Silly Asses

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Silly Asses is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. It was published in the February 1958 issue of Future Science Fiction,[1] after having been twice rejected by other outlets. It was subsequently included in the collections Have You Seen These? in 1974[2] and Buy Jupiter and Other Stories in 1975. It runs to less than two pages in paperback.

Plot summary[edit]

As the people of Earth develop atomic power, they are recorded as having achieved maturity by the Galactic keeper of records. But when the keeper learns that they have not yet penetrated space, and that they test their atomic weapons on the planetary surface, he strikes them from the record, commenting that Earth people are 'Silly Asses'.

Story notes[edit]

The author was influenced by the rival atomic tests by the Soviet Union and the USA.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.asimovonline.com/oldsite/sf_fantasy_story_list.html#Silly%20Asses
  2. ^ http://www.nesfa.org/press/Books/Asimov.html