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 ยท 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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In the story, by trying to compute where jokes come from and why humans enjoy them, Meyerhof inadvertently ruins any and all sense of humor for the human race. Usually that kind of idea focuses on weapons or military jokesher complexes; maybe an overreliance on computers or overambitions in the field of medicine. But when you think about it, the stakes are in some ways much higher here than in jokwster standard sci-fi morality tale.


Humanity losing its sense of humor forever? That is an extreme end, and certainly one that is original and thought-provoking. Yet you laugh at that.

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