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Earth Is Room Enough

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  7,649 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews

· The Dead Past · nv Astounding Apr ’56
· The Foundation of Science Fiction Success · pm F&SF Oct ’54
· Franchise · ss If Aug ’55
· Gimmicks Three [“The Brazen Locked Room”] · ss F&SF Nov ’56
· Kid Stuff · ss Beyond Fantasy Fiction Sep ’53
· The Watery Place · ss Satellite Oct ’56
· Living Space · ss Science Fiction Stories May ’56
· The Message · vi F&
Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published 1970 by Fawcett Crest (first published 1957)
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Dec 02, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have very fond memories of Isaac Asimov and especially a number of his more famous works. The reason why is that going back to my early tentative steps in to reading, I stumbled across a small table top sale and there tucked away in one corner a stack of books. The covers instantly caught my eye - and as much as the saying goes "don't judge a book by its cover" I could not help myself.

Now I must point something out - The UK editions of science fiction books of this era had a habit of having g
Dec 01, 2008 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction

The standout in this quite good collection is definitely "Satisfaction Guaranteed", even if it's so 50s that it feels like you need subtitles to understand it. US Robots have developed a housework robot, which they are going to field test in the home of one of their employees. The action focusses on the uneasy relationship that develops between the robot and the bored housewife, who's plagued with general feelings of helplessness and inadequacy; the robot, programmed with the Three Laws and obli
Oct 12, 2013 Xan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uno de los títulos más mencionados de Asimov, tanto que pensé que lo había leído hace muchos años. Afortunadamente me equivocaba y no se trata de una relectura. Para mi, que aprendí los conceptos de la robótica de la mano de Susan Calvin y conocí los problemas sociales de un Imperio espacial investigando crímenes violentos con un robot por detective...en fin, que aprendía a disfrutar de la ciencia ficción con Isaac Asimov leer un libro nuevo cuando pensaba solo repasarlo supone un regalo inesper ...more
An interesting collection of short stories, some of the better ones I'd previously experienced in The Complete Robot so the novelty of reading such good stories was worn off and possibly detracted from my overall enjoyment.

The collection also featured some of Asimov's fantasy stories, my first experience of such things, and even though I consider him a good writer of good ideas my eyes just glazed over at the mention of faeries and Avalaon for example. I have Fantasy block even with such a man a
Feb 22, 2010 Kayla rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was my first ever book read by Asimov, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Especially the stories that involved Multivac. It really is true, no one spits out story ideas faster then Asimov, and I was especially surprised to find out they he also wrote in verse. A very unexpected surprise. I look forward to reading other works by this amazing story teller.
Feb 17, 2016 Sinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Isaac Asimovs Liebe zu Robotern ist gemeinhin bekannt. Sie ist die Grundlage für einige seiner Faszinierendsten Romane und Kurzgeschichten. Besonders die Logik hat es ihm dabei angetan, die Grundlage für alle Entscheidungen einer Maschine sein muss. Zwingend.

Trotzdem ist 'Geliebter Roboter' eine Kurzgeschichtensammlung, die sich von vielen anderen des Autors unterscheidet. Vor allem, weil sie sich nicht ausschließlich um Roboter dreht - obwohl der Titel das vermuten lässt.

So ist es hauptsächlich
Franco Olcese
May 02, 2013 Franco Olcese rated it liked it
Shelves: literatura
As a selection of stories, i don't consider this book a really good one. What i did enjoy a lot were the visions they had in the 50's about the future. Most of the stories happen in the first century of 2000, and the vision of what would be the future (computers, robotics, political systems, values, etc) is interesting and funny. However there are a couple of good ones that i would recommend to read:

The Dead Past · nv Astounding Apr ’56 : I think this one is the best. It is about a machine to s
Patrick Nichols
A decent collection of Asimov with its usual mix of repressed titillation and shaggy dog stories (e.g an alien delegation is rebuffed by a rube who thought they said they were from "Venice," rather than "Venus." ugh). The unifying gimmicks that all the stories take place on Earth, but this was probably more of a novelty in the 50's than in today's more dystopian genre. Multivac, a grendel among giant computers, is a recurring character, dispensing an omniscience we now know as "Google."

Two stor
Mar 04, 2015 Jos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The German version "Geliebter Roboter" only features a selection of the stories.

