of, relating to, or characteristic of the writing of Isaac Asimov
‘Black Friar of the Flame’ was an Asimovian masterpiece. Better, all kibitzers please note, than his very good letters. The best part, I guess, was his climaxing space battle.
The solution to their individual problems and to those of the civilization for which they are fighting comes in an intricate twist which, to this reader at least, was unexpected and wholly Asimovian.
Others [sc. short stories]…have been dusted off because they deal with robots. Most of these are pretty minor jobs by Asimovian standards, and a couple of them are minor by anybody’s standards.
Some of Varley’s stories have a similar flavor, with respect to the science and such, but Varley has much better characters and more style than Niven. The end of ‘Phantom’ made me wonder if there was any Asimovian influence.
Of course, many scholars have tried to find patterns in recorded events, a deeper meaning or rhythm. The best known of these may be Oswald Spengler and Arnold Toynbee, but one can name any number of others—as well as colleagues who scoff at all of them. Whether or not such efforts will eventually lead to an Asimovian science of ‘psychohistory’ remains to be seen.
Clute seemed to me, in fact, extremely Asimovian in his acceptance speech.
Ullman reflected on the looming Asimovian problem of telling people from machines.
Milton Lesser, in a letter to Planet Stories
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