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Nine Tomorrows

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  3,991 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews

· I Just Make Them Up, See!
· Rejection Slips
· Profession
· The Feeling of Power
· The Dying Night
· I’m in Marsport Without Hilda
· The Gentle Vultures
· All the Troubles of the World
· Spell My Name with an S
· The Last Question
· The Ugly Little Boy [“Lastborn”]
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 12th 1975 by Del Rey (first published 1959)
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Sep 28, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atât de faină a fost colecția asta, Asimov nu mă dezamăgește niciodată! Dintre cele nouă povestiri ale volumului, cel mai mult m-au impresionat Ultima întrebare, Corbii blânzi, Toate necazurile lumii și Băiețelul cel urât.

Ingenioasă, oarecum înspăimântătoare și scrisă cu un fantastic simț al anticipației, Întrebarea finală e sclipitoare nu atât prin personaje cât mai ales prin ideile atât de complex disecate în câteva sute de pagini - inteligența artificială și relația ei cu umanitatea, expansi
Holly the Infinite Book Dragon
I devoured this little but mighty short story collection! It amazes me at how much Asimov can pack into such a small amount of space. He continues to blow me away with his thoughtful, critical, complex science fiction. I wanted more than just the nine "tomorrows!"

Favorites: The Gentle Vultures, The Ugly Little Boy & The Last Question (which I have previously read & loved!)
Aug 18, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it
Isaac Asimov may very well be the most prolific author in modern history. With over 500 books to his credit (506, to be exact...go to for the full list, if you don't believe me!), covering just about every subject in the Dewey Decimal System (except philosophy, I believe), the man was a real marvel. One of these 500 volumes, "Nine Tomorrows," is a collection of short stories that Doc Ike first had published in various magazines during the period July '56 to November '58. As the ...more
Oct 24, 2008 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
"Two nights ago I really wanted to read a book before bed, but it was late, and I knew that I would end up reading until all hours of the morning and regret it the next day. So, I scoured the mass market Mt. TBR and found a thin book, which also happened to be a collection of short stories. Yay! Last night I finished reading this book, and as can be expected, it was an engaging read, with each short story providing a different insight into how (in some cases, minor and insignificant) actions and ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Manab rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
আজিমভের উপনযাসের চেয়ে ছোটো গলপ, বৃদধবয়সের চেয়ে যৌবনের লেখা, আমার বযকতিগতভাবে বেশি ভালো লাগে।
আজিমভরে আমি কীভাবে দেখি বলতে পারবো না। তার অনেক গলপ এতবার পড়া, এতবার, অনেক গলপ আবার পড়া কী না মনে করতে পারি না।
যেমন এই বইয়ের এনটরপির গলপটা, আমি মানুষেরে শোনাইছিই নিদেনপকষে অরধশতবার। আবার পেশাগত দায়বদধতার গলপটা, কোনোভাবেই আগে পড়া বলে মনে হচছে না।
আজিমভের অনেক সমসযা, একে ত সেনসরিং(এই বইটারই, বেনাপোল বনদর নিয়ে যেটা), তার কিছু পরেডিকটেবল বযাপার আছে - আরো বোঝা যায় যেহেতু তার লেখার পরিমাণ ভুড়ি ভুড়ি, আড়ষটতা থাকে
This collection of short stories was first published in 1959, and contains one of Asimov's most well known sci-fi short stories, "The Feeling of Power," which I first read in a school reader, and at that time it made a powerful effect on me. This truly fits the actual hard core definition of scifi because science is at the heart of most of it. I am not longer a fan of Asimov's writings, but you can see where so many of today's scifi tales started--with authors like this. Unlike Jules Verne, Asim ...more
William Macgoodwin
Feb 24, 2013 William Macgoodwin rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Read this when I was a lot younger. I liked it as I like almost all of Asimov's works. I liked the fact that he did not show the world as having this perfectly rose colored future. Maybe it was due to his Russian heritage. Maybe it was due to the cold war. Whatever the reason it reflected the times in which I lived and life sure as heck was not perfect. There were great things like computers, electronics and landings on the moon. There were terrible thing like horrible poverty, war and racism. T ...more
Dec 23, 2012 Dani rated it it was amazing
Didn't put a lot of stock into this book simply because they were short stories - but I have never been more wrong. These are by far my favorite writings by Asimov. Could. NOT. Put. The. Book. Down. Asimov, god of scifi, managed to remain thought provoking in a limited amount of space and really raised a ton of valid questions about out actions today. Since he wrote this around the Cold War time, it is a little out of date with current events, but the main idea about mathematical theory still ho ...more
Scott Kinkade
Feb 29, 2016 Scott Kinkade rated it really liked it
These stories prove the greatness of Isaac Asimov. He successfully predicted supercomputers, downloading, scanners and more. And even if you don't acknowledge his foresight, you can't deny these are excellent stories. In particular, the last two tales tug at your heart strings and blow your mind (not necessarily in that order). Asimov deserves his place in history as one of science fiction's great prophets and storytellers.
Georgina Siriwardena
Such an incredible collection of short stories. My favourite was The Ugly Little Boy. So heartbreaking :( What was amazing (and terrifying), was how realistic all of these scenarios were. So thought provoking. 100% recommend.
Dec 15, 2016 Lauri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nagu juba päris paljude varem eesti keeles ilmunud, võib öelda et krestomaatiliste, klassikaliste ulmejuttudega, selgub siingi ebameeldiv tõsiasi, et ammusel ja kaugel vene ajal tõlgitud ja ilmunud lugu ongi parim mis sest portsust võtta. Kehtis sama "Uurimismeeskonnaga", kehtis sama Arnoldi und Gregoriga, kehtib sama siingi. Linnasuuruste arvutitega möllamise ja mingite veidrate tulnuka-ja kosmoselugude kõrval eristub teistest Džomolungmakõrguselt üle "Inetu poisike", mis toob kurku tuttava klo ...more
Jun 02, 2013 Christophe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voici quelques aperçus étonnants sur les " futurs probables " qui
attendent notre humanité. Tous les ennuis du monde est l'histoire
tragique d'un ordinateur géant, Multivac, qui, doué d'une puissance
intellectuelle illimitée, découvre un jour la " difficulté d'être ".
L'affreux petit garçon raconte comment un jeune néandertalien arraché à
notre préhistoire est devenu le cobaye d'une impitoyable expérience
scientifique. Avec un mélange inimitable d'humour et de réalisme,
combinant la science et l
Elwood D Pennypacker
Only Asimov could write an eloquent description of a vastly intelligent species wise beyond man and whereupon a member of that species kidnaps a specimen of ours to impart some cosmic common sense, our man remarks aptly: "Holy toledo, it's a monkey!"

