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William Tenn was the pseudonym of Philip Klass (1920 - 2010), a science fiction author born in London. He grew up in Brooklyn, and served during WWII as a combat engineer in Europe. He started writing stories while working at Bell Labs as a technical editor. He taught English and comparative literature at Penn State University for 24 years.
(Phil Klass, who wrote as William Tenn)
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Three Genetic Parents? How About Seven?
Fortunately, science fiction writers have been thinking ahead on the idea that a single child might have three or more genetic parents.
This Species Has Seven Sexes
Its seven sexes are rather prosaically named I, II, III, IV, V, VI and VII.
Toyota's Human Support Robot - Your Robot Butler
'Her idea of what a butler-valet combo should look like - sort of in the ancient English tradition...' - William Tenn, 1951.
RoboThespian - Robot Comedian Wants Louis CK's Job
Even on microwire that file of jokes took up a lot of space...- William Tenn, 1951.
A.L.O. Robot Butler Serves You At Aloft Hotel
'Her idea of what a butler-valet combo should look like...'- William Tenn, 1951.
Ginger the LOLbot
'His capacity to distinguish between gags that are partly funny and gags that are very funny'- William Tenn, 1951.
3 Parent Embryos Approved By Bioethicists
' A tkan merely courts a mlenb and is attracted to a good guur...' - William Tenn, 1949.
Comedian Robot Named Data
'[The] capacity to distinguish between gags that are partly funny and gags that are very funny' - William Tenn, 1951.
Pun Generation Via Neural Nets
'You said you wanted him to be able to distinguish between laugh-power in different gags...' - William Tenn, 1951.
Memes Now Come From Neural Nets
'Your order said for him to be able to be able to work out twists on the gags in the file...' - William Tenn, 1951.
Pathways Language Model (PaLM) Is No Joke
'Electronic differentiation of the grotesque, as it says in the specifications - in man, a sense of humor.' - William Tenn, 1951.
Ubik Spray Can
Metal Message In Space