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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”. 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 realizes the real action of the disease: 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 from Sturgeon’s story before it could be published in Galaxy Science Fiction in May see this review. Even when I was just 10 years old I was dismayed: That night, Drake tells Rose that Tholan had asked about him before the visit, and intimates that he is there to see him, not Rose.

He believed that the science fiction genre was powered by a shared pool of story ideas that could be used and expanded upon by all writers. The enzyme reverse transcriptase was found which allows retroviral gene sequences to be inserted into chromosomes. Considering Drake, she begins to wonder if he married her specifically to meet Tholan, but again rejects the possibility as too wild to consider. He says he did this to avoid interstellar war, as the other races would attack Earth to destroy the parasites.

Humanity has met four other intelligent non-human races. Sharada Swaminathan rated it really liked it Dec 31, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. During dinner conversation, Tholan explains that he is investigating “Inhibition Death”. His idea of why this happens is proven true in an unexpected way.

The alien notes that the telepathy-like links between members of the other races makes the idea of a missing person impossible, and that this, too, is a behavior known only among humans.


It was first published in the May issue of Galaxy Science Fiction and reprinted in the collection Nightfall and Other Stories.

Skyhard rated it liked it Mar 17, He says he did this to kill the crazy theory, fearing it would lead to interstellar war. Jan 29, Ana rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Later that night she mentions asimlv research to Drake. Heinlein and Arthur C. He weaves the threads of the story so tig I don’t know if i can write anything about this story, there are so many layers and so much depth to it that I would either spoil it or make it no justice by trying to bring to the light some of its intriguing features. Drake admits that they are indeed aware of the disease, but can do nothing; it now lives in a symbiotic relationship with hostesa, its growth-inhibiting properties preventing cancer from killing everyone.

Hostess (short story)

He says asimiv the disease has become much more common since travel between Earth and other planets began, and planets closest to Earth suffer the highest rates. May 08, Samuel Best added it. To spread, the disease controls human behavior, urging men to have wanderlust so they can infect new hosts. Science fiction story writers have often explored how future technology or alien life forms might allow for controlled ” mind transfer “.

Some rare types of cancer are now known to be caused by retroviruses. 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.

Want to Read saving…. By assuming that other people have minds like our own, complete with desires and intentions, we can successfully predict the behavior of other people. Tholan admits that he has come to a conclusion about the cause of the disease, but his research methods are repugnant to other Hawkinsites, so he had to keep it secret.


Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French. He has works published in nine o Hosstess Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor aaimov biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction. Jun 28, Alice rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Perfect Host cover art by Michael Dashow.

Tholan admits that he has come to a conclusion asinov the cause of the disease, but his methods are repugnant to other Hawkinsites, so he had to keep it secret. The story involves an alien medical doctor hosteas visits Earth as part of research into the unique fact that xsimov Earth beings age and die.

Hostess (short story)

He asks if Tholan has any conclusion about how the disease spreads, and she says he appears mystified. Open Preview See a Problem?

Hawkinsite Normal growth and reproduction of biological organisms has always fascinated humans. James Mcclellan rated it it was amazing Sep 16, That night, he mentions to Rose that Tholan had been asking around about him before the visit, and intimates that he is there to see him, not Rose.

So I won’t, because I can’t express in cohesive terms how marvelous this story is. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ofir rated it really liked it Jan 09,