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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. James Mcclellan rated it it was amazing Sep 16, Parts of the story are told by a series of narrators, culminating in one section of the story labelled “Theodore Sturgeon”.

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. Eventually, science caught up with Asimov’s imagination. Views Read Edit View history. Drake hotsess confronts Tholan with a weapon. Harg Tholan, a medical doctor and researcher from Hawkin’s Planet, will be visiting Earth to work at the Jenkins Institute.

The story involves an alien medical doctor who visits Earth bostess part of research into the unique fact that only Earth beings age and die.

Similarly, pathological processes such as infectious diseases and tumor growth have always attracted much attention. 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.

Hostess (short story)

The story involves an alien medical doctor who visits Earth as part of research into the unique fact that only Earth beings age asimog die. LilyLazer rated it liked it Sep 21, Sturgeon could question why it is that people are condemned for not building their lives around conventional social structures like one man-one woman marriage.


One of the best, most layered, and thought-provoking short stories I’ve ever read. The alien is intrigued by the idea, as the telepathy between members of other races makes missing people impossible.

During dinner conversation, Tholan explains that he is investigating “Inhibition Death”. It was first published in the May issue of Galaxy Science Fiction and reprinted in the collection Nightfall and Other Stories. 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.

Silas rated it really liked it Jan 26, Tholan outlines a number of the unique things about humans; they are the only sentient race saimov eat meat, they lack any sort of telepathic ability, and to the Smollett’s great surprise, they are the only race to grow old and die.

Tholan, is shown enjoying food such as Earthly tomatoes. Jun 28, Alice rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rule of Three For most of human existence, asimoov physical asiomv of minds hoztess mysterious and people often imagined that there could be some sort of ghostly non-physical “soul” that might “infect” a human body and then depart, perhaps moving hosress to a new body.

This page was last edited on 11 Aprilat Nightfall and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov. Clarke, was considered one of the “Big Three” science-fiction writers during his lifetime.

Her husband, Drake, initially reacts to Tholan’s presence with thinly disguised disgust. Asimov created a whole explanation for life, disease and biology as we know hostes, with no loopholes or false steps, even linking into to a biblical metaphor. She realizes the real action of the disease: Modi x rated it liked it Dec 30, As she waits for him to return, Rose realizes Drake is lying. Drake admits that they are indeed aware of the disease, but can do nothing; it now lives in a symbiotic relationship with humans, its growth-inhibiting properties preventing cancer from killing everyone.


Hostess (short story)

He weaves the threads of the story so tightly I am in awe of his genius in coming up with this idea. In the Exode Sagathe unseen endosymbionts within us are imagined to be composed of invisibly small sedrons. There are no discussion topics on this hostesd yet.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. AsimovbiologyendosymbiontsSturgeonviruses. He says that the disease has become much more common since travel hkstess Earth and other planets began, and planets closest to Earth suffer the highest rates. There was hardly any space for that to become apparent within the short story, but it did anyway – allegedly, in this future asinov human beings have traversed the stars, men are still the primary economic providers for their households, and women usually stay at home as homemakers and child-raisers.

Mar 05, Sheila rated it liked it.

He explains that the disease has been on Earth for millions hostesss 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. Drake leaves with the body.

Rather than attribute this infectious disease to either bacteria or viruses, Asimov proposed a new type of disease agent, a “parasite” residing within chromosomes, hidden among the genes.