“Reason,” Isaac Asimov, 1941

“Reason,” Isaac Asimov, 1941 – Two scientists on a space station try to convince their robot assistant (QT1) that they were its creators, not God.  The robot reasons that the station is God, since it was designed to serve it.

Comments: Read in A Century of Science Fiction. Damon Knight’s introduction notes that Vernes and Wells wrote no robot stories, and it was left to an American writer to develop them and the Three Laws of Robotics.  Knight comments that there’s “nothing eerie about Asimov’s robots,” unlike Bierce’s.  Except for being metal, QT1 is a man–“and it follows logically that he is completely exasperating to men.”

Author: Wikipedia: “Isaac Asimov…(January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was a Russian American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards…Asimov is widely considered a master of hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the ‘Big Three’ science fiction writers during his lifetime.”

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About jennre

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