Search Results: "Isaac Asimov"


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THE STARS IN THEIR COURSES by Isaac Asimov
Released: Feb. 12, 1970

"Sure it does."
This non-technical, misnamed study is not about the movement and make-up of the stars. 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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Released: June 28, 1979

"False leads, true finds, theories rejected and resurrected, and an outright fraud (Piltdown Man) are all part of the story, which Asimov tells with matter-of-fact dispatch if not distinction. (Wool's drawings, however, give the book a cheap, dreary, textbookish look.)"
From belief in Adam and Eve and a 6,000-year-old universe, Asimov traces the discoveries that have helped us piece together the history of man's origins. Read full book review >

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THE ROMAN EMPIRE by Isaac Asimov
Released: March 1, 1967

"Despite its positive points, most youngsters will find this unrewardingly tedious and would be better served by a more selective approach."
The Table of Contents, a tabulation of ruling lines and rulers, is the tip-off: like its predecessor, The Roman Republic (1966, 515, J-175), this is detailed political history, reign by reign, in this case, with occasional sorties into literature, philosophy and science. Read full book review >

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THE STARS, LIKE DUST by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1951

"Top writing, with a welcome interpersion of humor often rare in the field."
The U.S. Constitution whoofs across a thousand years of time and a million light years of space to bring peace and freedom to the Kingdom of the Horsehead Nebula and prove itself the Universe's strongest weapon. Read full book review >

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HOW DID WE FIND OUT ABOUT OUTER SPACE? by Isaac Asimov
Released: June 15, 1977

"An often sketched chronology, painlessly retraced."
Space flight, not what's out there, is the subject of Asimov's latest historically ordered explanation, which begins with the story of Daedalus and proceeds rapidly to the Montgolfiers (who, noting that hot air rose, built the first balloons) and the Wrights (who first put a powered motor on a glider). 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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Released: April 8, 1974

"Marginal."
The latest in Asimov's lightweight science history series covers the well-worn path from Leeuwenhoek's observations with his primitive lenses to the discovery of the tobacco mosaic virus. 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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Released: Sept. 7, 1984

"With some amusing repartee, a few clever notions, and those half-endearing Asimov afterwords: more of the talky, easygoing same for those who relished Tales (1974), More Tales (1976), and the Casebook (1980) of the Black Widowers."
Twelve more gimmick-mysteries for the high-I.Q. Black Widowers to puzzle over after dinner at their monthly meetings—with, as usual, the plausible solutions always provided by waiter Henry. Read full book review >

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FAMILIAR POEMS, ANNOTATED by Isaac Asimov
Released: Jan. 7, 1976

Well, there can't be too many worlds left for the old pansophist to conquer, short of Great Recipes from Isaac Asimov—and maybe it's a tactical error to mention that. Read full book review >

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COUNTING THE EONS by Isaac Asimov
Released: Jan. 1, 1982

"Mild introductory anecdotes, uncritical but pleasantly digestible explanations: a decided improvement over Asimov's last, ill-judged F & SF compendium, The Sun Shines Bright (1981)."
A further collection of essays (1980-81) from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction: 16 informative pieces (plus one Miltonian flight of fancy) which Asimov, in a genial and urbane preface, hopes will help counteract the anti-science and narrow-mindedness fostered by the Moral Majority and the Creationists. Read full book review >