The Early Asimov: Book One
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The Early Asimov: Book One

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Stories Included:

The Callistan Menace.9

Ring Around the Sun.23

The Magnificent Possession.34


The Weapon Too Dreadful to Use.62

Black Friar of the Flame.76


The Secret Sense.126

Homo Sol136

Half-Breeds on Venus.151

The Imaginary.169



Christmas On Ganymede.210

The Little Man on the Subway.221

The Hazing.230


Not Final!252

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Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 12th 1981 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1972)
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David Sarkies
I expected that this book would be a collection of short stories that Isaac Asimov wrote at the beginning of his career (if you can call it a career) as a science-fiction writer, but as it turns out it is somewhat more than that. While it does contain the first six published stories that he wrote, these stories are broken up with a commentary on how he became a science-fiction writer, the rejections and the acceptances, the amount that he was paid for the piece of work, and also how he develope...more
I like short stories. I like fiction written before and during WWII. I like Asimov. That's a trifecta for this book, then. I'm pretty much guaranteed to like it.

This book is an interesting phenomena of the publishing world, though-- it's not published because the stories themselves are of extraordinary merit-- there is a reason why they haven't been anthologized before. These stories are collected more as an autobiography, of witnessing the growth of his writing and his identity of an author th...more
Title: "The Early Asimov or ,Eleven Years of Trying

Dutch Title: "Vroege Werken 1 - 1939-40 : De Dreiging van Callisto"

The Early Asimov series contains short stories written by Isaac Asimov that didn't got bundled before (1972) in other books. None of the stories are part of this Robot or Foundation universe. Most of them he sold to the sci-fi magazine 'Astounding', lead by John Campbell; others were published by other magazines of that era. Asimov follows each story with a history and detail...more
Una selección de cuentos de los inicios del Buen Doctor, incluyendo su primer cuento publicado. Tienen bastante más valor nostálgico que literario. No dejan de mostrar, sin embargo, las buenas ideas - como Opinión Pública o Un Arma Demasiado Terrible... - que la maestría en ciernes de Asimov convierte en entretenidas historias. Las leí con gran alegría, aún consciente que no son sus mejores invenciones. Además, están generosamente aderezadas con amplios comentarios del mismo Asimov sobre la géne...more
The Early Asimov Book 1 (pre 1920 - published 1912): Fun to read his early work and discussion about the writing and his struggle to get published. My favorite stories were Half-Breeds and Half-Breeds on Venus. These stories focus on characters called the tweenies whose snow white hair sticks straight up in the air. These highly intelligent people were discriminated against by the earthlings but of course they survive and lead a good life. Asimov came to a point where he never rewrote his storie...more
It's good to see Asimov's writing in its early stages. Unpolished, stilted dialogue, basic story lines, but fun and interesting.
Delania Collins
The stories are not his best. Certainly not classics. In most cases they were published once, in the 30s or 40s. When Asimov gives his impression of each story at the end, even he doesn't seem to like them.
Ned Davis
Early Asimov stories is very simplistic with character and plot. You can see him crafting his technique. He does tell much able early publishing experiences and his life.
Sep 22, 2007 Barry rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Yes
Those familiar with Isaac Asimov, which should be just about everybody, might find it interesting to see how his writing evolved over time. I know I did.
early asimov published short stories collection. Mostly worth reading for the commentary Isaac Asimov gives before and after each story.

My first ever science fiction book, given to me by my father. Great read. Great introduction
I read this slowly over lunch breaks, and it was a great travel through his early work.
Short stories, worth reading if you are into Asimov's works.
Grade B. Short stories. Book Ea1.
Good at the time
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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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