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Who here has read Asimov's attempts at humor -- such as Limericks: Too Gross, and the Sensuous Dirty Old Man?
Do these add to your estimation of Asimov's literary talents....or detract?
(For me they add.)
I'd put it this way - the book doesn't improve his stature as a great writer, but it does show him as someone who had more than a 'pretty good' sense of intellectual ribald humor. He is probably the one male I wish most I could have shared a double date with. The conversation between the two couples would have been fantastic (from my standpoint - can't speak for him.)
* sigh *
He did get attacked for an editorial he wrote for Asimov's SF Magazine, where he said when he had to choose between characterization and plot, he always chose plot. Later he explained that he preferred not to have to choose, but he felt in science fiction, plot is more important. And he was probably correct. It says something when I feel his most memorable characters are robots. They may not be literary masterpieces, but his stories are still wonderful!