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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 Sol.136
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
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 12th 1981 by Del Rey (first published 1972)
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David Sarkies
Mar 18, 2013 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love Asimov
Recommended to David by: Saw it in a shop
Shelves: sci-fi
A collection of Asimov's earliest publish works, with a commentary
23 March 2013

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 acceptanc
Feb 25, 2011 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Brian Moloney
Oct 27, 2014 Brian Moloney rated it it was ok
This is really one for the completists, containing the first (previously uncollected) stories Asimov wrote way back in 1940-1942. if you want a better indication of his skill as a writer, check out his robots short stories or his foundation series, as the focus here seems to be Asimovs autobiographical interludes detailing each story's genesis, revision, acceptance or rejection as well as the authors developing relationship with editors and the gradual building of his skill and confidence as a w ...more
Aug 26, 2009 Djiezes rated it really liked it
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
Apr 05, 2012 Julio rated it liked it
Shelves: cf, cuentos
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
Dec 16, 2010 Rusty rated it liked it
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
Jun 14, 2016 Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to write stories
Shelves: childhood
These stories are fairly standard late 1930s/1940s science fiction -- a fun and interesting view into the science and preoccupations of the time period (and young men). But the real joy of this book is the essays by Asimov between the stories. As a writer, I found his experiences fascinating and encouraging. Years and years of stubbornness! Never mind that his timing was excellent in terms of finding a paying market and that he's a genius, I still found the essays so helpful for continuing to ge ...more
Jul 08, 2016 FranklinTV rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
More collected Asimov short stories that began my journey into reading, so kept mainly for that reason rather than to re-read. These are from his early period (strange to think about how old these stories are given they are from the 1940s). I do like how Asimov gives a short background to each story and what was happening in his life at the time before it is presented. Alas, none of these stories would seem to have stuck in my memory.
Dec 26, 2014 Esagui rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Y aunque son relatos “trabajados” hasta lograr encontrar espacio (y aceptación) en revistas literarias es obvio que todavía no alcanzaban el nivel del gran Asimov, aunque podemos encontrar las bases y acercamientos a grandes obras como “La fundación” y “Yo, robot“, permitiendo al lector apasionado ver el crecimiento de esa obra que ya disfrutamos."

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Oct 21, 2015 Jerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A Quickie Review

The late great Isaac Asimov got his start selling stories to magazines, but, in his early days, he hadn't quite honed his craft yet; even he admits in the commentary that the stories in this volume have some serious flaws. Die-hard fans of the grandmaster of science fiction might enjoy this, but, more casual ones should stick to his better-known works.

Score: 2/5
Jun 25, 2015 Dmk rated it really liked it
Well, Asimov has written many better books with better stories, but it is very interestng to look at the beginings of loved author, to see how he become amazing author. It also gives you look how sci-fi periodics worked at these times.
Delania Collins
Oct 13, 2013 Delania Collins rated it it was ok
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.
Nathan Dellinger
Apr 15, 2015 Nathan Dellinger rated it really liked it
An excellent collection of early stories by the Sci-Fi great, Isaac Asimov. Had a very fun time reading his earlier collection, and even more so I enjoyed the commentary between stories about what was going on in his life at the time. This is a must-read for fans of Asimov.
Jeffrey Self
Jun 04, 2016 Jeffrey Self rated it it was amazing
This is an essential collection for any Asimov fans. It showcases his earliest stories that he wrote while attending university, each followed by a brief reflection on the piece and its historical/biographical context. I'm very excited to read Book Two.
May 04, 2015 Barry rated it really liked it
Great classic. Book everyone must read it starting out reading Asimov
Ned Davis
Apr 25, 2014 Ned Davis rated it liked it
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.
Apr 30, 2011 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: early-teen, cleanskin
Good at the time
Sep 22, 2007 Barry rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 12, 2009 Linda added it
Shelves: fiction, recommended
This is wonderful.
May 28, 2014 Dan rated it liked it
It's good to see Asimov's writing in its early stages. Unpolished, stilted dialogue, basic story lines, but fun and interesting.
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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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