Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories, Volume 1

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.)
Library Journal
This ongoing effort to collect all the stories of sf's most prolific writer contains 40 samples of Asimov's talent, including ``The Martian Way'' and ``The Bicentennial Man.''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385416276
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Series: Isaac Asimov Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 301,833
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Isaac Asimov
The godfather of science fiction, Isaac Asimov is the genre’s undisputed master and one of the most prolific authors of all time. From his famous Foundation trilogy to his later stories, Asimov took fiction to new, strange, and often wondrous places.

Biography

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.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      January 20, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Petrovichi, Russia
    1. Date of Death:
      April 6, 1992
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

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