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Isaac Asimov: The Complete Story VI: 1

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Overview: Isaac Asimov: The Complete Story VI: 1

The first book of the definitive three-volume collection of short stories by the prolific Isaac Asimov, whose tales have delighted countless fans for over half a century--a must for every science fiction bookshelf. Editorial Reviews This collection of 40 stories, ranging from the mundane to the inspired, offers a sufficient variety to tempt both the newcomer and the devoted fan. The difficulties of day-to-day life for settlers on the planet Mars are revealed in the classic ``The Martian Way.'' When an isolationist Earth government suddenly declares that it is cutting back on the water necessary for the Spacers to survive, these rugged pioneers must find the future on their own. Asimov's world-controlling super-computer Multivac appears in ``The Life and Times of Multivac.'' Although this man-made intelligence nurtures the tiny population of humans that survived the catastrophes of the 20th century, its good deeds are met with resentment. But when the computer is tricked into short-circuiting, the dazed humans aren't prepared to handle the responsibility of their own lives. Salvation, however, rests in the hands of Asimov's robots: devoted, patient, almost loving servants. In the award-winning ``The Bicentennial Man,'' a robot who is accidentally endowed with artistic ability is treated as a freak by his human betters, yet he spends his entire existence seeking only one thing: human form. (Apr.) About The Author: To list Isaac Asimov's honors, as to list his books, would be excessive. Let it simply be noted that Isaac Asimov was the most famous, most honored, most widely read, and most beloved science fiction author of all time. In his five decades as an author, he wrote more than four hundred books, won every award his readers and colleagues could contrive to give him, and provided pleasure and insight to millions. He died in 1992, still at work. Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins . Name: Isaac Asimov Date of Birth: January 20, 1920 Place of Birth:

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  • Broadway Books
Product Details
Language English
Publication Date October 1, 1990
Publisher Broadway Books
Contributor(s) Isaac Asimov
Binding Paperback
Edition 1st ed
Book Volume 1
Page Count 624
ISBN 10 038541627X
ISBN 13 9780385416276
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 743.9 grams
Product Dimensions 15 cm x 3.3 cm x 23.4 cm
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     Not the typical Sci-Fi stories. Asimov is a GENIUS 14 February, 2014 On Junglee.com
    I 'discovered' Asimov recently (thanks to my husband). Started off with this collection of 3 volumes with almost 50 stories and I was completely bowled over.

    Asimov's stories are not just fantastic but they are incredible. At times, you have to literally stop reading and THINK. Yes, this man makes you THINK ... and THINK HARD.

    Each of his stories have an intellectual angle or paradox in them.

    Let me give a couple of examples ...

    The story - 'Dead Past' - is about viewing a past event (through a device) so it is almost like time travel ... without the 'actual' travel. The story is about an inventor who want to build a chronoscope which will enable him to 'see' events of the past for purely academic reasons of historical research.

    The moment the device is built, the researcher's wife's perspective comes into play along with a few other ones and we realize the trouble the chronoscope can get many people into.
    He reaslises that people will get so drawn into the device that they would start living their present life 'in the past' over and over again and not come to the present at all. I had never thought about time travel like that. And that is not the end, there is yet another perspective related to 'privacy' and the fundamental question of when does 'past' begin ???

    I have read a lot about time travel in stories but no one talked about it the way Asimov did.

    Lets take another example... In the story ‘Profession’, Asimov tells the story of a kid who 'cannot' be education. The thing is ... in that world, education is 'loaded' directly into the minds of teenagers electronically in seconds based on the analysis of their brain patterns and find suitable 'education' for them. AND the results of this kid say that he cannot be educated.

    Problem ... right ??? But the problem is not as simple as that. you have to read the story to understand what Asimov is getting at and you are surprised / shocked / startled when you reach the end of the story. its sheer GENIUS !!

    If you don't enjoy sci-fi, you might have ignored Asimov till now. DON'T ...

    He is an author that anyone can read. Everyone should read.
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