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Well, upon my wonderings today i came across this, a short story by Isaac Asimov.

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For a short story, (about 20min - 1 hour read) i found it was pretty good. Most of us are familiar with Isaac Asimov for his three robotic laws. For any sci-fi fan, this is a must read. Im now looking into some more of his writings.

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Kiteman (author)2009-01-05
More "last questions":

  • I wonder what that mushroom tastes like?
  • What happens when I stir these together?
  • What lives in this cave?
  • Is that wire live?
  • What does this button do?
  • Is it loaded?
  • How long can I hold my breath?
  • Does it bite?

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kelseymh (author)Kiteman2009-01-05

"What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?" especially if you ask Adrian :-)

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Kiteman (author)kelseymh2010-01-28

(Andy just revived this topic, and I saw this post and thought... I wonder how many members remember Adrian...?)

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2010-01-28

I do!! What a jerk. Sheesh. Good thing Adrian's not around anymore. I couldn't stand that user. 

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Doctor What (author)Lithium Rain2010-01-28

 I was happy when I heard she left.  Adrian Monk annoyed the heck out of me.

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Lithium Rain (author)Doctor What2010-01-28

I hated that little huzzy.

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Doctor What (author)Lithium Rain2010-01-28

 She was always gettin' in my bizzness.

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gmjhowe (author)Doctor What2010-01-29

Dispite her many many downfalls, she did have some great points like....erm ...
you know she was always great at... that thing.... where...

Well either way, theres that new Sodium Snow chick hanging around now...

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Doctor What (author)gmjhowe2010-01-29

 I'm not sure about that Selenium Sleet girl.  She's a little fishy.  Like she has a hidden identity.

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Lithium Rain (author)Doctor What2010-01-29

Yeah, it's pretty weird. Almost as though she knew more than she told. Not as bad as Adrian though.

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2010-01-29

"Hold my beer for a second..."

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gmjhowe (author)kelseymh2009-01-06

I think that she is trying to maintain some standards around here, while also infusing everyone with ~~an addiction~~ a longing for Okra.

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kelseymh (author)Lithium Rain2009-01-05

And there's always the converse question....What's a girl like you doing in a nice place like this? >ba-da-bing

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lemonie (author)2010-01-28

I spent over a million quid today....
Have you read any of HG Welles short stories?

L

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AndyGadget (author)2010-01-28

I just saw your post in the related items.
HERE'S my take on The Last Question.

Asimov is well worth reading.  I love well-written short SF stories and Asimov's Robot stories are some of the best. 

For an epic read, get hold of the 'Foundation' series.  Takes a while to get established as I'm sure it was only meant to be one story to start with, but well worth it.

I watched the film 'I Robot' again last night.  OK, it's been given the Hollywood treatment, but the overall premise is surprisingly close to the spirit of the Foundation books. 

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whatsisface (author)2009-01-05

Ooh, I'll see if stanza has it and download it asap.

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gmjhowe (author)whatsisface2009-01-05

The link takes you to it..

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whatsisface (author)gmjhowe2009-01-05

Yeah, but stanza is the app I use for reading books on my ipod touch. It has online libraries which come pre-formatted for it.

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gmjhowe (author)whatsisface2009-01-05

fellow ipod touch user *salutes*

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whatsisface (author)gmjhowe2009-01-05

Sweet! Do you have Jellycar? It's my favourite app so far :D

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gmjhowe (author)whatsisface2009-01-06

Yes i do! i love it, also check out - Venger, and Space Deadbeef Both great flying shooting space ship games. Venger do a 'lite' version, and S.DB is free.

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KentsOkay (author)KentsOkay2009-01-05

What a terribly unusual website!

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Kiteman (author)2009-01-05

I couldn't resist archiving that story as a PDF. (I added the URL to the footer to credit its source).

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NachoMahma (author)2009-01-05

. The names seem a little silly, but it's still as good a read now as it was 35 years ago. Mr. Asimov is one of my favorite authors.
. BTW, he did a LOT more than just sci-fi.

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gmjhowe (author)NachoMahma2009-01-05

Oh, i kno he did alot more than sci-fi, i just thought this is a great story for any sci-fi fan. Plus this thinking was way ahead of its time - especially with all the eco stuff nowadays.

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