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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,

Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published (first published 1995)
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This collection really impressed me. I didn't know really what to expect from this book. I haven't read a lot of Asimov, but I count him among my favorite authors because whenever I read his work I'm always impressed; so I was excited for this. And it delivered.

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
It feels odd sitting down to review this book, because on page 309, in the Essay titled "Book reviews", Asimov states:

"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
Steven Shinder
Isaac Asimov is one of my favorite writers, and this anthology does not fail to deliver. Though the table of contents is a little off, that does not ruin the reading experience. "Cal" is a story about a robot who aspires to become a writer. As a writer, I find him to be very relatable and enjoy the closing sentences of the story. "Left to Right" is a brief story about a science experiment and has an ironic, humorous ending. "Frustration" illustrates a relationship between war and money. "Halluci ...more
Asimov is a treasure, god bless him, but his fiction is often little more than a competently written one-liner. I attempted re-reading this whole collection and I got about half way through before remembering that it's so slight, there's a reason I only remember a bit of it now.
A coworker of mine lent me this collection after we discussed some of Asimov's short stories. I originally misinterpreted that this was a collection of Asimov's 'greatest hits' or something of that nature. Instead it is his final collection of short stories (plus other writings). The stories are fine, some are much better than others (I think the only ones I really enjoyed were "Cal" and "Kid Brother"). There's a recurring theme among these stories of Asimov inserting an element of himself into ...more
Riju Ganguly
Isaac Asimov has been not just a brilliant visionary who has shaped the worldview (if not the universe-view) of generations. He is also a cracking storyteller. Unfortunately, this collection doesn't do justice to either of his strengths. It merely does the job of bringing some of his later (and yet uncollected) short-stories, and several 'preface'-s that he had written for various anthologies. There are a few gems here, which shine with his humour. But most of these works are rather lacklustre. ...more
Bryan Murdock
This was my second attempt at "checking out" an e-book from the Salt Lake County library system. I wasn't sure it was going to work, so I just picked the first book I saw from an author that I know I like (with an intro from Orson Scott Card too!). It worked, and it turns out, I still really do like Isaac Asimov. Gold is a collection of short stories and essays.

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
The book is divided into three parts (see below).

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,
Me ha gustado volverme a encontrar con el inconfundible estilo y sentido del humor de Asimov.

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
Over half of this book is made up of essays on science fiction and writing, although this isn't indicated on the cover of my edition. The essays are taken from Asimov's magazine and introductions he wrote for anthologies. They seem to be filler added to bulk up the book to a respectable size. Still, I enjoyed some of them. One of them confirmed my hypothesis that when Asimov wrote his early stories he had not had much interaction with young women.

The stories themselves aren't bad. I didn't like
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
On the one hand, I very much enjoy Dr. Asimov's stories. All of the fiction in this volume was new to me, and a joy to read. That made up about 30% of the book.

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
Great, but not quite what I was expecting...: This is the first book by Isaac Asimov that I have ever read. I suppose it was a bit stupid to start with the last one. I think it's really good, although the writing is 'simpler' than I expected it to be. I thought it would be more complicated, but I think the fact that it is written in a simple way is good, as it does not detract from the actual stories, and makes it lighter reading. I will definitely be looking out for other books. i had heard his ...more
Air Knight
As someone who hasn't read anything by Asimov before "Gold" remained interesting enough, with some stories like "Cal", "Kid Brother" and "Gold" providing pretty good scenarios while others feeling too dry to make an impact, or having something which damages the story as in the case of "Alexander the God".

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
It's difficult to see Isaac's genius in his short stories as they don't give enough space to build a universe. There wasn't any particular story that stood out for me. However, I enjoyed the non-fiction section of the book where he outlines his writing processes and general opinion about the the SF community. This is where you get a feel for the authors character and how he viewed himself.
I LOVE this man :D I can't help but be inspired to write whenever I read him (and the list of what I've read is growing very quickly).

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.
Samuel Denberg
A must read for all Asimov fans! This is a collection of short stories & essays that had not been included in previous collections. I do not recommend this book for readers new to Asimov as it references older works.
For those of you who enjoy Asimov's dry humor and heady dialogue, this is a must.
Baal Of
The first third of this book is a collection of short stories. These are, I presume, from the last few years of Asimov's career. They are pretty standard Asimov fare, not his best stories, but worth reading if you are a fan. The rest of the book is a collection of essays primarily introductions to anthologies or magazine editorials. Unfortunately, the book gives no background on where the essays were taken from, which is rather annoying. The essay's themselves are enlightening. Asimov was quite ...more
فرهاد ذکاوت
I liked two last parts of this book. The editorial note of Asimov magazine by Asimov. But for the first part, despite of a little bit far from Asimov in nightfall or foundation series and so on, there are some ideas in short stories which sometimes may cause reader think about them. As a matter of fact, I thought about two ideas, one of the and the shortest one cause a proposal which of course is not comparable to single and simple Asimov's idea, but he was the reason.

The editorial notes in two
Lee Belbin
SS: Crappy story about computer animators to create a "compu-drama" from three beings in a parallel universe with different laws of physics.
Gordon Gravley
A great collection of Asimov's last writings. I especially like the essays on science fiction and writing.
Swapna Nair
Gold is basically a collection of some stray short stories, essays and in introductions given by Asimov on some of the concepts he invented during his years of writing. There are only a few short stories and they are good although not all are as great as his other works. I am not a great fan of non fiction, so the rest of the book might only interest people who want an indepth study of the way of writing a science fiction or need further research or analysis on the concepts therein. That is why ...more
Diego González
Publicada en castellano como "Adiós a la Tierra y otros relatos" por la editorial Albemut.

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,
The reason I decided to become a writer.
Barry Haworth
At the library not long I picked up "Gold" by Isaac Asimov. Billed as "The Final Collection", this book is a (posthumous) collection of some of Asimov's final works, bringing together unpublished short stories, essays on science fiction and essays on the art of writing. The essays are taken from introductions to short story collections or editorials in Asimov's SF magazine, which was a little distracting as they kept referring to the magazine, or the stories in the collection, but overall I foun ...more
I didn't read the whole book, because I am not really a fan of science fiction. I read some of the short stories and the main novelette (similar to a title track in a music album), which is entitled "Gold." It is one of the best short stories I've read, and it shows you that the value of money (or gold) is nothing compared to how well you do in your life. This is very apt especially for me, because I am not really a money-oriented person, and I can consider this novelette to be my favorite short ...more
I am an Asimov fan - back in the 60s, 70s, 80s I picked up his SF books, subscribe to his SF magazine, read many of his non-fiction books. Then he stopped writing and I stopped reading.
This book looked like it would be great - a series of short stories which have never appeared in 'book form' and a series of essays about the craft of writing SF.
Well I was disappointed in his SF stories, which is sad.
However, I was delighted and entertained by his essays. They were well worth the price of the boo
Santosh Bhat
The short stories were second tier Asimov tales, except for a few. What I found more interesting were his essays (a selection of editorials from his magazine and forewards), especially when he writes about the history of science fiction and his take on the process of writing. A prolific writer, throughout his long and illustrious career, Asimov's takes on the trials and tribulations, pleasures and pains of being a writer were very illuminating.
The fiction 1/3 is good. The rest just OK
This the final assembly of sort stories and essays by isaac asimov had a few cute stories and the main story "gold" was a retelling of another earlier story partly narrated by aliens with a completely different universe and set of universal laws and three genders. This time the same story was told as a story from the human perspective. Asimov was a master of setting galaxy spanning storylines and having the depth of characters to make the entire thing feel completely real.
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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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