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What is a theme of the story "True Love" by Isaac Asimov?

I believe that a theme of this story is focused squarely on technology. Milton is searching for his ideal partner, so he teaches his computer (Joe) what to look for. At the time the story was...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 10:34 pm UTC

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What is a summary of "Hallucination" by Isaac Asimov?

"Hallucination" by Isaac Asimov is a science fiction short story published in 1985 and divided into three parts, exploring the nature of thought, as well as human closed-mindedness and ecological...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2018 1:57 am UTC

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What is the theme of "Hallucination" by Isaac Asimov?

The short story "Hallucination" by Isaac Asimov tells of a fifteen-year-old boy named Sam Chase who is sent to a planet where a team of people from Earth are drawing energy from a neutron star. Sam...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2020 3:47 pm UTC

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What are some of themes that are contained in Isaac Asimov's works?

Isaac Asimov was a prolific author who wrote in many different genres, with more than 500 separate works to his credit, not counting shorter essays and stories. Asimov first wrote science fiction,...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2013 1:52 am UTC

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What is ironic about Isaac Asimov's story "The Machine That Won The War"?

Issac Asimov’s story “The Machine that Won the War” is ironic on a number of different levels and in a number of different ways. The story reports a conversation among three men who had been...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2012 4:44 am UTC

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What is the climax of the science fiction story "The Machine that Won the War?"  

The climax of a story seems like a straightforward thing to identify but many readers can be confused about where the climax really occurs. This confusion is due to the vocabulary of the standard...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2009 7:01 am UTC

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What is the biggest conflict in the story "The Machine that Won the War"?

The major conflict of Isaac Asimov's The Machine that Won the War would be a variation of the "man against nature" conflict, the variation being man against machine. When the war starts, humanity...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2010 12:51 am UTC

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Referring  to "Robbie" by Isaac Asimov, how does this story show us something about the human condition?

The story "Robbie" by Isaac Asimov encourages us to ask the question, "what makes us human?" Robbie is a human-like robot who watches over Gloria and keeps her company. He is a robot, and he can't...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018 2:30 pm UTC

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What would be a good work by Isaac Asimov containing the theme of technology changing society?

Isaac Asimov wrote extensively, both in fiction and non-fiction, about how technology will and does change society. One good short story that addresses these themes is "Evidence," written in 1946,...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2013 3:10 am UTC

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How does "The Little Lost Robot" highlight human fears and anxieties about technology despite the guidelines/rules...

In Isaac Asimov's "The Little Lost Robot,"humans' fear of technology is reflected through the fears of the scientists that the little robot will somehow cause harm to humans. Humans, like most...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2018 9:23 pm UTC

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What is the end goal of "The Voice" in Isaac Asimov's "The Last Answer"? Is it possible to know? What would you...

In Asimov's short story "The Last Answer," the Voice encourages Murray to find a way to end its existence. Murray has just had a conversation with the Voice, and the Voice assures him it cannot be...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2020 1:08 pm UTC

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In Asimov's "Cult of Ignorance," what point is he making? How does his point relate to current events? This is for...

Isaac Asimov published the essay in January 1980, during the Jimmy Carter presidency. He was not only alarmed about what he saw as an anti-intellectual climate in his day but concerned that U.S....

Latest answer posted November 13, 2018 12:04 am UTC

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Have you ever had a "Eureka" experience? Does Asimov's account of the "Eureka Phenomenon" help you understand it?

Every time you identify a pattern, or trend; whenever you can figure out at least 2 different ways to problem solve, and whenever you intervene to bring someone up to catch you are actually having...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2010 7:02 pm UTC

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What were Swift, Henderson and Jablosky talking about in the beginning of the story "The Machine that Won the War?"

At the beginning of the story, these three men are talking about the war that is just ending. They are talking about it in slightly different ways. Swift is saying how weird it will have the war...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2010 10:50 pm UTC

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The common image of science is rocket ships and atom bombs. How does Isaac Asimov's fiction fit this image?

Isaac Asimov is one of the most prominent and prolific science-fiction writers in history. He also wrote much of his work during the Cold War, which prompted him to explore the fears of nuclear war...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 1:44 pm UTC

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When was "The Machine That Won The War" wrote? kinda forgot:(

This short story by Isaac Asimov was first published in October of 1961. Asimov published it in a science fiction magazine by the name of "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction." In the...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2010 11:14 pm UTC

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