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Nine Tomorrows

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  3,255 ratings  ·  76 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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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
"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
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
William Macgoodwin
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
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
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.
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
Isaac Cooper
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
Israel Laureano
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
Ori Pilo Kerman
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
Mar 19, 2008 Chris rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
James Norton
At any length, Asimov - rightfully viewed as a master of sci-fi - can get pretty tedious. He's got a tin ear for dialogue and not a great deal of insight into his characters, which move in marionette-like ways through his stories. But! At short story length, he writes with a great deal of insight, foresight, and intelligence, and is an absolute pleasure. Nine Tomorrows captures vintage Asimov at his peak - well worth a read for any sci-fi enthusiast.
Gordon Gravley
I remember this as the first book I ever read. It wasn't really, of course. But it introduced me to Asimov, and he became the first author I ever got into. I read as much of his work as I could. His writing is clean and to-the-point. His stories are imaginative, often complex, yet always accessible. He set the standard for which all of science-fiction must hold itself up to.
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Carol Brandon
This is an old anthology by Isaac Asimov, consisting of 9 short stories. Some are more humourous; others more serious. As usual, thought provoking. Most were written in 1957-58; still relevant today. He definitely is an evolutionist and doesn't believe in God, but these are good sci fi.
Nine Tomorrows," is a collection of short stories that Asimov first had published in various magazines during the period July '56 to November '58. As the title suggests, all nine tales deal with possible futures that may face mankind. There were some gems in this collection. I especially loved "The Ugly Boy" and the two poems included.

This book reminded me why I fell in love with Asimov's writing as a teenager venturing into harder science fiction from the majority of fantasy books I was reading
Kasia James
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
Rafael da Silva
Ótimo livro. Histórias melhores ainda. Ficção científica é um ramo da literatura mais ligado a filosofia do que qualquer outro. São sempre levantados questionamentos interessantes sobre nós e o mundo.
Otis Campbell
I believed in my dreams
Nothing could change my mind
Till I found what they mean
Nothing can save me now

Jack Huber
One of my all-time favorite short stories is in this book- take time to read "Education Day."
Jorge Azevedo
Jul 24, 2012 Jorge Azevedo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jorge by: Rui Escadas
This is a collection of 9 short stories from Isaac Asimov, the sci-fi juggernaut, and it's the first book by him I've ever read. I'm really surprised at how influential this guy is. All that "Heavy Metal" pulp-sci-fi draws heavily from this guy's writing. Minority Report? Totally based on one of the stories here.

Really a great read. Very light-weight, the language isn't very elaborate. What's elaborate are the concepts, the stories keep it simple and straight-forward.

I'm definitely considering t
Josh Meares
The Last Question is a good short story. The rest are just kind of okay.
Michael Confoy
Good stories though some have not aged well.
Laura Morán iglesias
Fantásticas todas las historias. "El Niño Feo" me ha emocionado, aunque no sabría decir cuál ha sido mi favorita. ¡Todas increíbles!
Norman Felchle
Yeah....this Asimov guy is pretty good with science fictional stories.
Hemantkumar Jain
A superb collection of stories by Asimov – I give it a 5 star rating

As I read story after story by Asimov, I am surprised and almost startled at Asimov's thought process and his ability to raise fundamental questions (and make us, in fact force us - to THINK) under the disguise of sci-fi short stories.

Asimov's sci-fi is unlike anything i have read before ...
Asimov es un icono de la ciencia ficción, de hecho es el autor más reconocido del genero anteriormente mencionado, todos conocemos sus tres leyes de la robótica mencionadas en el fantástico libro Yo Robot (el cual tengo placer de haberlo leído) Pero ¿y sus cuentos no tan conocidos? ¿Serán igualmente buenos a la obra anteriormente mencionada? Esa pregunta me hice cuando me tope con el libro “Nueve Futuros” el cual después de leer la breve descripción me dispuse a leer.
***Dave Hill
(Original review Jan 2008)

This 1959 collection of Asimov shorts includes such sf classics as “The Last Question” and “The Ugly Little Boy.” They are are standard Asimov fare — somewhat-cardboard characters with odd names exploring technological advances in the present and future, usually with an twist ending to give it a bit of spice. It’s Golden Age sci-fi at it’s most Campbellian, and, for those who like that sort of thing, good entertainment.
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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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