I’m not sure if there’s some baseline requirement for what makes you eligible for a commemorative plaque, but I think any commemorative plaque that wouldn’t be up for commemorating the late, great Isaac Asimov is no sort of commemorative plaque I want any part of. That’s my convoluted way of saying this: there’s a petition to get legendary science fiction writer Isaac Asimov a commemorative plaque up in Philadelphia, and you should totally sign it.
The Philadelphia Weekly has started the petition on Change.org, which proposes slapping a snazzy historical marker up on the home where Asimov lived during the 1940s. Asimov lived in Philly for three years, from 1942 – 1945, while working as a chemist at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. They were productive years indeed, with Asimov working on both his Foundation series and his Robot series, which gave us the iconic Three Laws of Robotics:
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
I’m all for recognizing the legacy of one of our beloved genre’s greatest writers, so I’ve already slapped my digital John Hancock onto the petition. You don’t have to be a resident of Philly to sign the petition, so there’s no excuse not to. Unless you have a crippling phobia of signing petitions, in which case I’ve already started a petition to force you to sign this petition! Myuh ha ha ha haaaaa!
As of this posting, the petition is around 600 signatures shy of its goal. Make it happen, my Giant Freakin’ Minions! Make it happen!