Essay on Asimov's Science in His Science Fiction

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Asimov's Science in His Science Fiction

Isaac Asimov, a twentieth century Russian American, was a very prolific writer. He wrote hundreds of books. He is not only a writer, but he is also a scientist, where many books that comprise his body of work are reference books. The subjects range from Space science and geology, to Shakespeare and the Bible. As a man who graduated High School as a genius at fifteen and also as one who could create different believable worlds in a piece of writing, he has successfully bridged knowledge and creativity. His skill as an organized logical writer and as a pronounced man of sciences and history is reflected not only in his non-fiction, but also in his ability to
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The reason for such a positive view is that Asimov is convinced, as a man of science, that as technology grows, so will our understanding of it. As the technology behind robotics grows, so will our understanding of how to control it, hence the "three laws of robotics". The laws state: one- a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; two- a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; three- a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law (I, Robot). Asimov is no longer just a writer, but a theologian. It is logical and rational to think that the if we have the technology to program a robot to do something, we have the ability to program a robot to not do something, because a robot is limited to what it is programmed to do and nothing more. This idea is a proof for Asimov's idea that technology can be controlled by humans, giving something for the reader to consider that makes his world he is proposing more valid. Gerald Jonas wrote in a New York Times Book Review on Asimov as a scientist and how it has affected his fiction writing. Jonas
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