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One of the clear challenges in science fiction is to write something that is both imaginative yet not something th ...more
But again, that's just me.
My personal favorites:
Nightfall: Likely the best of the short stories in the book, it deals with a planet that never experiences night except for every few thousand years. It's a good start to the book and pulls you right in with it's novel concept.
Green Patches: I really liked how cleaver this story was. Dealing with an intelligence that ...more
I don't get the fuss about Asimov. I'm going to keep trying because there must be a reason why he's considered a classic, but I found half of the stories boring, if not awkward.
For instance, in the preface to the Strikebreaker, Asimov says he does ...more
These stories are by no means wall to wall brilliant, but Asimov's personal introductions to each one really put them in context both in his career and his state of mind at the time of writing. Some oddities in there i ...more
A cominciare da questo numero, e in tre volumi, Urania offre ai suoi lettori la più importante e attesa delle antologie di fantascienza: quella che Isaac Asimov ha curato personalmente scegliendo i migliori dei suoi racconti, ordinandoli cronologicamente e premettendo a ciascuno una nota speciale. Il presente volume contiene i primi quattro racconti. I due volumi successivi saranno in edicola rispettivamente il 24 giugno e l'8 luglio, ma crediamo che la tradizionale raccomandazione di "non manc
"Nightfall" was expanded into a full-length novel. It shouldn't have been. The short-story is perfect. Add to that Asimov's other favorites and you've got a delightful look at a potential universe.
Some of the stories show their age more than others, specifically those taking place on Earth. Bu ...more
1) Nightfall - As one of Asimov's best known short stories, I probably entered this story with unrealistic expectations. The premise is brilliant, and in general I enjoyed this story a lot. I do however think that Asimov's inexperience as a writer is evident in the ebb and flow of the plot
2) Green Patches - This was a fun story to read because of my background in biology. A little bit scienc ...more
Je suis tombée amoureuse de Nightfall & Other Stories dans une librairie de livres usagés, parce que je n'avais jamais lu Isaac Asimov & par ...more
Of its contents, I only really remember "Nightfall", his 1941 short story about, among other things, enlightened scientists versus the ignorant masses on a distant planet. The reason I r ...more
"Nightfall and Other Stories" is an eclectic mix of stories and, unfortunately, many now ...more
This is an anthology of various shorts spanning about 25 years and starting with Asimov's earliest success. It allows one to notice the change in his style over time, or lack there of to be more accurate. Though either too vague or too technical at times, several storie ...more
In "Broedt Daar een Mens" the following stories are published:
1) Hostess (Gastvrouw)
2) Breeds there a man ... ? (Broedt daar een mens?)
3) What if ... (Wat als ...)
5) C-chute (L-Sluis)
In "Een Mooie Dag voor een Wandeling" the following stories:
1) Nightfall (zondsondergang)
2) It's Such a Beautiful Day (een mooie dag voor een wandeling)
3) Strikebreaker (stakingbreker)
4) Insert Knob A in Hole B (steek nok A in ...more
My review after finishing: So good! The anthology was put together by Asimov himself, who also wrote short introductions to each story--killer. Some of them contain brief (but plausibly deniable) diatribes against editors (who are, of course, always right in my mind) and commentary on the pulps that the storie ...more
Dejando a un lado la genialidad de "Nightfall" y "Hostess", dos de mis historias preferidas, he de señalar también la sátira a Playboy como una de las mejores de esta antología, nunca me había reído tanto ante una escena de sexo.
Cada vez me gusta más este hombre.
Some of these are a little dated now but nevertheless display Asimov's very readable writing style and are accompanied by autobiographical comments or sometimes how the story originated. These provide a fascinating insight into Asimov's personality and life as a writer.
The eponymous "Nightfall" stands out as the most significant of the s ...more
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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somewhere deep inside a bit of sanity was screaming, struggling to fight off
the hopeless flood of black terror. It was very horrible to go mad and know
that you were going mad -- to know that in a little minute you would be here
physically and yet all the real essence would be dead and drowned in the
black madness. For this was the Dark -- the Dark and the Cold and the Doom.”