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The Complete Stories Of Isaac Asimov: V. 1 (The Complete Stories #1)

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The first book of the planned definitive three-volume collection of short stories by the prolific Isaac Asimov, whose tales have delighted countless fans for over half a century--a must for every science fiction bookshelf. The series was discontinued after the second volume.
Published (first published January 1st 1990)
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4.5 stars. If have not read all of the stories in this collection so this review/rating is only for the stories listed below (which means it may change over time as I read more of them):

The Dead Past: Great short story (actually a novelette) dealing with advanced technology being kept from the public and the conflict that creates with "scientific freedon." The parallels to atomic power and all the benefits and problems that arose as a result are clear. This is a great read.

The Foundation of S.F
Sorin Craciun
Feb 09, 2013 Sorin Craciun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book from the intented to be a three volumes complete Asimov stories (but only the first two was published). It contain 25 stories:

1. The Dead Past: ****

2. The Foundation of SF Success: ****

3. Franchise: ****

4. Gimmicks Three: *****

5. Kid Stuff: *****

6. The Wattery Place: ****

7. Living Space: *****

8. The Message: ***

9. Satisfaction Guaranteed: ****

10. Hell-Fire: *****

11. The Last Trump: *****

12. The Fun they Had: *****

13. Jokester: *****

14. The Immortal Bard: ****

15. Someday: *
Apr 18, 2012 Remo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ciencia-ficcion, 2006

Un retorno a los “clásicos”. Tengo por mi biblioteca unos cuantos libros de cuentos de Isaac Asimov [IA], pero la tentación de tenerlos todos juntos es demasiado grande. Cuando ví que, además, cada tomo valía sólo 5 euros, me lancé sin dudarlo.

¿Qué podemos decir de los cuentos de Asimov? Este señor ha sido uno de los autores más prolíficos que han existido en nuestro tiempo. Llegaba incluso a sacar un libro recopilatorio cada vez que escribía 100 libros (sus famosos Opus 100 y Opus 200). Los cu

Hada Pulgarín
Feb 08, 2016 Hada Pulgarín rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uno de mis propósitos de año nuevo es hacer reviews de todos los libros para recordarlos mejor, entonces aquí vamos...

No sé ni por donde empezar, me demoré bastante leyendo este libro pero no porque no fuera bueno o no me encarretara sino principalmente por mi bendita inconsistencia además de que hubo algunos otros libros en el medio y tampoco llegué a dedicarle mucho tiempo, pero lo logré y me encantó!

Creo que lo que más me gustó fue la diversidad dentro del mismo género, eran todos cuentos de
Jun 04, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cualquier persona mínimamente interesada en la ciencia ficción
Recommended to Fernando by: El azar de la librería
Habiendo abandonado la lectura de ciencia ficción por más de 10 años (desde la adolescencia) fue más que grato encontrarme con la primera parte de esta colección de cuentos de Isaac Asimov, primera lectura de su extensa obra para mi. Pese a su voluminosa extensión, se lee bien rápido; no hay cuentos malos, como mucho pasables; por el contrario, la mayoría se destaca de una u otra manera, marcando la pauta para diversas temáticas de la ciencia ficción del siglo XX. Particularmente, no encontré fu ...more
Prashanthini Mande
Sep 18, 2014 Prashanthini Mande rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Prashanthini by: Vinoth
This is my first tryst with science fiction and I'm glad I started with Asimov. I expected all the stories to be brilliant, science-wise, but I did not expect Asimov to be this engaging a storyteller. Nor did I expect any kind of short story to have character development. Maybe it's because there is a recurring theme in all these stories, but it took surprisingly short amount of time to familiarize with every character in every story, enough for me to care.

Among his futuristic, sometimes dystop
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 16, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I sometimes joke that Isaac Asimov is my intellectual father: although that's not that far from the truth. His essays, pro-reason and pro-science, had a huge influence upon me growing up. He's probably best known for his science fiction novels, but I think his best fiction by far is to be found in his short stories. This first volume collecting his short stories has several of his best. There are 46 short stories here, one from 1941, five from the 1960s, but the bulk are from the fifties. Some d ...more
Manu Prasad
Nov 10, 2011 Manu Prasad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Forget science fiction, if you are the kind who is affected by story telling and the imagination involved therein, this is a must-read. It's amazing that even after half a century has passed, and humanity has advanced quite a bit, Asimov's work, even in terms of human relationships, raises questions we haven't even begun exploring. He has a great sense of humour, which raises its head at the most improbable moments, thereby making it all the more fun.
The collection has quite a few stories about
Brian Hodges
Seriously, how has it taken me this long to discover Isaac Asimov. I'd read "I, Robot" last summer and totally dug it. Then, thanks to StumbleUpon I discovered the story "The Last Question" and was thoroughly mesmerized. After that it was settled, I HAD to read as much of this man's work as possible.

