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The Up-To-Date Sorcerer

Isaac Asimov

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The Up-to-Date Sorcerer is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. It was first published in the July 1958 issue of Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and reprinted in the 1969 collection Nightfall and Other Stories.Requested andMoreThe Up-to-Date Sorcerer is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. It was first published in the July 1958 issue of Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and reprinted in the 1969 collection Nightfall and Other Stories.Requested and encouraged by editor Anthony Boucher, the story is a deliberate attempt by the author to write something humorous that incorporates his love of the complex yet logical plots found in the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. It consists largely of a series of puns on the opera The Sorcerer.Quotes from Gilbert and Sullivan operas occur frequently in Asimovs stories- also in some of his verses explaining how he thinks up new plots for his stories. The words up-to-date in the title refer to the titles of musical burlesques of the 1880s and early 1890s like Faust up to date. In 1894, also, George Augustus Sala wrote a book called London Up to Date.Professor Wellington Johns, an endocrinologist, experiments with a love philtre (which he terms his amatogenic cortical principle), that causes those who take it to fall helplessly in love with the first person they see. Johns students, Alice Sanger and Alexander Dexter, become entangled in philtre-induced promises of marriage.