No author ever mixed so well the pulp parlance of his times with elegant dreams and nightmares of science fiction. But when he goes for the full cosmic boogie - in the form of the Arthur C. Clarke-like "The Last Question", he strikes at the ultimate
Oct 01, 2014 Jonah rated it really liked it
Rounds up to a 4-star, we'll say. Some weaker points that reminded me of my disappointment in "Pebble in the Sky" but lots more good sci-fi! Very enjoyable! I think the short-story length suits Asimov very well, as he seems able to call up decent characters and play them out well in brief stints. I loved the implied philosophy in many of the pieces and he surprised me by doing a couple sci-fi/mystery genre weaves that were both amusing and satisfying. I'm really hoping that "Stars, Like Dust" wi ...more
A good short story collection from Isaac Asimov.

The Feeling of Power
The Gentle Vultures
The Ugly Little Boy
Israel Laureano
Feb 18, 2015 Israel Laureano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Algunos de los primeros cuentos de Isaac Asimov, un poema y algunas notas curiosas.
Varios de los cuentos son ya tan famosos que algunas veces existen por sí solas o están recopiladas en otras colecciones.

El libro abre con un poema que tiene un título con traducción rara. Originalmente se llama “I just make them up, see!” (¡Los acabo de hacer, vean!), pero lo tradujeron como ¡Vale la pena leerme,vean! Creo que más que nada es una ocurrencia asimoviana, pero con un título mal traducido, como que s
Mar 15, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dorks
Recommended to Chris by: my inner dork
I’m not much of a sci-fi fan, so if you’re looking for relevant insight as to how this book measures up to the many classics by Asimov and his peers, I’m not the man to ask. As a matter of fact, I’m usually not the man to ask about anything; certainly not if you’re looking for a correct or sensible response. However, let me give you my brief credentials: I once knew a guy named Erik (who happened to be a f*cking Latvian, of all things) who was a huge sci-fi fanatic, he worshipped Asimov, lived o ...more
Jul 07, 2017 Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very nice set of stories, which often surprised me with the twists at the end despite having read the book before perhaps a few years ago. Interestingly I don't feel like Asimov's stories have aged as much as Robert Heinlein's 'Stranger in a Strange Land', even though I think they were written a few years earlier than Heinlein's book.

