This 1950 novel launched the great Asimov's remarkable-and prolific-career. Joseph Schwartz, a retired Chicago tailor, finds himself transported to a future Earth that now is part of the first Galactic Empire-and despised by the other planets. Earth has become so crowded and impoverished that residents face mandatory death at 60. Joseph Schwartz is 62 (oops!). With a setup like that, how can you not buy it.