The dead past ****
Invention: chronoscope, allowing to see the past. Consequence: Loss of all privacy. Interesting thought.

Franchise ****
Original idea: simplify elections, one representative voter identified by the central computer Multivac is enough.

The Watery Place ***
Aliens ask for contact, are satisfied with a 'no' and never come back again. Wrong place, wrong time.

Satisfaction Guaranteed *****
Characteristically A
Pinar Celebi
This book, like many other Asimov books, is classic. It can be considered as early science fiction. Except for a few anomalies like punch cards, Asimov’s imagination and stories fit in well still today. The technological advances humanity has achieved over time do not affect the impact of these stories. When I was reading it, I forgot the fact that these stories were written in 1950s. I think one can still see the possibilities of some of Asimov’s imagined futures even today.

Like many other rev
Aug 30, 2009 Devin rated it it was amazing
I was intrigued by the earth setting of these stories from a grandmaster of science fiction. They are really great reads, all of them. They are all very unique and very real, as in, I can imagine them happening in the future. His scenarios are never too far-fetched, just close enough to reality to make us really shiver to think of what it would truly be like. I love it. Good stories.
Aug 03, 2011 Jenn added it
You forget while reading it that the stories are from the 50s....most would not seem out of place if written today. I enjoy the sly humor of many of the pieces...and recommend that you read "The Election" to see how he thought we'd be voting in 2008. =]
Jun 07, 2015 Priyadarshini rated it really liked it
The man can imagine! The book is a 'back to the future' trip. Fascinating stories!
Dec 07, 2016 hydrobromide rated it it was ok
These stories have not aged well
Feb 01, 2017 B rated it it was ok
Il passato è morto (Romanzo breve, The Dead Past, 1956) di Isaac Asimov 
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Dure a morire (Racconto, Ideas Die Hard, 1957) di Isaac Asimov 
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Diritto di voto (Racconto, Franchise, 1955) di Isaac Asimov 
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La stanza chiusa (Racconto breve, The Brazen Locked Room, 1956) di Isaac Asimov 
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Spazio vitale (Racconto, Living Space, 1956) di Isaac Asimov 
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Joey Brockert
Feb 03, 2014 Joey Brockert rated it liked it
A very nice collection of short stories, with Mr. Asimov's unique style. It is dated – the computers take up blocks and blocks, and there is mention of slide rules as well. The best one is 'The Watery Place,' but the one that, perhaps, ruins science fiction is 'The Foundation of S. F.' because it takes the mystery out of how it is written.
'The Dead Past' – A professor of Ancient History wants to see into the past for his work, bu the bureaucracy is in his way (the government has been trying to
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I sometimes joke that Isaac Asimov is my intellectual father: although that's not that far from the truth. His essays, pro-reason and pro-science, had a huge influence upon me growing up. He's probably best known for his science fiction novels, but I think his best fiction by far is to be found in his short stories. There are 15 short stories here in this 1957 anthology. Below I name my three favorites:

1) "The Dead Past" - This is my favorite Asimov story, not just of the collection, but of any
Jan 26, 2008 _inbetween_ rated it it was ok
This collection of short stories ended the period of time I thought well of Science Fiction, which started on that memorable day I read a book of four long short stories, all dealing with humans and humanity in inventive ways. Before that I might have had a low opinion of SciFi or (more likely) none at all, and I'm not sure if that was before observing Fantasy fen (abroad, never really in my home country) and choosing Pratchett over them, or later. I just know that all these many many years, I w ...more
Ilya Kavalerov
Dec 13, 2016 Ilya Kavalerov rated it liked it
I picked this up wanting to read something for entertainments sake for a change, and wasn't disappointed.

Most of the stories all share the same pattern. There is some non-understandable event/description of a forthcoming event in the beginning, and then the characters either learn about or explain that event over the course of the story. Every story ends with a punchline. So there is some similarity between each short story and a joke. The characters are not the center of the story as much as th
Mark Oppenlander
This is a nice little collection of Asimov's short stories from science fiction's Golden Age. The gimmick of the book is that all of these pieces are set on the planet Earth - although with alternate dimensions and the supernatural realm mixed in, that concept gets stretched to its utmost.

