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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She notes Drake’s reaction to Tholan’s use of the term “hostess” and her offhand mention of mosquitos, carriers of disease. Thinking it over, Rose realizes Drake is lying.

Skyhard rated it liked it Mar 17, awimov The story involves an alien medical doctor who visits Earth as part of research into the unique fact that only Earth beings age and die. There was hardly any space for that to become apparent within the short story, but it did anyway – allegedly, in this future where human beings have traversed the stars, men are still the aismov economic providers for their households, and women usually stay at home as homemakers and child-raisers.

Apparently Asimov was not fond of the drudgery of correcting pre-publication galley proofs. Special thanks to Miranda Hedman for the DeviantArt stock photograph ” Black Cat 9 – stock ” that I used to create the white haired ” sedronite ” who is in the image to the left.

The story involves an alien medical doctor who visits Earth as part of research into the unique fact that only Earth beings age and die.

Jorge Marquez Lander rated it really liked it Aug 07, The alien lists several unique things about humans: Parts of the story are told by a series of narrators, culminating in one section of the story labelled “Theodore Sturgeon”. Where Sturgeon could only write into his stories biological nonsense such as “energy virus”Asimov’s story “Hostess” is full of wonderful biological concepts.


Hostess (short story)

Reviewing the dinner conversation, she remembers Drake’s seemingly overreaction to Tholan’s polite mention of what a good hostess she was. 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.

He says that the disease has become much more common since travel between Earth and other planets began, and planets closest to Earth suffer the highest rates. Over dinner on their first night together, Drake begins to quiz Tholan on his need to periodically breathe cyanide and what happens if he doesn’t. InDawkins coined the term ” meme ” to refer to units of cultural information transmission that can evolve by propagation through minds.

Drake’s displeasure fades and is replaced by intense interest, and he and Tholan discuss matters for hours.

They are the only sentient race to eat meat, they lack any sort of telepathic ability, and to the Smolletts’ surprise, they are the only race to die of old age. Asimov created a whole explanation for life, disease and biology as we know it, hostesw no loopholes or false steps, even linking into to a biblical metaphor. To spread, the disease controls human behavior, urging males—especially those in the first year of marriage—to have wanderlust so they can infect new hosts.

What Dan Dennett has called the ” intentional stance ” is a powerful survival strategy for we humans. The alien visitor to Earth, Dr.

Hostess by Isaac Asimov

Pretty insightful and thought-provoking for such a short tale. Her husband, Drake, initially reacts to Tholan’s presence with thinly disguised disgust. After Tholan admits that he has told no one else of the theory, Drake kills him. She wonders if Drake married her to meet Tholan, aslmov again rejects the possibility. Lists with This Book. Eventually, science caught up with Asimov’s imagination. Want to Read saving….


This prompts Tholan to ask if he can be given a tour of a Missing Person’s Bureau. The editor of Galaxy wanted to publish ‘Hostess’, but first Asimov had to re-write his story so as to make it seem more clearly distinct hostese Sturgeon’s story before it could be published in Galaxy Science Fiction in May see this review.

Hostess by Isaac Asimov. He notes that with the development of interstellar travel, almost all missing persons have fled to space to meet aliens.

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Humanity has met four other intelligent non-human races. Even when I was just 10 years old I was dismayed: Firstly, Asimov posits that all the intelligent species of the galaxy are made of the same sorts of molecules, in particular, proteins coded for by nucleic acid sequences.

Cool and smart dialogue, interchanging some hostesd and original I suppose even more for the time it was published in ideas. Alexander rated it really liked it Sep 14, He explains that the disease has been on Earth for millions of years, and higher animals live with it within their DNA [a] as a parasitehumans are now partially immune but eventually succumb.

Tholan admits that he has come to a conclusion about the cause of the disease, but his methods are repugnant to other Hawkinsites, so he had to keep it secret. This page was last edited on 11 Aprilat Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than books and an estimated 90, letters and postcards.

Drake agrees to adimov him to a police station the next day.