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Re^2: Was Stephen Byerley a robot?

by Ea (Chaplain)
on Dec 22, 2010 at 11:25 UTC ( #878484=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Was Stephen Byerley a robot?
in thread Was Stephen Byerley a robot?

Yes, but I really enjoyed that type of funning in a very short story about a starship torn apart by tidal forces around a neutron star and he goes on to describe how one of the few barely identifiable pieces must have been a wrench from the engineer's toolbox - indeed it was a star-mangled spanner.

Not a huge fan but, twenty-five years on and it still makes me smile.

perl -e 'print qq(Just another Perl Hacker\n)' # where's the irony switch?

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Re^3: Was Stephen Byerley a robot?
by Illuminatus (Curate) on Dec 22, 2010 at 18:59 UTC
    That story was written by Arthur C Clarke, not Asimov. And, I believe the basic idea was taken from the short story 'Neutron Star' by Larry Niven. I doubt he would have hesitated to give Niven credit, as the only apparent reason for the story was just to set up that line. I think SF writers love puns more than writers in any other genre...


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