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Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection

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Gold is the final and crowning achievement of the fifty-year career of science fiction's transcendent genius, the world-famous author who defined the field of science fiction for its practitioners, its millions of readers, and the world at large.

The first section contains stories that range from the humorous to the profound, at the heart of which is the title story, "Gold,
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softcover, 416 pages
Published October 21st 2003 by Harper Voyager (first published 1995)
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Eirin
Jan 25, 2015 Eirin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
It feels odd sitting down to review this book, because on page 309, in the Essay titled "Book reviews", Asimov states:

"I have never made any secret of the fact that I dislike the concept of reviews and the profession of reviewing."

Ha! Well. Rarely do I disagree so heartily with Asimov - one of my favourite authors - but I do here (quite good-naturedly). He is of course poking fun at both the reviewers and himself, as he is wont to do. I still think reviewing is something that does have a purpos
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Nathan
This collection really impressed me. I didn't know really what to expect from this book. I haven't read a lot of Asimov, but I count him among my favorite authors because whenever I read his work I'm always impressed; so I was excited for this. And it delivered.

The collection starts off with a group of Asimov's short stories. No surprises here; they all were worth reading. My favorite story has to be "Cal", the first story in the collection. It's about a robot named Cal who works for a writer. H
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Peter
Great, but not quite what I was expecting...: This is the first book by Isaac Asimov that I have ever read. I suppose it was a bit stupid to start with the last one. I think it's really good, although the writing is 'simpler' than I expected it to be. I thought it would be more complicated, but I think the fact that it is written in a simple way is good, as it does not detract from the actual stories, and makes it lighter reading. I will definitely be looking out for other books. i had heard his ...more
Peter
Re-reading to see if I want to keep my copy. Conclusion: Nope.

So far the fiction was not that good, and the non-fiction essays are either introductions to other anthologies which talk a lot about those anthologies or editorials from Asimov's magazine. Lot's of platitudes and references to stuff in the books/magazines they were published in.
Not really worthy of collecting and publishing again.

It felt like a collection to cash in on some left over pieces.
Neven
Feb 15, 2011 Neven rated it liked it
Asimov is a treasure, god bless him, but his fiction is often little more than a competently written one-liner. I attempted re-reading this whole collection and I got about half way through before remembering that it's so slight, there's a reason I only remember a bit of it now.
Carina
This is one impressive collection, filled with short stories and collections of writings on various aspects of... well, writing, I think that this has to be my favourite book of the year so far (barring the manga I've read because that's just in another category all by itself).

My father is a large Asimov fan and I recall him reading and re-reading the Foundation trilogy books - his copies are rather worn away and 'old' looking, they're clearly well read. In recent years my Mother and I had the r
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Geoff
Not the best collection of short stories from Asimov but I will commend him on a truly, clever pun in the story "Battle-Hymn".

About 2/3s of this collection is an assortment of essays about science fiction and writing. I didn't read many of them but they are entertaining in their own right.

Favourite:

Battle-Hymn
Simon Kao
Mar 09, 2017 Simon Kao rated it it was amazing
Great ride, much humour, insightful too.
Sebastián Perez
Muy dispar recopilación con relatos que van de lo mediocre a lo derechamente malo.
Joe
Jan 16, 2017 Joe rated it it was amazing
I first read this collection when I was in high school in the 1990's. As I re-read it, it was still a fantastic compendium of Asimov's style and unique thoughts on his own writing style. Well worth the time for anyone who has ever enjoyed Asimov's works, both fiction and non-fiction.
Bryan Murdock
Feb 11, 2012 Bryan Murdock rated it liked it
This was my second attempt at "checking out" an e-book from the Salt Lake County library system. I wasn't sure it was going to work, so I just picked the first book I saw from an author that I know I like (with an intro from Orson Scott Card too!). It worked, and it turns out, I still really do like Isaac Asimov. Gold is a collection of short stories and essays.

These stories are not his best, yet some of them still made me sit and say, "hmmm," for a while after reading them, and at least one cau
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Michael
Jan 29, 2008 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Over half of this book is made up of essays on science fiction and writing, although this isn't indicated on the cover of my edition. The essays are taken from Asimov's magazine and introductions he wrote for anthologies. They seem to be filler added to bulk up the book to a respectable size. Still, I enjoyed some of them. One of them confirmed my hypothesis that when Asimov wrote his early stories he had not had much interaction with young women.

