Isaac Asimov

Not all scicence-fiction stories are pointless: Ayatollah Khamenei


“The Bicentennial Man,” by Isaac Asimov (1920--1992) has recently been published in Farsi. I came across it. In this book, a robot suddenly develops intellect, conscience and comprehension capability! This is far beyond the scientific realities of our time, that is to say that science does not allow such a thing. However, it is entertaining, but not in a useless way, it’s not nonsense; the book opens up new horizens into the mind, and this is a good thing. These types of books have always existed. There were stories which were only part of the imagination, at the time they were written, but now they are closer to reality.

Statements at a meeting with members of IRIB department of knowledge, February 04, 1992