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The Martian Way

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  2,765 ratings  ·  41 reviews
This collection of four famous science fiction tales masterfully exemplifies author Isaac Asimov's ability to create quickly a believable human milieu in the midst of alien circumstances. Each of the long stores also shows his considerable skill in fully fleshing out a speculative scientific or social possibility.
Paperback, 203 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Granada Panther (first published 1955)
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The Genevan Way, a short story inspired by Isaac Asimov and some real events

"Oh fuck!!" wailed Not. "Our shower has no hot water again!"

"Don't worry," I said, and quickly assembled an anti-gravity device out of some spare parts we'd just acquired from a CERN friend who was moving house. Pausing only to put on my ex-NASA space suit and pack a laptop, a fondue set, some Gruyère and a bag of stale bread, I blasted off in the direction of Jupiter.

The trip was going to take a good half hour, so I pas
The first story The Martian Way begs the unanswered question: what will happen to the rings of Saturn, its moons, and the planet itself as its ice rings are systematically cut away? Will its moons (especially Pandora and Prometheus, the shepherding moons whose gravitational forces are responsible for the confining, shaping, and gaps between the rings) break their orbit with Saturn to become dangerous planet-killer comets? To what degree will Saturn itself experience atmospheric or orbital change ...more
It's quite fashionable to put Asimov down these days, and I don't recommend this without reservation. One doesn't read Asimov for characterization (For me, the best character he ever created was the robot detective in the "Naked Sun" and "Caves of Steel" novels), prose style, or insight about women (it's a male world in these two novelettes and two short stories). But before 1970 he was good at fashioning concise, hard science, idea-driven fiction. These are all from the early 1950's. The lean p ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Fans
Isaac Asimov is one of my favorite science fiction authors. Some of his novels and story collections I've ranked five stars as simply amazing. Not in style or characterizations--but in ideas. Asimov's style I'd call decent--workmanlike. It's well-crafted but you don't linger over the prose as this thing of beauty. Asimov can (rarely) pull at the heartstrings (try reading the short story "The Ugly Little Boy") and at times he can create, if not complex, then memorable characters. (Such as "the Mu ...more
The title story is one of the first SF stories I ever read. It was anthologized in some 50's collection lent to me by a friend. I never forgot that story. I even retold it to my stepdaughter (6 years old at the time and is in her twenties now) during a relatively long car ride. She retold it as a factual story the next day at school... She has never forgiven me for that.

The other stories in this collection are first rate Asimov.
Laura Morán iglesias
A lo marciano es una historia bastante corta, fácil y rápida de leer. Nunca había leído nada de Asimov y la verdad es que me ha gustado bastante empezar con esta. Pone de relieve muchos problemas subyacentes a la raza humana y lo hace en un contexto de ciencia-ficción que se explica sólo. No necesita grandes descripciones ni un lenguaje muy específico para hacer entender y sentir al lector dónde están y qué está pasando; lo hace a través de conversaciones y descripciones cortas que ofrecen los p ...more
Yanik Franken
A wonderful little bundle with a strong start and ending and lesser stories to fill up.
Both ‘The Martian Way’ and ‘Sucker Bait’ are incredibly well told stories conveying a sense of exploration and delivering very interesting ideas.
I was less impressed with ‘Youth’ and ‘The Deep’, both having interesting themes and ideas but failed to deliver them in an impactful way.
The fact that the back cover revealed the plot twist of ‘Youth’ didn’t help, I might have enjoyed the story more not knowing what
Ali Çetinbudaklar
Üstadın 4 kısa öyküsünün toplandığı bir derleme.Öyküler çeşitli alt türlere ait.Bu öyküler:

Mars Yolu: Politik tabanlı bir bilimkurgu diyebilirim.Dünya İnsanlığın'ın, Mars İnsanlığın'ın gözünün yaşına bakmadığı bir çağı konu alıyor.Mars'ın istediği suyu ancak ticari yollarla tedarik edilebileceğini söyleyen Dünya Hükümeti ve hükümetin bu davranışını öngören Marslı birkaç maceraperest kişiliklerin hayatların pahasına da olsa diğer soğuk gezegenlerden aşırı büyük buz kütlesinin getirme çabalarını k
Adrián Sánchez
Se trata de un conjunto de relatos y novelas cortas en las que Asimov explora temas probables en un futuro como la especialización del conocimiento, el comercio espacial y el autoritarismo entre planetas, también tiene algunas ideas de antropología y la interacción entre especies de diferentes planetas. Más que la caracterización en las tramas de estos relatos lo que trata de expresar Asimov son ideas del comportamiento de la raza humana en el futuro.
Sur Troie, tous les colons sont morts d'une mystérieuse épidémie, et
l'expédition scientifique dépêchée sur place compte sur Mark, un jeune
garçon doté de facultés mémorielles extraordinaires, pour comprendre ce
qui s'est passé. Quant à la colonie martienne, elle est en conflit
économique avec la terre, qui menace de suspendre son approvisionnement
en eau si la situation s'éternise. Mais les résidents de mars sont
résolus à tenir, et prêts à aller chercher de l'eau jusque sur Saturne
s'il le fau
J'avais déjà lu ces nouvelles. Je ne pense pas qu'elles soient les meilleures d'Asimov. J'aime cet auteur, mais je n'ai pas aimé ce livre.
I'd already read it. I usually like Asimov, but it's certainly not the best of him.
In many short stories, there is either something interesting in the setting up of the rules/scenario or the single twist. Here, the twists fail so the book cannot really succeed. The twists are foreshadowed so heavily that it sometimes gets painful. But there was always hope that the book woudl pick up.

