Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection
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
"I have never made any secret of the fact that I dislike the concept of reviews and the profession of reviewing."
Ha! Well. Rarely do I disagree so heartily with Asimov - one of my favourite authors - but I do here (quite good-naturedly). He is of course poking fun at both the reviewers and himself, as he is wont to do. I still think reviewing is something that does have a purpos ...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
So far the fiction was not that good, and the non-fiction essays are either introductions to other anthologies which talk a lot about those anthologies or editorials from Asimov's magazine. Lot's of platitudes and references to stuff in the books/magazines they were published in.
Not really worthy of collecting and publishing again.
It felt like a collection to cash in on some left over pieces.
About 2/3s of this collection is an assortment of essays about science fiction and writing. I didn't read many of them but they are entertaining in their own right.
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
The stories themselves aren't bad. I didn't like ...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
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
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
Having said that, Gol ...more
The last two parts contain Asimov's thoughts on writing and on science fiction, but none of them really stand out as particularly great, since a lot of them require a decent grasp of other scien ...more
About half of the book was science fiction stories and half was essays on science fiction ...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
The editorial notes in two ...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 second part is a collection of introductions to other books, revealing some of Asimov's thoughts and opinions on various topics, but after two or three I started to feel cheated. I wanted to read the books he was introducing!
And that's where I stopped. I thoroughly enjoyed the first part, and I'm another fan of his mig ...more
Words of wisdom from the man who churned it out best: "We can define "sci-fi" as trashy material sometimes confused, by ignorant people, with SF. Thus, Star Trek is SF while Godzilla Meets Mothra is sci-fi."
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