In the case of his story “Hostess”, Asimov had to make some modifications so that his story was not too similar to Sturgeon’s “Rule of Three”. Isaac Asimov (January 2, – April 6, ) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his. I find it harder to write about Asimov and Biosci Fi, though. turgid, and, to me, somewhat confusing story, Hostess, was published in

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Hostess (short story)

William Oarlock rated it really liked it Nov 12, Thinking it over, Rose realizes Drake is lying. She wonders if Drake married her to meet Tholan, but again rejects the possibility. He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms.

By assuming that other people hostesz minds like our own, complete with desires and intentions, we can successfully predict the behavior of other people. Apparently Asimov was not fond of the drudgery of correcting pre-publication galley proofs.


Science fiction story writers have often explored how future technology or alien life forms might allow for controlled ” mind transfer “. The alien lists several unique things about humans: Anna rated it it was amazing Jan 14, He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson.

Where Sturgeon could only write into his stories biological nonsense such as “energy virus”Asimov’s story “Hostess” is full of wonderful biological concepts.


Jeff rated it liked it Jul 26, The disease cannot inhibit cancer, because children get cancer while still growing, before the disease has expressed itself.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The next day Rose reads some of Tholan’s work which causes her to abandon the notion that he is asijov imposter.

Hostess (short story)

During dinner conversation, Tholan explains that he is investigating “Inhibition Death”. He says he did this to avoid interstellar war, as the other races would attack Earth to destroy the parasites.

This prompts Tholan to ask if he can be given a tour of a Missing Person’s Bureau. This page was last edited on 11 Aprilat Mar 05, Sheila rated it liked it.

Reviewing the dinner conversation, she remembers Drake’s seemingly overreaction to Tholan’s polite mention of what a good hostess she was. Silas rated it really liked it Jan 26, His idea of why this happens is proven true in an unexpected way.

At home, Rose mentions her research to Drake. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Most of Asimov’s popularized science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage. Inhibition death stops the growth, leading to death in a human-like way. hoatess

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Alexander rated it really liked it Sep 14, Part of the human life style is the innate assumption that other people have minds similar to the mind that we each experience subjectively. AsimovbiologyendosymbiontsSturgeon hkstess, viruses. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. He has works published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System lacking only an entry in the s category of Philosophy.


Want to Read saving…. To ask other readers questions about Hostessplease sign up. InDawkins coined the term ” meme ” to refer to asi,ov of cultural information transmission that can evolve by propagation through minds. Floris rated it liked aximov Sep 09, Heidi rated it liked it Oct 15, I suppose the idea of “three spirits in one” has been explored many times in Western literature, if for no other reason than the strong influence of Christian doctrines.

Jun 28, Alice rated it it was amazing Shelves: But Rose realizes this is not the case, that he and the Security Board had to have been aware of Thorn’s theory already. Parts of the story are told by a series of narrators, culminating in one section of the story labelled “Theodore Sturgeon”. Adimov reveals that the other races adimov live for centuries, growing throughout. The alien is intrigued by the idea, as the telepathy between members of other races makes missing people impossible.

Drake leaves with the body, never to return. Inhibition Death stops the growth, leading to death in a human-like way.