Search Results: "Isaac Asimov"


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YOURS, ISAAC ASIMOV by Stanley Asimov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A journalist very nearly succeeds in producing a book devoid of news."
For those Isaac Asimov fans who wonder if two long, detailed volumes of autobiography and a book of memoirs might have left any stone unturned, here is a largely mundane collection of comments to peruse. Read full book review >

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THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION OF ISAAC ASIMOV by Isaac Asimov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1986

"Still, Asimovophiles will probably relish the cozy geniality of it all, and some curious browsers may be attracted too."
Twenty-eight tales, 1951-80, chosen by Asimov himself; excluded are the robot yarns (The Complete Robot, 1982), and "Nightfall," his best-known story. Read full book review >

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THE BEST OF ISAAC ASIMOV by Isaac Asimov
Released: Sept. 27, 1974

"Asimov at his best is as good as they come."
Twelve stories by one of SF's masters, starting with a 1939 saga of a cleverly engineered escape from a wrecked spaceship running out of air in the asteroid belt and ending with a 1972 detective story in which an expert on robot psychology deduces which of two mechanical servants is telling the truth. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 15, 1986

"Still: a solid, generous sampling—especially for collections that don't already include all those previous story compilations."
Only seven of the stories here—there are 31 in all—have not appeared before in book form. Read full book review >

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THE EARLY ASIMOV by Isaac Asimov
Released: Sept. 15, 1972

"It's a nostalgic journey through the pulps of the '40's with all Asimov's themes from positronic robots to mathematical psychology to galactic empire putting in an appearance, laced with fond reminiscences of editor John Campbell who presided over SF's golden age and with exhaustive reports on each story clown to the last penny it brought in the marketplace."
The title is only half the story. Read full book review >

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ASIMOV ON SCIENCE FICTION by Isaac Asimov
Released: April 17, 1981

"But dutiful disciples of the Master will at least give it a once-over."
Believe it or not, this 55-piece collection of writings on sf is a first for the prolific, erratic, unself-critical Asimov. Read full book review >

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ASIMOV ON PHYSICS by Isaac Asimov
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1976

"But after all the man doesn't pretend to write anything but mass-produced popular science—and he can't be beat at it."
Of making many books there is no end, saith the Preacher, and he never even met Isaac Asimov. Read full book review >

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ASIMOV ON CHEMISTRY by Isaac Asimov
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 22, 1974

"There are also fascinating tidbits on both the great and the obscure researchers, in addition to better explanations of phenomena such as 'catalysts,' than can be found in most standard chemistry texts."
A recycling of Asimov's articles on chemistry originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Read full book review >

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ISAAC ASIMOV'S TREASURY OF HUMOR by Isaac Asimov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 1971

"Isactly."
Unplugged Isaac's at the typewriter again, this time playing for laughs, guffaws, cackles, squeals, wheezes, whatever he can get. Read full book review >

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I. ASIMOV by Isaac Asimov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"Mixed in with the bons mots and the gossip are true stories about Asimov's novels and short fiction that fans will cherish. Perhaps most gratifying of these is the confession of astonishment Asimov expressed upon reaching bestseller status, late in his life."
Asimov, knighted a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, was an eloquent raconteur; in fact, the book reads like a one-sided conversation, as he shares his opinions on surviving Star Trek conventions, other science fiction authors' egos, and, of course, his own career. Read full book review >

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Released: April 30, 1984

"Except for a foolish 1937 pulp piece about antimatter, then: an attention-worthy gathering—even if the arbitrariness of the assemblage irritates."
Another "best of" collection, with a particularly tenuous premise: twelve stories, 1839-1966—representing the "first appearance of an interesting idea" (though even here Asimov quibbles a bit). Read full book review >