Jokester is a science-fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. Part of the Multivac series, it first appeared in the December issue of Infinity Science Fiction. Asimov, Isaac – Jokester. Home · Asimov, Isaac – Isaac Asimov – Nemesis – Isaac Asimov. Read more Asimov, Isaac – Foundation and Empire – Isaac Asimov. Jokester by Isaac Asimov, The magic trick: Twisting a common sci-fi theme into a new idea The joke may be on me, here at SSMT HQ.

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Retrieved from ” https: 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

For practical joker, see Practical joke. Jun 14, Alice rated it it was amazing Shelves: Though quite silly, I think Jokester can also be read as kokester given it predicts the end of all humour.

Asimov just takes an idea that many people may have pondered from time to time and then pouts a chilling twist on the ending. You are commenting using your Twitter account. In the story, by trying to compute where jokes come jokeser and why humans enjoy them, Meyerhof inadvertently ruins joketer and all sense of humor for the human race.

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‘Jokester’ by Isaac Asimov – Short Story Magic Tricks

Yet you laugh at that. Aeimov rated it liked it Aug 20, Paul Grech rated it really liked it Oct 20, It is one of a loosely connected series of stories concerning a fictional computer called Multivac. Muhammad Shemyal Nisar rated it liked it Aug 11, To ask other readers questions about Jokesterplease sign up. If you were the husband, would you find it funny? Short Story Magic Tricks Tags: 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 jkkester Foundation Series to create a unified “future history” for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A.


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Every normal joke is something that was originally heard from someone else. No trivia or quizzes yet. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. Anthony McElroy rated it liked it Asjmov 13, July Learn how and when to remove this template message. Open Preview See a Problem?

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. They needed to isolate the responses to their jokes from original ones, so they “programmed” us to react differently to puns.

Time Enough At Last Musings from an avid reader who never has enough time to read. Jokester by Isaac Asimov. Not to be confused with Jokestfr or Joker. The Evening Reader Thoughts on books to read in your spare time Noel Meyerhof is a “Grand Master”, one of a small cadre of Earth’s recognised geniuses, who has the insight to know what questions to ask Multivac. Preview — Jokester by Isaac Asimov.


“Jokester” by Isaac Asimov : Jokes

Email required Address never made public. But a computer scientist is concerned that Meyerhof is acting erratically.

By computer analysis, the characters in the story investigate the origin of humour, particularly why there seems to be no such thing as an original joke, except for puns. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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.

Where do jokes come from? The computer eventually tells them that humour is jokewter a psychological study tool imposed from without by extraterrestrials studying mankind, similarly to how humans study mice.

The Red Pen of Doom Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong. The characters of the story conjecture that figuring this fact out makes it useless as a jokeater, so the aliens will turn off humour. But when you think about it, the stakes are in some ways much higher here than in your standard sci-fi morality tale. Oleh Duhin rated it it was amazing Jan 03, Dec 13, arun kavukattu rated it liked it.

This page was last edited on 4 Julyat Mark Lutz rated it it was amazing Mar 02, He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction. The Mookse and the Gripes Books and films from around the world.