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Reason by Isaac Asimov

This is guest post by Marco Crosa.

“You can prove anything you want by coldly logical reason – if you pick the proper postulates. We have ours and Cutie has his.”

"Reason" is a 1941 short story by Isaac Asimov and his second one of the robot series. It is about two technicians who – during a mission in an orbital station – find themselves to deal with a robot who acquires consciousness of his own existence. Read More

Life-line by Robert A. Heinlein

This is a guest post by Timothy Darling.

Doctor Hugo Pinero invents a device for measuring the length of life and predicting the date and time of death. This leads to the protests of insurance companies and the potential collapse of the industry, not to mention many personal concerns, and the dilemma of a humanity confronted with knowledge that they perhaps should not have. Read More

Beauty and the Beast

“Beauty and the Beast” written by Henry Kuttner is about an alien life form that hatches on Earth.  As he grows, the beast realizes he has some important information to give to humans.  But since there is a language barrier and a fear factor, will he live long enough to share his vital knowledge?  Read More

An Etaoin Shrdlu Limited Edition

One of the cool benefits about being in the science fiction blog-o-sphere is meeting people who really, REALLY love the things they read. This is no more apparent than in the very interesting email I received a few weeks ago from a woman who said that she had reprinted (with permission) a fine press edition of Fredric Brown’s short story “Etaoin Shrdlu.” Read More