The stories themselves aren't bad. I didn't like
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nick
May 17, 2016 nick rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
When focusing on the stories itself, this collection is not a timeless classic, the stories are intriguing but besides a short story that has to be the inspiration for A.I. and a story I am certain is reflection on how Asimov viewed intelligent science fiction movies should be made, I did not find any the stories that memorable. But you don't pick up this collection for these final Asimov stories, you pick it up for the rare insight it gives into the mind of one the most influential fiction writ ...more
Steven Shinder
Jan 29, 2014 Steven Shinder rated it it was amazing
Isaac Asimov is one of my favorite writers, and this anthology does not fail to deliver. Though the table of contents is a little off, that does not ruin the reading experience. "Cal" is a story about a robot who aspires to become a writer. As a writer, I find him to be very relatable and enjoy the closing sentences of the story. "Left to Right" is a brief story about a science experiment and has an ironic, humorous ending. "Frustration" illustrates a relationship between war and money. "Halluci ...more
Hollowman
The book is divided into three parts (see below).

I pretty much skipped over PART ONE.

Parts TWO and THREE are the ... uh ... "GOLD" parts, IMO. In fact, this may be my single favorite Asimov book because of these two sections. If you're a writer -- scifi or otherwise -- it may be worth reading these sections ... perhaps a bit like "picking the brain" of one of the best-known scifi authors of all time.

I've never been a big Asimov fan. But after reading about his creative/thought process in GOLD,
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Alberto
Apr 23, 2013 Alberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ci-fi
Me ha gustado volverme a encontrar con el inconfundible estilo y sentido del humor de Asimov.

Esta antología reúne relatos inédito de Asimov en español, en su mayoría se trata de relatos muy breves, de menos de diez páginas, y algunos de ellos bastante olvidables.

A destacar los relatos que abren y cierran la recopilación:

"Cal" es el primer relato y trata sobre un robot que quiere ser escritor. Muestra la evolución que experimenta en su camino de lograr su ansiada meta. Es un relato que me ha arra
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Kirk
Dec 25, 2013 Kirk rated it it was ok
A coworker of mine lent me this collection after we discussed some of Asimov's short stories. I originally misinterpreted that this was a collection of Asimov's 'greatest hits' or something of that nature. Instead it is his final collection of short stories (plus other writings). The stories are fine, some are much better than others (I think the only ones I really enjoyed were "Cal" and "Kid Brother"). There's a recurring theme among these stories of Asimov inserting an element of himself into ...more
Hope
Jan 31, 2010 Hope rated it liked it
On the one hand, I very much enjoy Dr. Asimov's stories. All of the fiction in this volume was new to me, and a joy to read. That made up about 30% of the book.

A collection of essays, mostly introductions to anthologies and editorials from his magazine, filled the remaining 2/3 of the volume. They were sorted into two sections - On SF and On Writing SF, but there was no context given for any of them, nor were they in any particular order in each section. Many of the essays lost a lot from not b
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Maria
Mar 05, 2010 Maria rated it really liked it
Quotes:
Q. And what are your present projects, Isaac?
A. Well, Doubleday has informed me, in no uncertain terms, that I am condemned to write one novel after another for life, and that I am not permitted to consider dying.
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Ordinary people, who are not well educated and who lack a large working vocabulary, are limited in their ability to lend force to their statements. In their search for force, they must therefore make use of vulgarisms which serve, through their shock
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Sanjeev
Sep 01, 2015 Sanjeev rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Let me clarify one thing - I am not reviewing the books I read in the original sense of the word. In most cases, I am merely praising or appreciating the author’s versatility and creativity, something that I can only aspire to be and emulate. As Asimov amply demonstrates in this book, every author bleeds when he reads criticism about his creations. And I personally do not consider myself exalted enough to judge another person whether for his works or his personal attributes.

Having said that, Gol
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Air Knight
Feb 25, 2014 Air Knight rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
As someone who hasn't read anything by Asimov before "Gold" remained interesting enough, with some stories like "Cal", "Kid Brother" and "Gold" providing pretty good scenarios while others feeling too dry to make an impact, or having something which damages the story as in the case of "Alexander the God".

