Search Results: "Isaac Asimov"


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Released: Jan. 23, 1978

"Brisk—if you feel that the Apple flavoring warrants the new line."
. . . or All Around the Town with Encyclopedia Brown. Read full book review >

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FOUNDATION by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 30, 1951

"The story of this colony's survival and eventual command of the broken empire sustains the narrative which is- this time-better science than fiction."
First of a three-book series covering the world of remote tomorrows, the effectiveness of this first volume is curtailed by its attempt to cover more than a century in time with its many generations of characters. Read full book review >

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QUASAR, QUASAR, BURNING BRIGHT by Isaac Asimov
NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 1978

"Leave it to Asimov to supply such figures, along with familiar comparisons and ingenious analogies, which together make the revelations of science wondrous and never tedious."
Another Asimov Anthology, this one of pieces that appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1986

"Asimov is, as always, a genial guide through this scientific and quasi-scientific information; but his emphasis on 'this won't really happen' seems unnecessary, as does his extended commentary on material commissioned by a toy company and obviously intended as an amusing trifle, not as a serious prediction."
This featherweight non-book reproduces a series of advertising cards designed by French commercial artist Jean Marc Cote in 1899 to celebrate the new century and to offer lighthearted predictions about what life would be like "en l'an 2000." 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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Released: June 7, 1973

"118), to rediscover with the ancients."
Numerals, not numbers, are the subject of this survey of how man gradually developed handier words and symbols to express "how many." 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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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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THE GODS THEMSELVES by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 1972

"Asimov's following will enjoy the innovative clutter of math, physics, and those oozy para-Universe 'Soft Ones,' but articulated speculations proceed at a long, slow crawl."
Asimov's first full-length science fiction novel in 15 years features an impossible glut of protons, called "Plutonium-186," starter for a two-way energy-flow project between Earth and a parallel universe. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 1980

"Asimov, ever admirable if exasperating, ends the book on the rebound, pounds lighter, and enthusiastic over projects to come—including (you guessed it) a fulfillment of the book's last line: 'To be continued.'"
The second volume of Asimov's blockbuster autobiography (begun with In Memory Yet Green, 1979) picks him up at age 34, teaching biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine and under fire as a sci-fi sensation, and leaves him, at 58, the Compleat Science Writer, dubbed by George Gaylord Simpson "a natural wonder and a natural resource." Read full book review >

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MORE WORDS OF SCIENCE by Isaac Asimov
NON-FICTION
Released: April 26, 1972

"The mix makes no sense at all but you'll upset your circadian rhythm and cut into your rem sleep turning just one more page and then another to the final zinjanthropus and zpg."
Partly to keep up with the vocabulary explosion that has occurred since Asimov's Words of Science (1959), a sequel with the same alphabetical arrangement and rather discursive style, with no more reference or basic educational value than its predecessor but the same irresistible browsability. Read full book review >

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CASEBOOK OF THE BLACK WIDOWERS by Isaac Asimov
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 4, 1979

"So these are stories for a very limited audience—those with a taste for miniature game-playing, eager (but not genuinely erudite) dinner conversation, and Asimov's incorrigible verbal playfulness."
The third collection of Asimov's "Black Widowers" stories from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine—each tale consisting of 90% talk as the yakky Widowers discuss a crime puzzle over their fancy club dinners; as Asimov admits, "the mysteries, as mysteries, can be described, discussed, and solved in about a quarter of the space I devote to each." Read full book review >