a few bits of porn are "a deadly danger for the moral fiber of the nation" is more likely to represent some over the top MoralGuardians than a government department with real power.power.
* ValuesResonance: To most people in 1956, when ''The Last Question'' was first published, coal and oil seemed an endlessly abundant source of energy, and Uranium-powered nuclear fission even more endlessly abundant than them. So, in a strange way, the message in the story that [[GreenAesop no energy source, certainly not oil and Uranium as mentioned in the story, is truly inexhaustible]] precedes much of the environmental movements that will only start to gain widespread support in the 1970s.
25th Feb '18 11:24:00 PM Omeganian
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* HilariousInHindsight: In "Blind Alley", a man shows what he calls "A Galactic fad of three years ago; which means that it is a hopelessly old-fashioned relic this year". A high-tech ''disco ball'' as an example of InUniverse DeaderThanDisco. In 1945.
20th Feb '18 10:04:03 AM Omeganian
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** On the other hand, a government official seriously claiming that a few bits of porn are "a deadly danger for the moral fiber of the nation" would be hard to take as a serious threat to business rather than a babbling demagogue.

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** On the other hand, a government official man seriously claiming that a few bits of porn are "a deadly danger for the moral fiber of the nation" would be hard is more likely to take as a serious threat to business rather represent some over the top MoralGuardians than a babbling demagogue.government department with real power.
9th Feb '18 6:26:12 AM Omeganian
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* ValuesDissonance: In "Dreaming is a Private Thing", the recruitment procedure for dreamers seems to be a guy scouting playgrounds for the most {{Cloudcuckoolander}} kids ever, and then approaching them to strike a conversation. Today, a person behaving like that [[PaedoHunt would have ran a risk of being mobbed]] before he could explain he simply wants to talk to the kid's parents.

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* ValuesDissonance: In At least two cases in "Dreaming is a Private Thing", the Thing":
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recruitment procedure for dreamers seems to be a guy scouting playgrounds for the most {{Cloudcuckoolander}} kids ever, and then approaching them to strike a conversation. Today, a person behaving like that [[PaedoHunt would have ran a risk of being mobbed]] before he could explain he simply wants to talk to the kid's parents.parents.
** On the other hand, a government official seriously claiming that a few bits of porn are "a deadly danger for the moral fiber of the nation" would be hard to take as a serious threat to business rather than a babbling demagogue.
13th Jan '18 3:39:33 AM Omeganian
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** The ending to ''The Bicentennial Man'' ('''NOT''' the atrocious movie adaptation). Andrew sacrifices his android immortality and undergoes a procedure to make his brain decay like a human would. In return, mankind officially accepts him as a human being rather than just a machine. As he lies dying, Andrew clings to his personhood that he fought so long to get, but as his last conscious thoughts fades, all he can think of is Little Miss, the daughter of his original owner, who had first named him Andrew and treated him like a person...

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** The ending to ''The Bicentennial Man'' ('''NOT''' the atrocious movie adaptation). Andrew sacrifices his android immortality and undergoes a procedure to make his brain decay like a human would. In return, mankind officially accepts him as a human being rather than just a machine. As he lies dying, Andrew clings to his personhood that he fought so long to get, but as his last conscious thoughts fades, all he can think of is Little Miss, the daughter of his original owner, who had first named him Andrew and treated him like a person...person...
* ValuesDissonance: In "Dreaming is a Private Thing", the recruitment procedure for dreamers seems to be a guy scouting playgrounds for the most {{Cloudcuckoolander}} kids ever, and then approaching them to strike a conversation. Today, a person behaving like that [[PaedoHunt would have ran a risk of being mobbed]] before he could explain he simply wants to talk to the kid's parents.
21st Oct '17 12:09:45 AM Omeganian
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* DeathOfTheAuthor: One of Asimov's favorite stories, "The Martian Way", was a way of using his claustrophilia as an attack on UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy. In it, a [=McCarthy=] counterpart named "Joseph [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hilder]]" is almost able to become Global Administrator at the cost of space development. Nuclear "proton micropiles" are used to produce energy almost for free, and are used in pumped steam rockets to colonize the solar system - so Hilder whips up [[YouCanPanicNow scare reports]] on how space travel will eventually turn the Earth into a desert. Asimov's Martians, being immune to SpaceMadness due to their upbringing as claustrophillic SpacePeople, are able to make a three-year trip to Saturn, retrieve a cubic mile of ice from its rings, and return in time to make a complete fool of a visiting bureaucrat who previously stated for the record that Earth cannot spare a single drop of its ''one and a half quintillion[[note]]'''1,500,000,000,000,000,000'''[[/note]] tons of water''. As an attack on [=McCarthy=], it flopped. As an attack on modern-day environmental alarmism, it ''works''. The ironic part is that ''Asimov was an outspoken environmentalist.''


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* MisaimedFandom: One of Asimov's favorite stories, "The Martian Way", was a way of using his claustrophilia as an attack on UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy. In it, a [=McCarthy=] counterpart named "Joseph [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hilder]]" is almost able to become Global Administrator at the cost of space development. Nuclear "proton micropiles" are used to produce energy almost for free, and are used in pumped steam rockets to colonize the solar system - so Hilder whips up [[YouCanPanicNow scare reports]] on how space travel will eventually turn the Earth into a desert. Asimov's Martians, being immune to SpaceMadness due to their upbringing as claustrophillic SpacePeople, are able to make a three-year trip to Saturn, retrieve a cubic mile of ice from its rings, and return in time to make a complete fool of a visiting bureaucrat who previously stated for the record that Earth cannot spare a single drop of its ''one and a half quintillion[[note]]'''1,500,000,000,000,000,000'''[[/note]] tons of water''. As an attack on [=McCarthy=], it flopped. As an attack on modern-day environmental alarmism, it ''works''. The ironic part is that ''Asimov was an outspoken environmentalist.''
16th Mar '17 9:24:13 PM SilentStranger
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%%* TearJerker: The Ugly Little Boy