In half the stories the twist is that the "alien" is people. In the first story, the shortsighted populist despot is named "Hilder." The fourth story is somewhat interesting because it fo
Edelhart Kempeneers
Leuk om nog eens een boek van Asimov te herlezen. Vanuit astronomisch standpunt weliswaar wat achterhaald, maar de verhalen blijven staan.
1st story is great. So is Sucker Bait at loc 1652. Others were blah, skept.
Darren Robertson
Asimov and short stories go together like two things that are really good together.
4 stories from the master
Fun and imaginative stories written more than 60 years ago. Typical plots transmogrified from terrestrial to interstellar contexts.
Este libro me recuerda las bibliotecas donde pasaba los recreos, comiendo pan con dulce de membrillos Watts envuelto en una servilleta de papel (sin que me viera la bibliotecaria, porque estaba prohibido comer en la biblioteca) mientras leía en una mesita.

Asimov es famoso en NerdWorld. Sus leyes de la robotica pasaron de ser una frase a una realidad...i guess..

Buen librito. Sigamos con esto...aun faltan algunos niños de mi biblioteca...
Aug 27, 2010 Ash rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love Sci-fi stuff, particularly about interstellar travel
Asimov has a wonderful way of writing that interestingly mixes in his plethora of scientific knowledge. My favorite story in this collection was "Sucker Bait," it was interesting the whole time, and hard to walk away from. Asimov also describes the planets that are very much alive in his imagination beautifully, I had a very Fellucia like imagine of Junior the whole story (with the addition of a sun, and shorter vegetation).
Enjoyable, but not amazing. The first story, "The Martian Way," was probably my favorite, and I also enjoyed the last one, "Sucker Bait." But the middle two? Meh. "Youth" felt extremely predictable and kind of cheesy--it was supposed to be clever, I imagine, but...wasn't really. At least not 60 years after the fact. And I just didn't get anything at all out of "The Deep." Fun to read once, but definitely not a keeper.
A collection of four short stories (or maybe technically novellas) from the 1950s. Like much of Asimov's work, the driving force behind all the plots is "what if?" The characters aren't much to write home about, but the concepts and visuals are unforgettable. My favorite is the mental picture I got of floating in space with Saturn looming overhead, as described in the titular story. Breathtaking.
Cat Tobin
A bit lacklustre, this one - not one of his best works. However, to paraphrase a friend's quote about a TV show- even a bad Asimov is still a good book.
A solid collection of four novellas from the mid-1950s. Inventive as always, Asimov touches on, among other topics, the possibility of mining the outer solar system for natural resources, an idea which is coming into its own some 60 years later. Fans of the grand old nerd will likely be pleased.
Alan Hat
This is probably the story I've read the most times.
It deals with a life of adversity considered normal & how they deal with a situation (view spoiler) caused by authorities elsewhere.
These four stories are each different in tone from each other. But they are equally good. I'd recommend this (rare and hard to find) collection to any fan of vintage sci-fi. The second tale, "Youth," is available for free in the iTunes bookstore.
I loved reading all the 4 stories but Sucker Bait was my favorite.. great stories with convincing science (explantions are deep enough to appreciate fully the situation) embedded into a drama of deep space exploration.
The Martian Way and Sucker Bait are two great short stories, but the other two are not as good, but short and definately worth reading. The twist ending of Youth is spoiled on the back cover, so don't read that.
Louis Shalako
Asimov wrote something like 300 books and countless articles. The version of the book that I have has four of his short stories. The last, 'Sucker Bait,' is my favourite in the book.
Keith Bell
I thought I had read almost everything he had written but found this at a library sale and got to experience some "new" stuff from Asimov. (OK so it was published 53 yrs ago)
5 stars for the Martian Way, 4 stars for Sucker Bait, 3 stars for Youth and 2 stars for The Deep... I gave it a 4 because I would have no problem reading the main story again.
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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