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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Jokester by Isaac Asimov. Jokester by Isaac Asimov. Where do jokes come from? Using a mighty computer called "Multivac", Noel Meyerhof, a Grand Master, asks two questions of Multivac after feeding it all the jokes he knows to find where they came from.

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Jun 14, Alice rated it it was amazing Shelves: short-story. This was a brilliant explanation to jokes and humor. It offers an absolutely surprising origin of laughter with a whooping ending, including Asimov's infamous final unpredicted plot twists. And they remained there, staring, feeling the world shrink down to the dimensions of an experimental rat cage-with the maze removed and something, something about to be put in its place.

Feb 21, Jim Davis rated it really liked it. Loved this story. No super-science or exciting space battles. Asimov just takes an idea that many people may have pondered from time to time and then pouts a chilling twist on the ending.

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Finally a SF story with actual personalities and to an hardware engineer, a familiar setting. Only men though. Women are always secretaries, not matter how far forward in time we go. Illogical, as roles have been changing so fast in the past couple of centuries, partly due to industry and technology advances.

Also, I create new jokes all the time, not just puns, but this was a weakness of the author. Sep 18, Pavan rated it it was amazing. Brilliant way to answer why Jokes are laughable and puns are not. A short, fine ride through humour, with a rather depressing ending.

Apr 22, Aritra Dasgupta rated it it was amazing. Thanks for the existential crisis. Feb 11, Helena rated it it was amazing. This is one of my very favourite stories by Asimov. Surprising and fresh, the words slide wonderfully through my mind every time I read it.

It's delightful. Jul 15, Maggie Gordon rated it liked it Shelves: short-stories , science-fiction-speculative-fiction. Though quite silly, I think Jokester can also be read as horror given it predicts the end of all humour. Way to be kinda creepy, Asimov! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. Short Stories. Science Fiction. About Isaac Asimov. Isaac Asimov. Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

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. He has works published in nine o Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

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. Asimov is widely considered a master of the science-fiction genre and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C.

Clarke, was considered one of the "Big Three" science-fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov's most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series, both of which he later tied into the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series to create a unified "future history" for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A.

Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. He penned numerous short stories, among them "Nightfall", which in was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time, a title many still honor. He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction.

Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French. 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 often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms.

Asimov was a long-time member and Vice President of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly; he described some members of that organization as "brain-proud and aggressive about their IQs" He took more joy in being president of the American Humanist Association. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

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Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia, on January 2, His family emigrated to the United States in and settled in Brooklyn, New York, where they owned and operated a candy store. Asimov became a naturalized U. As a youngster he discovered his talent for writing, producing his first original fiction at the age of eleven. He went on to become one of the world's most prolific writers, publishing nearly books in his lifetime. Asimov was not only a writer; he also was a biochemist and an educator. He studied chemistry at Columbia University, earning a B.



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