The last two parts contain Asimov's thoughts on writing and on science fiction, but none of them really stand out as particularly great, since a lot of them require a decent grasp of other scien
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Heather
Some good stories, and not difficult to get through, although I guess I'm just not as interested in stories about scientific ideas for their own sake. Science is interesting, but I don't have a desire to understand it on a deeper level, so some of the purely conceptual stories bored me. Best story was "Cal," about a robot who wanted to become a writer and whose owner became jealous of his increasing skills.

About half of the book was science fiction stories and half was essays on science fiction
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Cal
Jul 27, 2011 Cal rated it really liked it
Shelves: robot-ai-fiction
I LOVE this man :D I can't help but be inspired to write whenever I read him (and the list of what I've read is growing very quickly).

Every time I read a new book, I feel like I have a new favorite robot character... and I think I have to say that again. Cal is the BEST. But its so hard when I have to decide between him, Daneel, Giskard, Speedy, Cutie, and all the other greats :D And Elvex! But seriously... as an aspiring author, Cal has to be my personal hero among robots. He's so.. endearing.
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Baal Of
Oct 10, 2013 Baal Of rated it really liked it
The first third of this book is a collection of short stories. These are, I presume, from the last few years of Asimov's career. They are pretty standard Asimov fare, not his best stories, but worth reading if you are a fan. The rest of the book is a collection of essays primarily introductions to anthologies or magazine editorials. Unfortunately, the book gives no background on where the essays were taken from, which is rather annoying. The essay's themselves are enlightening. Asimov was quite ...more
Ed
May 09, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
Sci-Fi SS - The Final Science Fiction Collection is a 1995 collection of stories and essays by American writer Isaac Asimov. Part One: The Final Stories - The 15 stories, which comprise the volume's first half, are short pieces which had remained uncollected at the time of Asimov's death. "Cal" describes a robot that wishes to write, and the title story "Gold" expresses both Asimov's admiration of King Lear and his thoughts on cinema adaptations of his own stories. The story "Gold" won a Hugo Aw ...more
فرهاد ذکاوت
I liked two last parts of this book. The editorial note of Asimov magazine by Asimov. But for the first part, despite of a little bit far from Asimov in nightfall or foundation series and so on, there are some ideas in short stories which sometimes may cause reader think about them. As a matter of fact, I thought about two ideas, one of the and the shortest one cause a proposal which of course is not comparable to single and simple Asimov's idea, but he was the reason.

The editorial notes in two
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Riju Ganguly
Isaac Asimov has been not just a brilliant visionary who has shaped the worldview (if not the universe-view) of generations. He is also a cracking storyteller. Unfortunately, this collection doesn't do justice to either of his strengths. It merely does the job of bringing some of his later (and yet uncollected) short-stories, and several 'preface'-s that he had written for various anthologies. There are a few gems here, which shine with his humour. But most of these works are rather lacklustre. ...more
Diego González
Publicada en castellano como "Adiós a la Tierra y otros relatos" por la editorial Albemut.

Colección de relatos presentada como "la cumbre de la narrativa de Asimov", habría sido mucho más justo con el lector un lema como "Los cuentos que el propio Asimov no quiso publicar en vida por considerarlos indignos y que sus herederos hab publicado para hacer un poco de caja". No hay ninguno que se salve, ni siquiera el de "Oro", que da título a la edición en inglés. Sosos, planos, y carentes de chispa,
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Charl
Mar 15, 2016 Charl rated it liked it
Shelves: y2016
I liked it, but I only read the first part of it. The first part is his last few short stories, including some marvelous pun! Asimov was a master punster, right up to the end.

The second part is a collection of introductions to other books, revealing some of Asimov's thoughts and opinions on various topics, but after two or three I started to feel cheated. I wanted to read the books he was introducing!

And that's where I stopped. I thoroughly enjoyed the first part, and I'm another fan of his mig
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Annabelle
Jan 29, 2016 Annabelle rated it really liked it
How can I call myself an SF buff when this is my first (conscious) Asimov book? Half short stories, half-commentary on his brand of Science Fiction, it's a book I should have read decades ago. The hard part is looking for his earlier "amazing" stories, the subgenre I favor best.

Words of wisdom from the man who churned it out best: "We can define "sci-fi" as trashy material sometimes confused, by ignorant people, with SF. Thus, Star Trek is SF while Godzilla Meets Mothra is sci-fi."
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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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