A Statue for Father

"A Statue for Father" is a humorous science fiction short story by American writer Isaac Asimov. The story first appeared in the February 1959 issue of Satellite Science Fiction and was reprinted in the 1975 collection Buy Jupiter and Other Stories.

"A Statue for Father"
Satellite 195902
AuthorIsaac Asimov
LanguageEnglish
Genre(s)Science Fiction, Humor
Published in Satellite Science Fiction, February 1959
Publication typeMagazine
Media typeShort story

Plot summary

A theoretical physicist and his son work on the theory of time travel, and experiment with a method of reaching back into time and retrieving objects (as also occurs in "The Ugly Little Boy" and "Button, Button").

More by serendipity than design, they manage to retrieve a nest of dinosaur eggs which in due course hatch. They keep on working but are unable to repeat the experiment. In the meantime, the dinosaurs grow and are kept as pets. But when one of them accidentally gets electrocuted, they can't resist tasting the flesh beneath the scales and find that it tastes delicious.

The two men decide to raise the dinosaurs to be killed for food and open the first of a successful chain of restaurants dedicated to serving "dinachicken.".

The ironic twist of the title is that the physicist is remembered not for his scientific achievements, but for his culinary discovery.

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Button, Button (Asimov short story)

"Button, Button" is a science fiction short story by American writer Isaac Asimov. The story first appeared in a January 1953 issue of Startling Stories, and was reprinted in the 1975 collection Buy Jupiter and Other Stories. It is one of several stories by Asimov in which he deliberately set out to be funny.

Buy Jupiter and Other Stories

Buy Jupiter and Other Stories is a 1975 collection of short stories by American writer Isaac Asimov. Each story is introduced by a short account of how it came to be written and what was happening in Asimov's life at the time, and follows on from where The Early Asimov (1972) left off. In the introduction, Asimov explains that his objective is to tell enough of his autobiography in his short story collections so that his editors will stop asking him to write an actual autobiography. (However he eventually wrote three volumes of autobiography anyway.)

The book includes the following stories:

"Darwinian Pool Room" (1950)

"Day of the Hunters" (1950)

"Shah Guido G." (1951)

"Button, Button" (1953)

"The Monkey's Finger" (1953)

"Everest" (1953)

"The Pause" (1954)

"Let's Not" (1954)

"Each an Explorer" (1956)

"Blank!" (1957)

"Does a Bee Care?" (1957)

"Silly Asses" (1958)

"Buy Jupiter" (1958)

"A Statue for Father" (1959)

"Rain, Rain, Go Away" (1959)

"Founding Father" (1965)

"Exile to Hell" (1968)

"Key Item" (1968)

"The Proper Study" (1968)

"2430 A.D." (1970)

"The Greatest Asset" (1972)

"Take a Match" (1972)

"Thiotimoline to the Stars" (1973)

"Light Verse" (1973, one of Asimov's positronic robot stories)

Isaac Asimov short stories bibliography

This is a list of short stories by American writer Isaac Asimov. Asimov is principally known for his science fiction, but he also wrote mystery and fantasy stories.

This list includes Asimov's Foundation short stories, which were later collected into three novels known as the Foundation Trilogy.

List of science fiction short stories

This is a non-comprehensive list of short stories with significant science fiction elements.

The Complete Stories (Asimov)

The Complete Stories is a discontinued series intended to form a definitive collection of Isaac Asimov's short stories. Originally published in 1990 (Volume 1) and 1992 (Volume 2) by Doubleday, it was discontinued after the second book of the planned series. Altogether 86 of Asimov's 382 published short stories are collected in these two volumes.

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