Search Results: "Isaac Asimov"


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Released: Sept. 1, 1981

"Both books contain the odd interesting item, but Solar Power has at best a skimpy utility and Volcanoes less."
These latest additions to Asimov's science-history series don't explain their scientific subjects with any flair or special care. Read full book review >

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FORWARD THE FOUNDATION by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 6, 1993

"A moving valedictory performance."
The final science-fiction novel by the legendary Asimov—a prequel to his widely acclaimed Foundation Trilogy, written in the 1940's. Read full book review >

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THE CURRENTS OF SPACE by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 29, 1952

"Way off in the wild blue yonder — for the faithful."
An earthman's mind is turned off and its slow return, on the planet Florinda, sets in motion the activities of Townman Myrlyn Terens, the espionage systems of Sark and Trantor, and the conclaves of the Squires. Read full book review >

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TALES OF THE BLACK WIDOWERS by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 14, 1974

"As insubstantial as cotton candy and as sweet."
These appealing five-finger exercises all involve meetings of a misogynistic secret society, the Black Widowers, who foregather monthly at a restaurant to eat good food and to quiz a single nonmember guest on his profession, interests and vagaries. Read full book review >

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OPUS 300 by Isaac Asimov
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 10, 1984

"With official autobiography, and also running commentary—noting background and mood, saluting or mourning friends: the ruminative as well as the energetic Asimov, already on the road to Opus 400."
As promised, Asimov's 300th book comes out just before his 65th birthday, in January. Read full book review >

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ADDING A DIMENSION by Isaac Asimov
Released: June 5, 1964

"The last essay, an attempt to list the ten greatest scientists of all time, poses a challenging problem to which the author ought to devote a whole book."
Another group of Asimov essays on scientific subjects gathered this time from the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Read full book review >

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THE NAKED SUN by Isaac Asimov
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 24, 1956

"As in Caves of Steel (1954), purposeful projection."
A murder on Solaria returns Elijah Baley, human, and R. Daneel Olivaw, robot, to partnership in crime hunting. Read full book review >

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THE HUMAN BODY by Isaac Asimov
Released: Feb. 28, 1963

"For those hypochondriacal theme writers who always pick some anatomical obscurity, Asimov goes from impacted wisdom teeth to ingrown toenails."
Limb by limb, organ by organ, occasionally cell by cell, Asimov describes man in terms of his chemical and structural nature. 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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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 >

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MARS, THE RED PLANET by Isaac Asimov
Released: Oct. 26, 1977

"Superior."
Like Jupiter (1973) and Alpha Centauri (1976) this presents information about Mars, and how Mars was used as a reference in plotting the solar system, in a solid astronomical context. 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 >