Of course you still get incongruous old fashioned technology being used years in the future and such, but Asimov's stories seem to be less connected to a specific
Katie Robles
Jun 20, 2017 Katie Robles rated it it was amazing
Interesting, funny, thought provoking...Asimov doesn't disappoint.
May 25, 2017 Heather rated it really liked it
I had read several stories in this collection in other collections, but this book had no duds. lots of fun, including several SciFi mysteries that I particularly enjoyed.
May 27, 2017 Davydd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Great stories, as usual. I really enjoyed "The Final Question".
Manish Kapgate
Feb 21, 2017 Manish Kapgate rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2017, fiction
Nine tomorrows is collection of 9 short stories by Isaac Asimov. I had read only novels by Asimov, so this one was the first short story collection of his that I read. Some of them are excellent, some are good and some are pretty average.I will review each one of them individually.

1. Profession ( 4 stars ) : This is story in which children are educated in a field where they have the most potential to grow and not the one in which they want. The education takes place by means of educational tape
J.j. Metsavana
Dec 14, 2016 J.j. Metsavana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kogumik kus mõned lood paremad ja teised jälle kehvemad, ehk kokku okei lugemine aga samas ka kahtlemata mitte parim kogumik. Huvitav on ka see, et juttudest paistab kuidagi eriti tugevalt kas siis Asimovi või 50nendate enda naiivsus. Nt esimene lugu (hea lugu, mulle meeldis) käib vastu minuarust inimloogikale. Inimene üldiselt kui on vähegi võimalus konkurenti edestada siis ta leiab selle idee, ehk selleks ei pea geenius olema, et lugemine taasavastada. Eriti kui mängus on suur kasum ja võit. S ...more
Isaac Cooper
Oct 13, 2014 Isaac Cooper rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Here’s the thing: Isaac Asimov was a man of science. He also wrote fiction. The problem stems from the fact that writing books and being a biochemist are two very, very different things. Now, now, don’t start spitting at me, many men (and women) of science have written good novels, but it’s much harder to do for them. This is because scientific pursuits and artistic ones are quite different from each other. Science requires a logical mind, a mathematical mind. Science has no room for emotion, fe ...more
Troy Van horn
Feb 19, 2017 Troy Van horn rated it it was amazing
Asimov is at the top of my Sci-Fi heap.
Mark Oppenlander
Here is a nifty little collection of some Asimov short stories that don't fit neatly into a single category. They're not robot stories nor are they all set in the same universe. If these tales share anything, it would appear to be in their exploration of the ways in which human beings interact with science and the scientific method.

For example, the opening tale, "Profession," is a dystopian piece in which scientists and machines have become so adept at reading brain patterns and personal aptitud
Ori Pilo Kerman
Aug 25, 2012 Ori Pilo Kerman rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed
Out of nine short stories, only four where to my liking.

On the bad side:
I'm sure that at his time, Asimov was a brilliant Sci-Fi writer. His ideas are interesting and very imaginative. However, in the present, those same futuristic stories from our past have very "standard" and predictable plot-twists and advancement. Most of my reading, I guessed correctly what is going to happen next.

One more thing that really bothered me was Asimov's writing style. As a writer who's known for his novels about
John Bess
Feb 11, 2017 John Bess rated it really liked it
A rather enjoyable collection of science fiction stories. Definitely worth the read.
Kasia James
Nov 19, 2012 Kasia James rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A series of classic Asimov tales. Entertaining, of their time, and as ever, tinged with the author's strong ego. I found it interesting how he revisits and re-explores certain premises within this collection, such as the omnipotent computer, Multivac. Also interesting how slow he felt the progress of computer development would be - although to be fair he was writing these in the Fifties, when no-one forsaw the incredible rate of progress in this field. I suspect Asimov would have been delighted! ...more
Daniel Gonçalves
A tale about the sheer importance of eductation in long term and the way a carreer path can change your life. What if you could learn a profession in seconds with the aid of electrical impulses on the brain?

The Feeling of Power:

A story about the importance of the human brain. Are computers taking over our ability to think?


The Dying Night:
What if there was a possibility of instant travel, and one man had found out how to do it? A tale that soon turns into a mistery. Who ki
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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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