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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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....more
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.
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...more
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...more
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,...more
The stories themselves aren't bad. I didn't like...more
This book looked like it would be great - a series of short stories which have never appeared in 'book form' and a series of essays about the craft of writing SF.
Well I was disappointed in his SF stories, which is sad.
However, I was delighted and entertained by his essays. They were well worth the price of the boo...more
The stories are ...meh...uh... I just can't bring myself to disparage asimov's writings. Admittedly some of them are good, but on the whole... meh
But the "gold" in Gold are the essays. Engaging, witty and insightful. A must read, especially for asimov fans and budding SF writers.
Reading this has really made me wonder why, being a pretty big SF fan, I hadn't gotten around to reading his works before. I assure you, I will be remedying that very soon!
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