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The Martian Way

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  3,094 Ratings  ·  54 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, 192 pages
Published 1971 by Panther (first published January 1st 1951)
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Manny
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
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Kat
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
Richard
Jun 24, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Olga Pogynaiko
Aug 28, 2016 Olga Pogynaiko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Азімов - моя запізніла любов. Взагалі, в дитинстві я дуже любила фантастику, але попри непогану домашню бібліотеку і міську бібліотеку біля сьомої школи, куди я в тому віці справно ходила (цікаво, чи вона ще там є), Азімов якось пройшов повз мене. Взагалі пройшов. Перше знайомство - аудіокнига у статусі вже директорки книгарні (задооовго після того, як я любила фантастику). Я була вражена. Ідея "Кінця вічності" досі крутиться мені в голові. А цю книжку я взагалі знайшла на дачі на стриху. Попере ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
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Denis
Jul 14, 2014 Denis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcover
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.
Jay
May 25, 2016 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some time in the early 1950s, a publisher named Twaine (I've also seen it spelled Twayne) had a novel (ooh sorry for the pun) idea: get a bona fide scientist to visualize, in detail, a fictional alien planet that could actually exist according to known physical laws: its star type, its orbital characteristics, its climate and age, and the various life forms that might have evolved there—including, perhaps, intelligent natives. Then hand that world off to three well-known science fiction writers ...more
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
Mar 18, 2015 Yanik Franken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mark Oppenlander
This isn't really a set of short stories, but rather a collection of two novellas and two short stories. The opening novella, "The Martian Way," describes Mars' dependence on Earth for water, a dependence that the clever colonists soon find a way to eliminate. "Youth" is a first contact story of sorts, where young children stumble across explorers from another world without really knowing what they have found. "The Deep" imagines a group of humans who long ago moved underground and must now re-e ...more
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.
Charles Harrison
Short stories in my mind fall into three camps: Ones which are part of a larger story (most of the Niven and Heinlein that I have read), stories that could be expanded but aren't and stories that are complete and can't be expanded. This collection is of the later type there is a beautiful twist ending, as well as a couple of really thought provoking concepts. Worth a read for some classic golden age sci fi.
Christophe
Jun 02, 2013 Christophe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ryan Niman
Jan 21, 2016 Ryan Niman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From a scientific/technology standpoint these stories seem a bit rough at first. But then you realize they were written in the early 1950s and you realize how amazing Asimov was. The stories are well written and give you plenty to think about.
FranklinTV
Jul 08, 2016 FranklinTV rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Noticeable for the appalling back cover summary that gives away the punchline in a story (Youth). Do not read he back cover! Hence the one star as it ruins the story (thankfully I didnt read it before the story).
Cholera
Aug 17, 2015 Cholera rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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.
Austin Wright
Enjoyable, though I enjoyed the sequel "Earth is room enough" much more. 4 stories over 160 pages. A bit difficult to get into the pacing, but essential reading none-the-less.
mayia
Jan 26, 2016 mayia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I read those stories ages ago so it was nice to come back to them after a while.. different perspective.
I'm in the middle of also reading Golden, which is also a collection of stories..
Liked it anyways.. The actual story Martian way was not my favourite. I've read a lot of current sic fi lately and then immediately skipped to a lot of old school classics, which was a mistake.. it's always fun to read something that was written in the '50, because a lot in science has changed in a way that I don'
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B
Sep 17, 2013 B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, westend
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.

Spoiler:
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
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Edelhart Kempeneers
Leuk om nog eens een boek van Asimov te herlezen. Vanuit astronomisch standpunt weliswaar wat achterhaald, maar de verhalen blijven staan.
Luis Martin
Sep 08, 2016 Luis Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: default
recopilación de algunos cuentos del autor, de lectura rápida y agradable pero con un trasfondo enorme característico del autor.
Kylie
May 16, 2016 Kylie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Some good and some not so good stories. They definitely saved the best til last.
Jcledezma
Oct 21, 2015 Jcledezma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1st story is great. So is Sucker Bait at loc 1652. Others were blah, skept.
Darren Robertson
Jun 01, 2015 Darren Robertson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asimov and short stories go together like two things that are really good together.
Mitchell
May 03, 2016 Mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent collection of short stories!
Luz Martins
Mar 14, 2016 Luz Martins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quiero vivir en Urano por favor.
AndrewP
Nov 23, 2014 AndrewP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
4 stories from the master
Jan
Mar 14, 2014 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and imaginative stories written more than 60 years ago. Typical plots transmogrified from terrestrial to interstellar contexts.
Pili
Aug 13, 2011 Pili rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
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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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