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gijosh28
July 11th, 2011, 03:16 AM
Hi All,

Brand new to the forum. I've been searching for a story I read a long time ago, but all the words I use to search for it bring up too much garbage to sift through on the search engines. I am a huge Asimov fan and have been reading his stories my whole life, so it may be one of his, however I could swear it was in a book of short stories that had something to do with Kurt Vonnegut (contained one of his stories, or editted by him, etc.), but it may just be because I read "The Report on the Barnhouse Effect," around the same time.

The story was about a few guys playing pool, and while they were playing pool they were discussing robots. The end of the story has one of the guys hypothesizing that robots are/will be the evolution of man. I thought the name of the story was something like "Darwins Pool Table," but searches for that have yielded nothing. Does this sound remotely familiar to anyone?

Thanks for the help,
Josh

Ropie
July 11th, 2011, 10:17 AM
There is an Asimov story called 'The Billiard Ball'

http://www.asimovreviews.net/Stories/Story019.html

Could that be it?

Chuffalump
July 11th, 2011, 06:13 PM
Nah.

That one is about using a billiard ball in a null-gravity field to murder a competitor.

gijosh28
July 12th, 2011, 06:25 PM
Yeah thats not it. Thanks for the try though.

Charlie
September 13th, 2013, 01:17 PM
I can't be more specific, but the setting sounds like one of Arthur C. Clarke's "Tales of the White Hart" stories.

Charlie

gijosh28
September 13th, 2013, 04:29 PM
I can't be more specific, but the setting sounds like one of Arthur C. Clarke's "Tales of the White Hart" stories.

Charlie

I will download that book and check it out tonight.

Uglemor
September 20th, 2013, 05:06 PM
Hi All,

Brand new to the forum. I've been searching for a story I read a long time ago, but all the words I use to search for it bring up too much garbage to sift through on the search engines. I am a huge Asimov fan and have been reading his stories my whole life, so it may be one of his, however I could swear it was in a book of short stories that had something to do with Kurt Vonnegut (contained one of his stories, or editted by him, etc.), but it may just be because I read "The Report on the Barnhouse Effect," around the same time.

The story was about a few guys playing pool, and while they were playing pool they were discussing robots. The end of the story has one of the guys hypothesizing that robots are/will be the evolution of man. I thought the name of the story was something like "Darwins Pool Table," but searches for that have yielded nothing. Does this sound remotely familiar to anyone?

Thanks for the help,
Josh
Darwinian Pool Room by Isaac Asimov

gijosh28
September 21st, 2013, 11:02 AM
Darwinian Pool Room by Isaac Asimov

So I researched that title, and found it listed as a short story in Buy Jupiter by Isaac Asimov. This sounds absolutely right, and I remember owning that book, and I even think I remember it being in that book, but I have downloaded several copies of it, and it's not in any of them. Wikipedia lists it as being among the stories in that book. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buy_Jupiter_and_Other_Stories

But the book is not available for purchase anywhere that I found (google play, nook, kindle), so I downloaded it through pirate bay.

There are three versions of it in this torrent. https://thepiratebay.sx/torrent/4135282/Isaac_Asimov_collection

There is another version of it in this torrent. https://thepiratebay.sx/torrent/6155781/Isaac_Asimov_for_Kindle

None of them have that story.

Uglemor, you've gotten me pretty close and I really appreciate it.

Uglemor
September 21st, 2013, 04:23 PM
http://www.amazon.com/The-End-Summer-Science-Fiction/dp/0441206573

rainswept
September 21st, 2013, 11:33 PM
I have the 1977 Fawcett Crest edition of Buy Jupiter on my shelf, and it's definitely in there.

All the editions are readily available on Abebooks (http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=asimov&sts=t&tn=buy+jupiter) starting around a buck.