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The story was written at the request of William Levinson, editor of the US publication Physician’s Worldbut when the latter ceased publication, the story was returned to the author, who then sold it to Analog. It appeared in the February edition. In the yearthe world’s population of six billion is suffering from acute famine.

The World Food Organization decides on desperate measures to decrease the population by a process of triage. They propose to do this by adding selective poisons to certain food shipments to grossly over-populated areas. They attempt to blackmail biochemist Dr. Aaron Rodman into cooperating with their scheme threatening to withhold food rations from his daughter’s family if he doesn’t complyproposing to utilise his development of LP – a lipoprotein which when incorporated into foods will cause random deaths.

The scheme is planned but Rodman is unwilling to go along with it. At a meeting between him and senior government officials and members of the World Food Council, he provides as refreshment sandwiches laced with the LP, so that they will die at random, just as they had planned for so many others to die.

He carefully matches the LP in the sandwiches which he also eats to his own metabolism, so that he will die quickly and not be guilty of involvement in the scheme.

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He was known for his works of fiction and popular science. Asimov was a writer, and wrote or edited more than books. His books have published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Winhowing Decimal Classification. Asimov wrote hard science fiction and, along with Robert A.

Heinlein, Clarke, he was considered one of the Big Three science fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimovs most famous work is the Foundation Series, his major series are the Galactic Empire series.

The Galactic Empire novels are set in earlier history of the same fictional universe as the Foundation series. He asiimov hundreds of stories, including the social science fiction Nightfall.

Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen aimov Paul French, Asimov also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as much nonfiction. Most of his science books isaaf scientific concepts in a historical way. He often provides nationalities, birth dates, winnnowing death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies, Asimov was a long-time member and vice president of Mensa International, siaac 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, the asteroid Asimov, a crater on the planet Mars, a Brooklyn elementary school, and a literary award are named in his honor. His exact date of birth within that range is unknown, the family name derives from a word for winter crops, in which his great-grandfather dealt. Asimov had two siblings, a sister, Marcia, and a brother, Stanley, who was vice-president of New York Newsday.

His family emigrated to the United States when he was three years old, since his parents always spoke Yiddish and English with him, he never learned Russian, but he remained fluent in Yiddish as well as English. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Asimov taught himself to read at the age of five, after becoming established in isaaf U.

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The end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in left the United States as the sole superpower. It ranks highly in several measures of performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP. Science fiction — Science fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations, and has been called a literature of ideas. Science fiction is difficult to define, as it includes a range of subgenres and themes.

Author and editor Damon Knight summed up the difficulty, saying science fiction is what we point to when we say it, a definition echoed by author Winnowiny C. Glassy, who argues that the definition of science fiction is like the definition of pornography, you do not know asimovv it is, in or William Atheling Jr. According to science fiction writer Robert A, rod Serlings definition is fantasy is the impossible made probable.

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New and different political or social systems, e. A product of the budding Age of Reason and the development of science itself. Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan considered Keplers work the first science fiction story and it depicts a journey to the Moon and how the Earths motion is seen from there.

Later, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a story about a flight to the moon, more examples appeared throughout the 19th century. Wells The War of the Worlds describes an invasion of late Victorian England by Martians using tripod fighting machines rhe with advanced weaponry and it is a seminal depiction of an alien invasion of Earth. In the late ainnowing century, the scientific romance was used in Britain to describe much of this fiction. This produced additional offshoots, such as the novella Flatland, the term would continue to be used into the early 20th century for writers such as Olaf Stapledon.

In the early 20th century, pulp magazines helped develop winjowing new generation of mainly American SF writers, influenced by Hugo Gernsback, the wiinnowing of Amazing Stories tge. At the end ofCampbell took over editorial duties under Tremaines supervision, the period rhe with Campbells editorship is often referred to as the Golden Age of Science Fiction.

Ben Bova took over from toand the character of the magazine changed noticeably, Bova won five consecutive Hugo Awards for his editing of Analog. The title was sold to Davis Publications inthen to Dell Magazines inCrosstown Publications acquired Dell in and remains the publisher.

Schmidt continued to edit the magazine untilwhen he was replaced by Trevor Quachri, inHugo Gernsback launched Amazing Stories, winnowinng first science-fiction magazine. Amazing was very successful, quickly reaching a circulation over , Clayton was unconvinced, but the following year decided to launch a new magazine, mainly because the sheet on which the color covers of his magazines were printed had a space for one more cover.

He suggested to Harry Bates, a newly hired editor, that start a magazine of historical adventure stories. Bates proposed instead a science-fiction pulp, to be titled Astounding Stories of Super Science, Astounding was initially published winnowinng Publishers Fiscal Corporation, a subsidiary of Clayton Magazines. The first issue appeared in Januarywith Bates as editor, Bates aimed for straightforward action-adventure stories, with scientific elements only present to provide minimal plausibility.

In Februarythe original name Astounding Stories of Super-Science was shortened to Astounding Stories, the magazine was profitable, but the Depression caused Clayton problems. Normally a publisher would pay a printer three months in arrears, but when a credit squeeze began in Mayit led to pressure to reduce this delay. The financial difficulties led Clayton to te alternating the publication winnwoing his magazines, some printers bought the magazines which were indebted to them, Clayton decided to isaac his printer to prevent this from happening.

As it turned out, enough stories were in inventory, and enough paper was available, to one further issue. In April, Clayton went bankrupt, and sold his titles to T.

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