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%%* * TearJerker: The Ugly Little BoyBoy- A child nurse is brought in by MegaCorp Stasis Inc. to care for their latest "experiment", a neanderthal child brought to the present via unstable time travel, but has to be kept in an enclosure because the method of time travel cannot remove the person pulled from their time from the area. ''Everyone'' except the nurse treats the poor kid like an animal at worst, and at best a curious experiment, despite him being as intelligent as a slightly-below-average human child. The nurse eventually thinks of the boy as her own child and attempts to remove him from the enclosure, but this fails and both are returned to the boys original time. Their fate is unknown (though expanded upon in the 1991 novel ''Child Of Time'').
** The ending to ''The Bicentennial Man'' ('''NOT''' the atrocious movie adaptation). Andrew sacrifices his android immortality and undergoes a procedure to make his brain decay like a human would. In return, mankind officially accepts him as a human being rather than just a machine. As he lies dying, Andrew clings to his personhood that he fought so long to get, but as his last conscious thoughts fades, all he can think of is Little Miss, the daughter of his original owner, who had first named him Andrew and treated him like a person...
4th Feb '17 11:42:14 AM SteveMB
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** This trope only applies to his fiction, though, as all his non-fiction writings about science, especially his chemistry works, are considered to have been very accurate and consistent with contemporary understanding.

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** This trope only mostly applies to his fiction, though, as all his non-fiction writings about science, especially his chemistry works, are considered to have been very accurate and consistent with contemporary understanding.understanding[[note]]While some parts of his scientific writings have inevitably been superseded by later discoveries, the bulk of them describe basic elements of science which have remained unchanged[[/note]].
6th Dec '16 8:25:03 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HarsherInHindsight: "Trends", one of his earliest short stories, is really uncomfortable to read at any time from the 1980s onward. When it was written in 1939, the idea that a plurality of Americans would deny science outright in favor of religious fundamentalism, and be a powerful lobby, was ludicrous. Nowadays, the controversy shows up in state governments every few years. Moreover, in the story, [[spoiler:the mob comes to its senses after the hero risks his life to go into space]]. In reality, fundamentalists, being ''fundamentalists'', never change their mind no matter how much evidence they are confronted with. Asimov himself lived to see some of this: in the 1980s, he, along with several other scientists, wrote an essay presenting the facts and exhorting the public not to fall for creationism. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption It didn't work.]]

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* HarsherInHindsight: "Trends", one of his earliest short stories, is really uncomfortable to read at any time from the 1980s onward. When it was written in 1939, the idea that a plurality of Americans would deny science outright in favor of religious fundamentalism, and be a powerful lobby, was ludicrous. Nowadays, the controversy shows up in state governments every few years. Moreover, in the story, [[spoiler:the mob comes to its senses after the hero risks his life to go into space]]. In reality, fundamentalists, [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalists]], being ''fundamentalists'', never change their mind no matter how much evidence they are confronted with. Asimov himself lived to see some of this: in the 1980s, he, along with several other scientists, wrote an essay presenting the facts and exhorting the public not to fall for creationism. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption It didn't work.]]
27th Jun '16 8:11:58 PM Kalaong
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* DeathOfTheAuthor: One of Asimov's favorite stories, "The Martian Way", was a way of using his claustrophilia as an attack on UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy. In it, a [=McCarthy=] counterpart named "Joseph [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hilder]]" is almost able to become Global Administrator at the cost of space development. Nuclear "proton micropiles" are used to produce energy almost for free, and are used in pumped steam rockets to colonize the solar system - so Hilder whips up [[YouCanPanicNow scare reports]] on how space travel will eventually turn the Earth into a desert. Asimov's Martians, being immune to SpaceMadness due to their upbringing as claustrophillic SpacePeople, are able to make a three-year trip to Saturn, retrieve a cubic mile of ice from its rings, and return in time to make a complete fool of a visiting bureaucrat who previously stated for the record that Earth cannot spare a single drop of its ''one and a half quintillion[[note]]'''1,500,000,000,000,000,000'''[[/note]] tons of water''. As an attack on [=McCarthy=], it flopped. As an attack on modern-day environmental [[YouCanPanicNow alarmism]], it ''works''. The ironic part is that ''Asimov was an outspoken environmentalist.''

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* DeathOfTheAuthor: One of Asimov's favorite stories, "The Martian Way", was a way of using his claustrophilia as an attack on UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy. In it, a [=McCarthy=] counterpart named "Joseph [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hilder]]" is almost able to become Global Administrator at the cost of space development. Nuclear "proton micropiles" are used to produce energy almost for free, and are used in pumped steam rockets to colonize the solar system - so Hilder whips up [[YouCanPanicNow scare reports]] on how space travel will eventually turn the Earth into a desert. Asimov's Martians, being immune to SpaceMadness due to their upbringing as claustrophillic SpacePeople, are able to make a three-year trip to Saturn, retrieve a cubic mile of ice from its rings, and return in time to make a complete fool of a visiting bureaucrat who previously stated for the record that Earth cannot spare a single drop of its ''one and a half quintillion[[note]]'''1,500,000,000,000,000,000'''[[/note]] tons of water''. As an attack on [=McCarthy=], it flopped. As an attack on modern-day environmental [[YouCanPanicNow alarmism]], alarmism, it ''works''. The ironic part is that ''Asimov was an outspoken environmentalist.''
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