Tag Archives: Isaac Asimov

The Three Laws, as law?

Possibly the most famous legal formulation within science fiction are Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. …

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Oy, Robot!

A post about a long lost draft of Isaac Asimov’s Evidence, a story in his classic book I, Robot. (See Eugene’s meeting notes from May 2015.) According to Wikipedia: I, Robot is a fixup of science fiction short stories … [that] originally appeared in the American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction between …

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Celebrate National Science Fiction Day!

January 2 is National Science Fiction Day, a wholly fan-created holiday, i.e., not designated by yet another “act” of Congress, placed on the day chosen by noted sf author Isaac Asimov to mark his birth.  (Given the lack of records surrounding his birth in revolutionary Russia, it actually might have been as early as October …

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Aye, the Good Doctor

Meeting on a mild evening in the middle of May, the Beamers put our positronic brains to work on the venerable robot stories of Isaac Asimov, collected as I, Robot.  While the tales were definitely “old school” classic sf, we still found a number of relevant and humorous touchstones that make them valuable for even …

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Why, some of my best friends read Science Fiction …

As pointed out in the current issue of Ansible, the delightful monthly round-up of things and folks speculative produced by author David Langford, the Folio Society is publishing one of their beautifully produced editions of the original three Foundation books by Isaac Asimov. As befits a finely printed piece of Literature, the Society has a celebrity writer …

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