Asimov's Mysteries
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Asimov's Mysteries

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This collection contains: The Singing Bell; The Talking Stone; What's in a Name; The Dying Night; Pate de Fois Gras; The Dust of Death; A Loint of Paw; I'm in Marsport Without Hilda; Marooned Off Vesta; Anniversary; Obituary; Star Light; The Key; and The Billiard Ball.
Mass Market Paperback, 252 pages
Published July 1969 by Dell Publishing Co. (first published 1968)
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Arun Divakar
A very recent review on this site by Nandakishore on a work by Agatha Christie explains the dilemma in trying to review mysteries. It is something like trying to explain how an ingenious magic trick works for once the explanation is done, the audience feels oh, so was that just it ? and countless hours of practice on the magician's part goes to waste in a breath. This is also the reason why I love mysteries for you never know what awaits you at the end of the tale. Asimov in this slim volume o...more
Asimov enjoyed showing off his versatility, and even though he's best known for his SF and popular science, he could do other things too. In particular, he was surprisingly competent at mysteries. Maybe he should have written more of them.

This book collects together his best mystery short stories, the greater part of which have an SF theme. They often hinge on a clever piece of word-play. Asimov loved jeux de mots, and had a tendency to be a little too silly with them, but here he gets it right;...more
This collection ends with a few really good stories but quite a few are mediocre which drags down my rating of this book.

"Orbituary" and "The Billiard Ball" are the stand out stories in my opinion. Anyone who says Asimov can't write should give these a go and it might change their mind.

Of the stories contained herein, only a few are of the kind that you, as the reader, try to guess "who done it" before it's revealed at the end. Doing so will require quite a deep knowledge of scientific and ast...more
Jack Tyler
This is an anthology of thirteen mysteries with a science-fiction theme first published in 1968 by one of the giants of the 20th Century. Here's what I thought of it: When my living quarters were flooded in the El Nino event of the early 1970s, pretty much everything on the floor or on bottom shelves was damaged beyond recognition or destroyed outright. I went to the effort to salvage two books. This was one of them.

It's still out there, and still an entertaining read. First, let me excerpt from...more
The other John
This one's a nice collection of science fiction mysteries, written by Dr. Isaac Asimov. Well, mostly. One tale, "Marooned Off Vesta", isn't a mystery tale, but rather it's included because its sequel, "Anniversary", is one. Another tale, "A Loint of Paw", isn't a mystery either--it's a courtroom drama that is simply a set up for a pun. But since it's only two pages long, I don't feel cheated. All in all, this book is good, classic science fiction, well worth reading.
Steven Peterson
Isaac Asimov was a fine science fiction writer and an author of many popular books on science and other subjects. Here, he tries his hand on science fiction mysteries. The end result is positive. He teases the reader. He is not so good at developing living and breathing characters. But he has provocative ideas. Worth a read for those who enjoy sci-fi mystery.
Talent Theparee
Awesome collection of classic Asimov Sci - Fi, as mysteries! Even though Asimov wrote these stories over fifty years ago, they have surprisingly aged well. Some technologies may appear out of date, such as a typewriter Multivac terminal, but the concept of instantly searching online for an answer isn't. These stories are definitely the show off pieces of a master, Etudes of a Sci - Fi Chopin.
The wit, the humor, the originality shines through and makes for a very enjoyable read, especially for an...more
Saurabh Sharma
This was my first encounter with Asimov's writing. Isaac Asimov is considered to be a master in Science Fiction story telling, in this book he combines Science fiction with mystery and in my opinion does it commendably.

'Asimov's Mysteries' is a collection of 13 short stories written by Isaac Asimov which are a blend of the two genres- Sci-Fi and Mystery. Almost all the stories in the collection are cleverly plotted and tease the reader, however, the doze of mystery and science vary in each. The...more
Kat Hagedorn

A Goodreads friend reviewed this, and it immediately piqued my interest because it is sci-fi and it is mystery and the two together are really hard to do. Up to this point, I had only read Larry Niven's attempts at this (best compilation of these: The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton) and was quite satisfied with his results. I figured it was time to try another sci-fi grand master and see what I got.

1. Asimov is not Niven. He did not write at the same time, and while they both...more
This is a very good mix of thirteen crime and mystery stories (excepting one or two) by Mr. Asimov, some written during the earliest stages of his writing career. At times it felt like reading Sherlock Holmes, albeit based in a science-fictional scenario. A few scientific descriptions (although not too technical), which are usually expressed within dialogues, could tend to go beyond the grasp of understanding with an under-average, un-scientific mind. All the stories are wonderful, although some...more
Luffy Monkey D.
This collection contains: The Singing Bell; The Talking Stone; What's in a Name; The Dying Night; Pate de Fois Gras; The Dust of Death; A Loint of Paw; I'm in Marsport Without Hilda; Marooned Off Vesta; Anniversary; Obituary; Star Light; The Key; and The Billiard Ball.

In some ways the first short story in this collection, The Singing Bell,is the best. That's because some thought has gone into the plot to make the murderer cunning. Or maybe I just like the style? It reminds me of Nightfall and Ot...more
Elizabeth McDonald
I had read some of the fourteen stories in this collection previously, but that did not detract from my enjoyment of them. The mysteries are not as engrossing as some by other authors, for instead of focusing on personality, Asimov sets up his mysteries as puzzles, a la Encyclopedia Brown (though not anywhere near as contrived or cutesy, thank God). These all have a strong scientific bent. In several, for example, the crime is solved by some quirk of the planet the suspect has recently been on -...more
Prisonnier de son embonpoint et ennemi juré des voyages, le célèbre Dr
Urth, extraterrologiste émérite, ne s'est jamais éloigné de son
domicile. Cependant, ce savant en pantoufles possède une connaissance si
parfaite des planètes étrangères et de leurs habitants que c'est à lui
que la police a le plus souvent recours pour démasquer les criminels
intergalactiques. Ainsi, pour notre plus grande joie, assistons-nous au
mariage heureux de la science-fiction et de l'intrigue policière. Du
crime parfa
I like mysteries, I like science fiction, and I have always had a soft spot for Asimov, since he was one of the authors whose work my mother checked out of the adult section for me, when I was about nine or ten. (Yes, I know I only learned to read at seven. I worked up fast.)

