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The Fun They Had: Introduction
The Fun They Had: Plot Summary
The Fun They Had: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Fun They Had: Themes
The Fun They Had: Quotes
The Fun They Had: Characters
The Fun They Had: Terms
The Fun They Had: Symbols
The Fun They Had: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Isaac Asimov
Historical Context of The Fun They Had
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- Full Title: “The Fun They Had”
- When Written: Early 1950s
- Where Written: United States of America
- When Published: First published in a children’s newspaper in 1951 and reprinted in the February 1954 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Fiction
- Literary Period: Post-War, Golden Age of Science Fiction
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Setting: The year 2155 at Margie’s house
- Point of View: Third-Person Limited
Extra Credit for The Fun They Had
A Small Favor. Although Asimov wrote “The Fun They Had” as a personal favor for one of his friends, the short story became one of the biggest surprise successes of his career and was reprinted more than 30 times, including its publication in The Best of Isaac Asimov.
Robotics and Electronics. Asimov is the first person to coin and use the word robotics in print in his science fiction short story entitled “Liar!” which was published in the May 1941 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. Asimov was not aware that he created the term because he already assumed that the word referenced the science and technology of robots, similar to the word electronics.