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The Best Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Grafton (first published 1986)
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Erin DeLaney
Mar 30, 2013 Erin DeLaney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I returned to Asimov's short stories, which I think are his best work. I had read "Nightfall" elsewhere, which unfortunately is not included in this collection but in my option is one of his best. The standout in this anthology for me was "The Last Question" which deals with the beginning/end of the universe. Not all of the stories were as serious and even "Obituary" and "Spell My Name With an S" were clever and thought-provoking. A lot of stories in this collection revolve around Multi ...more
Mar 24, 2008 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is a delightful book of short stories that he selected himself as his favorites and he introduces each one with a short explaination about why he included it on the book. I was taken with his creativity and the broad range of his stories. Many of the them made me chuckle and even more made me think. That is what I like best about science fiction, the ability of the author to so completely control the setting that they can get their message across as they want to. It is also clean. I reccome ...more
Stavros Efraimidis
Jun 24, 2014 Stavros Efraimidis rated it it was amazing
... glad I reread this special collection of short stories ... Asimov makes it clear from the beginning that he has a special private reason for including each story in this "Best of" collection, but some of them are (or should be) all time classic sci-fi ... among them some of my personal favourites like "The Dead Past", "Franchise", "It's Such a Beautiful Day", "The Last Question", "The Feeling Of Power" to name but a few ...
Keith Bell
Jul 05, 2015 Keith Bell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of HIS favourite short stories with introductions. Best representation of his style and skill.
Sam Stephens
May 28, 2015 Sam Stephens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pleasure to read him again.
Linnea Slade
I really like his style of writing, even if he is incredibly full of himself. His stories are really intellectually challenging and he seems to show God in many interesting forms including aliens, machines, and pure energy. Each of his ideas of God have a different purpose for interfering with humans either before or after death. If you are offended by reading religious views that are not your own, I would probably steer clear, but I really did enjoy this book.
Jan 27, 2015 Richp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Asimov's favorite short work that wasn't very popular. Not bad, but definitely not his best, and accompanied by his inflated ego, as is usual.
Oct 16, 2015 Fernenanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, asimovs
My most favourite story in the anthology is The Foundation of Science Fiction Success, hands down!
(My second-most favourite is It's Such a Beautiful Day and then Found! Though none of them beats Nightfall IMHO.)
John Devlin
Nightfall is a seminal work as well as the computer that starts the universe.
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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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