Isaac Asimov (Writer)

#11319 Isaac Asimov

Outside intelligences, exploring the Solar System with true impartiality, would be quite likely to enter the Sun in their records thus: Star X, spectral class G0, 4 planets plus debris. .

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#11320 Isaac Asimov

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not. .

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#11321 Isaac Asimov

No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only theas it is, but the world as it will be ... .

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#11322 Isaac Asimov

Emotionally, I am an . I don't have the evidence to prove thatdoesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my . .

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#11323 Isaac Asimov

There are limits beyond which your folly will not carry you. I am glad of that. In fact, I am relieved. .

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#11324 Isaac Asimov

I feel that the longest and worstshould be reserved for those who slanderedby inventing . .

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#11325 Isaac Asimov

Outside intelligences, exploring the Solar System with true impartiality, would be quite likely to enter thein their records thus: Star X, spectral class G0, 4 planets plus debris. .

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#11326 Isaac Asimov

What I will be remembered for are theand the . What I want to be remembered for is no one , or no dozen books. Any single thing I have written can be paralleled or even surpassed by something someone else has done. However, my total corpus for quantity, quality and variety can be duplicated by no one else. That is what I want to be remembered for. .

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#11327 Isaac Asimov

There is no , however , that will not gather itsadherents who will defend it to the . .

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#11328 Isaac Asimov

are entirely too disbelieving of . They are far too ready to dismiss it and to build arcane structures of extremely rickety substance in order to avoid it. I, on the other hand, see coincidence everywhere as an inevitable consequence of the laws of probability, according to which having no unusual coincidence is far more unusual than any coincidence could possibly be. .

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#11329 Isaac Asimov

There is a cult ofin the United States, and there always has been. The strain ofhas been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion thatmeans that "myis just asas your ." .

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#11330 Isaac Asimov

[Creationists] make it sound as though a "theory" is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night. .

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#11331 Isaac Asimov

writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not. .

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#11332 Isaac Asimov

Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today — but the core of science fiction, its essence, the concept around which it revolves, has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all. .

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#11333 Isaac Asimov

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be ... This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking. .

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#11334 Isaac Asimov

But suppose we were to teach . What would be the content of the teaching? Merely that a creator formed the universe and all species of life ready-made? Nothing more? No details? .

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#11335 Isaac Asimov

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I'm a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time. .

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#11336 Isaac Asimov

Consider the most famous pure dystopian tale of modern times, 1984, by(1903-1950), published in 1948 (the same year in whichwas published). I consider it an abominably poor book. It made a big hit (in my opinion) only because it rode the tidal wave of cold war sentiment in the United States. .

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#11337 Isaac Asimov

There are many aspects of the universe that still cannot be explained satisfactorily by science; but ignorance only implies ignorance that may someday be conquered. To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. .

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#11339 Isaac Asimov

All life is nucleic acid; the rest is commentary .

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#11341 Isaac Asimov

I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing — to be clear. I have given up all thought of writing poetically or symbolically or experimentally, or in any of the other modes that might (if I were good enough) get me a Pulitzer prize. I would write merely clearly and in this way establish a warm relationship between myself and my readers, and the professional critics — Well, they can do whatever they wish. .

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#11342 Isaac Asimov

I was once being interviewed by ...In between two of the segments she asked me..."But what would you do if the doctor gave you only six months to live?" I said, "Type faster." This was widely quoted, but the "six months" was changed to "six minutes," which bothered me. It's "six months." .

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#11345 Isaac Asimov

Happiness is doing it rotten your own way. .

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#11346 Isaac Asimov

Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. .

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#11347 Isaac Asimov

If you suspect that my interest inis going to inspire me with sudden enthusiasm for Judaism and make me a convert of mountain .

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#11348 Isaac Asimov

I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse. .

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#11349 Isaac Asimov

A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. .

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#11351 Isaac Asimov

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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#11352 Isaac Asimov

A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws. .

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#11353 Isaac Asimov

Later included among these laws was a more fundamental directive: .

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#11354 Isaac Asimov

A robot may not injure humanity, or, through inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. .

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#11355 Isaac Asimov

"Nonsense," Weston denied, with an involuntary nervous shiver. "That's completely ridiculous. We had a long discussion at the time we bought Robbie about the First Law of Robotics. You know that it is impossible for a robot to harm a human being; that long before enough can go wrong to alter that First Law, a robot would be completely inoperable. It's a mathematical impossibility. Besides I have an engineer from U.S. Robots here twice a year to give the poor gadget a complete overhaul. Why, there's no more chance of anything at all going wrong with Robbie than there is of you or I suddenly going looney—considerably less, in fact. Besides, how are you going to take him away from Gloria? (pg 10, Chapter Robbie) .

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#11357 Isaac Asimov

is the last refuge of the incompetent. .

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#11358 Isaac Asimov

Four of the stories in this work were originally published with different titles in Astounding Magazine between 1942 and 1944, and the fifth was added when they first appeared in book form in 1951. .

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#11359 Isaac Asimov

An atom-blaster is a good weapon, but it can point both ways. .

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#11360 Isaac Asimov

It's a poor blaster that doesn't point both ways. .

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#11361 Isaac Asimov

Q. You do not consider your statement a disloyal one? A. No, sir. Scientificis beyondand disloyalty. Q. You are sure that your statement represents scientific truth? A. I am. .

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#11362 Isaac Asimov

The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising , a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of— a hundred other factors. It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop. .

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#11363 Isaac Asimov

“That insufferable, dull-witted donkey! That—” Hardin broke in: “Not at all. He’s merely the product of his . He doesn’t understand much except that ‘I got a gun and you ain’t.’ ” .

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#11364 Isaac Asimov

“,” came the retort, “is the last refuge of the incompetent.” .

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#11365 Isaac Asimov

Well, then, arrest him. You can accuse him of something or other afterward. .

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#11366 Isaac Asimov

“That was the time to begin all-out preparations for .” “On the contrary. That was the time to begin all-out prevention of war.” .

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#11367 Isaac Asimov

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety. .

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#11368 Isaac Asimov

Courtiers don’t take wagers against the king’s skill. There is the deadly danger of winning. .

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#11369 Isaac Asimov

He believes in that mummery a good deal less than I do, and I don’t believe in it at all. .

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#11370 Isaac Asimov

For it is the chief characteristic of theof , that it , and that such curses as that of Aporat’s are really deadly. .

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#11371 Isaac Asimov

Aeater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself. .

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#11372 Isaac Asimov

Never let yourofprevent you from doing what is . .

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#11373 Isaac Asimov

“Ponyets! They sent you?” “Pure chance,” said Ponyets, bitterly, “or the work of my own personal malevolent demon.” .

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#11374 Isaac Asimov

There's something about a pious man such as he. He will cheerfully cut your throat if it suits him, but he will hesitate to endanger the welfare of your immaterial and problematical . .

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