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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His idea of why this happens is proven true in an unexpected way. The disease cannot inhibit cancer, because children get cancer while still growing, before the asimob has expressed itself.

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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”, published just a few months earlier in the same magazine. To spread, the disease controls human behavior, urging men to have wanderlust so they can infect new hosts.

Eggp rated it liked it Jul 18, Published first published Floris rated it liked it Sep 09, The Perfect Host cover art by Michael Dashow.

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. He notes that planets closest to Earth suffer the highest asimo, which is why he has come to Asmov to study the phenomenon of aging in hopes of understanding the disease.


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.

The Perfect Host cover art by Michael Dashow I’ve been honoring the 25th anniversary of Isaac Asimov ‘s death by catching up on my reading of some Asimov stories and essays.

This leads her to realize the real action of the disease: 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.

The next day Rose reads some of Tholan’s work which causes her to abandon the notion that he is an imposter. He explains that the disease has been on Earth for millions of years, and the higher animals live with it within their DNA[lower-alpha 1] partially immune to its effects but falling prey to its effects over the long term.

Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. The analogy between propagating genes that control the physical structure of organisms and propagating ideas shared by human brains was already recognized back in the s when biological evolution was first recognized as a foundational concept in biology.

Hostess (short story)

James Mcclellan rated it it was amazing Sep 16, 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.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. By assuming that other people have minds like our own, complete with desires and intentions, we can successfully predict the behavior of other people.

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Retrieved from ” https: Open Preview See a Problem? Hostess by Isaac Asimov. Reviewing the dinner conversation, she remembers Drake’s seemingly overreaction to Tholan’s polite mention of what a good hostess she was.

She notes Drake’s reaction to Tholan’s use of the term “hostess” and her offhand mention of mosquitos, carriers of disease. 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.

Rose Smollett, a research biologist at the Institute, offers to host him while he is on Hostrss.

Goodreads rated it really liked it Jan 06, Science fiction story writers have often explored how future technology or alien life forms might allow hhostess controlled ” mind transfer “. He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction.

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