"2430 A.D.--Too Late For the Space Ark"

Title"2430 A.D.--Too Late For the Space Ark"
Year for Search1970
AuthorsAsimov, Isaac (1920-92)
Secondary TitleIBM Magazine
Pagination26-29
Date PublishedOctober 1970
KeywordsUS author
Annotation

Conformist dystopia in an overpopulated world. The focus of the story is one man who keeps the last zoo, holding the last few small animals on the planet. For the good of society, he is asked to get rid of them. He does and kills himself also. “And after that there was really perfection. for all over the Earth, there was … not one unsettling thought, not one unusual idea, to disturb the universal placidity that meant that the exquisite nothingness of uniformity had at last been achieved” (165-66).

Additional Publishers

Rpt. without the subtitle in his Buy Jupiter and Other Stories (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1975), 159-66.

Holding Institutions

MoU-St, PSt

Author Note

The author (1920-92) was born in Russia, brought to the U. S. age three, and became a U. S. citizen in 1928

Full Text

1970 Asimov, Isaac (1920-92). “2430 A. D.–Too Late For the Space Ark.” IBM Magazine (October 1970): 26-29. Rpt. without the subtitle in his Buy Jupiter and Other Stories (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1975), 159-66. MoU-St, PSt

Conformist dystopia in an overpopulated world. The focus of the story is one man who keeps the last zoo, holding the last few small animals on the planet. For the good of society, he is asked to get rid of them. He does and kills himself also. “And after that there was really perfection. for all over the Earth, there was … not one unsettling thought, not one unusual idea, to disturb the universal placidity that meant that the exquisite nothingness of uniformity had at last been achieved” (165-66). The author was born in Russia, brought to the U. S. age three, and became a U. S. citizen in 1928.