The stories here range in length from a couple of pages to 40+. Most of them have a central idea or conceit that leads to some level of "gotcha" or "a-ha" moment, much like a punch line. This seems to be typica
Alex Bergonzini
Sep 01, 2015 Alex Bergonzini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Relatos cortos, creados con la más pura ciencia ficción, con fantasía e incluso romanticismo. Esos relatos que te empujan a pensar mucho mas allá de la realidad que vivimos, lanzando preguntas a lo que desconocemos, pero que puede estar latente en nuestro entoro.

Los cuentos parecen sencillos, pero con una tremenda carga que te obligan a plantearte situaciones que parecen imposibles, con guiños humorísticos que te hacen incluso reír y luego cuando los desenvuelve con cuidado su autor, te planteas
Jun 02, 2013 Christophe rated it really liked it
Quoi de plus utile qu'un chronoscope pour qui veut réhabiliter les Carthaginois calomniés ? Mais quel péril le sondage temporel fait-il courir à l'humanité ? S'il avait connu la robotique, Sherlock Holmes aurait été obligé de se recycler...
Le corps électoral réduit à un seul et unique électeur : c'est le triomphe de la démocratie électronique...
Il était une fois un pauvre petit ordinateur bien courageux et bien malheureux...

Quoi de plus utile qu'un chronoscope pour qui veut réhabiliter les Carthaginois calomniés ? Mais quel péril le sondage temporel fait-il courir à l'humanité ? S'il avait connu la robotique, Sherlock Holmes aurait été obligé de se recycler...
Le corps électoral réduit à un seul et unique électeur : c'est le triomphe de la démocratie électronique...
Il était une fois un pauvre petit ordinateur bien courageux et bien malheureux...

Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Collection of Asimov's stories from the first half of the 1950s, also two rather self-indulgent Gilbert and Sullivan pastiches about writing pulp sf. A lot of the stories are extended jokes; a lot of them revolve around intellectually gifted male protagonists in unhappy marriages. The most memorable is possibly "Jokester", in which the source of all humour is revealed. I was surprised to realise that the first story, "The Dead Past", another ...more
Robert 'Rev. Bob'
Nov 06, 2011 Robert 'Rev. Bob' rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a peculiar charm to Golden Age SF, perhaps especially in its short stories. This collection is a prime example. On the one hand, the details are hopelessly antique; nobody in 2011 can possibly consider the technology or science realistic. The themes and ideas, though... those have a bizarre, almost eerie resonance.

For example, "The Fun They Had" treats electronic books as the norm, a simple fact of life accessible to any child...something we're still struggling with over fifty years late
Wayne Jordaan
Dec 07, 2016 Wayne Jordaan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Storytelling is an art. It is difficult to spin a yarn that takes place in a contemporary setting, within familiar surroundings. It is even more difficult, imho, to add plausible fabrication to the distant past, such as one would find in the prehistoric narratives of Jean M. Auel. Top of the difficulty ratings, again I acknowledge my individual bias, one would find an author like Isaac Asimov, who grips one, as with this collection of short stories, with fantastical incidents from an unknown fut ...more
Huma Zafar
Jan 16, 2013 Huma Zafar rated it really liked it
What I love about Asimov's stories is that he gets interesting ideas and then exhausts those ideas completely before letting the story end. A good example of this is the first story in the collection, "The Dead Past", in which the government exercises strict control over scientific research, and seems to be suppressing research of chronoscopy (seeing into the past). The concept of "time-viewing" is explored thoroughly so the eventual explanation for the government's actions is unexpectedly satis ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Cal rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
Twas okay. Asimov's robot stories are my favorite, so I'd already read all the ones that are also in the complete robot as well as the ones in robot dreams. I was still entertained by the nonrobot ones decently well enough. I liked the one about the end of the world because it was actually Christian based (surprising). Most of these stories have a layer of wit underneath them rather than seriousness... oh and I very much enjoyed his poetry. As a writer myself, I could definitely relate to some o ...more
Austin Wright
Mar 26, 2016 Austin Wright rated it really liked it
I was given a bit of a shock recently when I found out that Asimov's "Complete Stories Vol 1 & 2" only have about 25% of his total stories. Since then, I've been reading his earliest collections and really having a fun time with them!

Earth is room Enough was released in 1957. Four stories cover a MultiVac computer which is based off of a compouter that was able to successfully predict the 1952 US Presidential Election. There's also some Anti-McCarthy themes throughout.

Very obscure and very
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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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