Feminine Intuition - Plot Summary

Plot Summary

Clinton Madarian, the successor to Susan Calvin at U.S. Robots, who has just retired, initiates a project to create a "feminine" robot, which not only has female physical characteristics but will, it is hoped, have a brain with "feminine intuition". After several failures, JN-5 (aka Jane) is produced and the company plan to use it (her) to analyse astronomical data at the Lowell Observatory at Flagstaff, Arizona to calculate the most likely stars in the vicinity of Earth to have habitable planets. This will allow the most effective use of the hyperspace drive to explore those stars.

Madarian and Jane go to Flagstaff and after absorbing as much knowledge on astronomy as possible, Jane gives Madarian an answer. Mandarian and Jane board the plane that will take them back to U.S. Robots, and Mandarian calls the director of the company with the news. Unfortunately, he and Jane are killed and destroyed respectively in an aircrash on the way back, before completing the call.

Desperate to know what, if anything, Jane had discovered, U.S. Robots asks Susan Calvin for her assistance. She solves the problem using her own version of feminine intuition - a combination of careful information gathering and astute psychological reasoning. The title of the story is thus highly ironic.

Preceded by:
"Robot Dreams"
Included in:
The Complete Robot
Robot Visions
Robot series
Foundation Series
Followed by:
"Light Verse"
The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov
  • "The Prime of Life"
  • "Feminine Intuition"
  • "Waterclap"
  • ". . . That Thou Art Mindful of Him"
  • "Stranger in Paradise"
  • "The Life and Times of Multivac"
  • "The Winnowing"
  • "The Bicentennial Man"
  • "Marching In"
  • "Old-fashioned"
  • "The Tercentenary Incident"
  • "Birth of a Notion"
The Complete Robot by Isaac Asimov
  • "A Boy's Best Friend"
  • "Sally"
  • "Someday"
  • "Point of View"
  • "Think!"
  • "True Love"
  • "Robot AL-76 Goes Astray"
  • "Victory Unintentional"
  • "Stranger in Paradise"
  • "Light Verse"
  • "Segregationist"
  • "Robbie"
  • "Let's Get Together"
  • "Mirror Image"
  • "The Tercentenary Incident"
  • "First Law"
  • "Runaround"
  • "Reason"
  • "Catch that Rabbit"
  • "Liar!"
  • "Satisfaction Guaranteed"
  • "Lenny"
  • "Galley Slave"
  • "Little Lost Robot"
  • "Risk"
  • "Escape!"
  • "Evidence"
  • "The Evitable Conflict"
  • "Feminine Intuition"
  • ". . . That Thou Art Mindful of Him"
  • "The Bicentennial Man"

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