The Machine That Won the War Questions and Answers
by Isaac Asimov

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Why is the setting important in the story "The Machine That Won the War"? What would the story be like without the settings that the author created?

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The setting of this story is sometime in the future. Asimov wisely did not put a date into his story. That allows the story to take place in the future for a very long time. It's funny to watch an old movie like 2001: A Space Odyssey because here we are in 2016, and our ability to travel through space is nothing like predicted in the movie. This story was first published in 1961, but it still reads like a look into our current future. We use computers a lot, but nobody assumes that a computer can make...

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