In any case, Asimov's mysteries are fairly easy to guess. It kind of reminds me of one of the characters of one of the stories from this volume, who is really obvious with his puns. Asimov's mysteries were quite obvious. The...more
Cuauhtli Zacatelco
The best detective genre I ever read.
And TNX to this kind of books and Writers I have decided to study science.
I just remeber the way that he describes every character and situation in the cases. So clever and so smooth.
The story that I love most was the lunar bells, the way that the detective finds the way that the mercenaries steal them, just make me remember everything about the lunar gravity.
Oh, this is simply classic Asimov, albeit Asimov with a bit of a twist, attempting to bridge the perceived gap between SF and mystery.

His writing feels a little more dated now than it did when I first discovered Dr Asimov, both in terms of style and scientific accuracy, but if I am reminded of one thing from reading this volume it's that he was always able to tell a good tale that carries the reader easily from start till end - it's still not that commonplace to find an author that is so easy to...more
A combination of two of my favorite genres by one of my favorite authors. Here, Asimov attempts to marry the intrigue of modern mystery with his mastery of science fiction, and the result is a collection of 14 stories that are sure to entertain lovers of both genres.

While not particularly life changing, there are more than a few short stories that I thoroughly enjoyed. I felt that the stories got better as I got farther in the book, reaching the climax with "The Obituary," "The Key," and my favo...more
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Craig Mcintyre
For almost 20 years I have carried a copy of this pretty much everywhere I go. Whether overseas or just in my backpack it is as essential to me as an iPod or Walkman before it.

No matter how many times I read his short stories I always find them fresh and exciting and unlike most science fiction authors of his era nothing is outdated and many of his theories have actually reached fruition. I challenge you to read just one single story from this collection and not be hooked. My favourite 'straigh...more
Marcus Vinicius Medeiros
Mysteries is a fun collection of science fiction short stories by genre master Isaac Asimov. His characters are not memorable, that´s for sure, but the plot is always interesting and really smart. I do prefer Asiomov novels and big sagas, The Foundation Trilogy is my favorite, but his short fiction is very good too. In this book, most os the stories are like detective tales in the future, involving time travel, space voyages os chemical knowledge,but there is also some romance and humor there to...more
I got this book more because of some research I'm doing but also because I like mysteries and sci-fi. Put the two together and it should be great right? Sometimes. Some of the stories are good and others are not so good. They started to get a bit repetitive by reusing plot devices. Most of the stories lacked action and were written in a style that is a bit clinical. The twists and payoffs at the conclusion of the mystery were not all that compelling either. It was fun to read a set of short stor...more
Nuno Magalhães
Este é um livro de contos de ficção científica mesclados com o género de mistério/policial/thriller que foram sendo escritos e publicados por Isaac Asimov com o intuito de demonstrar que estes dois géneros não são incompatíveis entre si. Se bem que seja uma colectânea interessante, com cada conto a despertar um interesse renovado pela leitura do conto seguinte, sem ser no entanto avassalador, sou de opinião que Isaac Asimov escreveu outros contos e outras obras bem mais interessantes e profundas...more
While certain (aspects) of Asimov's stories also show the sexism that marked Science Fiction for decades, he's nowhere near P. K. Dick, on the contrary, as stories like "Obituary" show. In this collection, I most enjoyed his For- and Afterwords, sometimes .. oh hell, usually reading like our own story notes for fanfiction. The mysteries are old-fashioned, as is the imagined future; I had a niggling fear that I had read them all before and (atypically) forgotten.
3½ stars or even 4 stars for me but I think that these stories are of much more interest to a chemist than to the general public. Certainly, "What's in a Name?" was hilarious to me but made my mom wrinkle her brow. Some of the stories are more heavily slanted towards science fiction than others but all have a decent crime story.
Good geeky fun. Details about the physics of and ramifications for life on other planets are crowbar-ed into a mystery format, with eccentric academic types as the sleuth. Different gravities, different lengths of days, different effects of sunlight, etc. are used to ferret out the criminals and murderers. Classic Asimov.
Re-read of an excellent collection of sci-fi mystery stories, with commentary by the author.

The Singing Bell
The Talking Stone
What's in a Name?
The Dying Night
Paté de Foie Gras
The Dust of Death
A Loint of Paw
I'm in Marsport without Hilda
Marooned off Vesta
Star Light
The Key
The Billiard Ball
Neelakantan K.K.
The reason Asimov wrote these stories - according to the introduction - was to prove that an SF mystery can be written without cheating the reader. This book proves it brilliantly. The SF background is thoroughly explained to the reader at the beginning and the author then sets up a classic mystery.
David Szondy
Isaac Asimov may be best known as a science fiction and popular science writer, but he liked to wander out into other literary fields from time to time–often ones that he wasn't very good at.

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Some stories were quite good, but others were obviously some Asimov's earliest published work, lacking more than just a neat scientific concept. I'd only suggest this for hardcore early SF fans. I really enjoyed most of the stories in his later collections, such as The Bicentennial Man.
Kathy Chung
Reviewed at Mama Kucing Meow : Asimov's Mysteries by Isaac Asimov

I love his books. He almost always add foreword or afterword in the stories to let readers know how the story came to be.
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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...more
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