How can I even begin to express my love for this collection of short stories? I know it's a cliche, but they made me feel like a little kid again, curled up in a big comfy chair with a book that made
Karina Vargas
May 25, 2015 Karina Vargas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Maravilloso! Aunque no he leído muchos libros de este género, debo decir que este fue un gran introductor. No se trata sólo de la imaginación, el futuro, lo que puede suceder si ocurre una cosa o sucede otra, la ciencia como herramienta y la única salvación, de lo posible o lo imposible, y la ficción como un escape de la realidad; es la manera de contarlo, de escribirlo y de pensarlo. Todo está construido de una forma que el lector simplemente queda asombrado ante esa puerta que se construye y s ...more
Apr 12, 2012 José rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to José by: Nahuel
Una colección que no tiene desperdicio, los cuentos de Asimov tratan diversidad temas, en todos, el autor parece conocerlos con profundidad, motivo por el cual se lo considera un erudito. En cada ocasión, el lector es ubicado en un momento determinado del tiempo, bajo diversas condiciones propias de dimensiones y realidades diferentes pero con un leve parecido a la nuestra, lo que logra así conectarnos con esa ficción y finalmente sorprendernos y generalmente dejando una sonrisa al final de cada ...more
Mark Hebwood
Oh dear. After reading the 25 short stories in this collection, I think I have three comments: (1) This is a book of jokes, but many of them are lame (2) Isaac clearly is a chauvinist, and maybe even something worse (3) Some of these are quite good. Overall, I could only give this two stars, and this despite the fact that some of the robot novels and the Foundation series rank, in my view, amongst the most excellent Sci-Fi I read. So what do I have to say for myself?

This is a book of jokes

Ken Doggett
Oct 03, 2014 Ken Doggett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever read Isaac Asimov's stories you can understand why he was considered such an enormous talent. This book is a collection of his short stories that were written and published in the 1940s, throughout the 1950s, and into the 1960s. Certain social situations and much of the technology is now dated. For example, his idea of the dating scene in the 1950s aligned more closely, I believe, to the 1890s, and resembled more the customs depicted in Pride and Prejudice, than, say, in the James ...more
Ben Mok
Jul 11, 2013 Ben Mok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science-Fiction/Mystery Fans
Shelves: science-fiction
Isaac Asimov needs no introduction, I believe, not especially to those well-versed in the Science-Fiction genre, a much-maligned area of speculative fiction that has only in recent (well, recent at least in literary terms) years been receiving the recognition it deserves. Famous for genre mainstays such as "I, Robot" and the Foundation trilogy, his stories focus primarily around classic Sci-Fi themes such as possible futuristic social scenarios and the dangers of technological proliferation. He ...more
Luis Fernando
Mar 12, 2015 Luis Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sensacional primer volumen de cuentos. Un placer dejarse llevar por la erudición y maestría en la palabra de este verdadero genio de la escritura.
Mrs. Carbonneau's Class
Isaac asimov the complete stories is a collection of short stories written by him over the years of writing. some stories are good others are of lesser quality i am going to show one i like and one i don't
one i like was “Franchise” it was about a future where elections are won by a single conversation with a computer and it performs a complicated algorithm based on the conversation to determine the winner. its plot is suspenseful and unique.
one i didn't like was the dead the past it was about a
Mr. Garcia
Must read stories include: The Last Question, Nightfall, and Profession. I believe Asimov was a true optimist, and he helped me to believe that we should have faith in our abilities, our society, and technology to make our future better. His short stories quickly establish interesting and compelling characters and unfold unpredictably.
Dec 06, 2015 B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
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Sep 24, 2014 Gerald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of Asimov's short stories from the 1950s and 1960s. As a result, some of the technological ideas are a bit dated (like his constant use of "Multivac" the gigantic technocratic computer). Also, Asimov could not seem to write female characters with much depth. Still many of these stories are insightful and visionary, asking questions about things like the impact of technology on privacy, or the true nature of education. Most are the sort of clever and funny stories that Asimov ...more
Andrew McCrae
Jan 07, 2016 Andrew McCrae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-read
25 Asimov short stories written between 1951 and 1958, and yet only two of them achieved a rating of 7/10 or more - the best being The Last Question [1956]. In Fact, some (Profession [1957]) were so badly written, so seemingly thrown together on the typewriter (and not proofed after), that if the author had remained withheld, I would not have guessed said author would have been the great Isaac Asimov.

Of course, there are three main reasons why Asimov cannot retain his greatness of stature as the
Scott Holstad
Nov 23, 2015 Scott Holstad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 600+ page book of short stories is a pretty good collection of Asimov's early 1950s work. Some of the stories are very, very good, such as "Nightfall," which I was delighted to find had been turned into a full novel later, which I recently bought and intend to read. Others are not quite as good. One that irritated me was "I'm in Marsport Without Hilda," where a man comes "home" to a space station after being out in space for a long time and as he'll be heading for the planet and his wife in ...more
Anthologies are always hard. Some of the stories were great, and some were grating. I'm glad I read this first volume and will read the others someday as well. Mainly because I want to know the foundation of scifi and understand when people build on Asimov's ideas and reference his work in their own. Because while an idea may be new to me, it doesn't mean it was new to the author and I'd like to see behind the curtain.
Random things I noticed that date the stories very strongly: everyone smokes,
Jun 07, 2007 ~eljefe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fun
totally fun short stories that make you think of things you wouldn't otherwise
Sam Gilbert
The stories are definitely out-dated. In fact, if I were the easily offended type, I would throw this book out. No, I lie. I would never do that to a book, especially a library book. I know this was supposed to be science fiction but in some places it was more of a comedy. It was jarring reading the descriptions of computers or the thoughts of the characters in regards to some social situation. I suppose it wasn't all bad. It simply reflects the past a bit too closely even though the setting is ...more
As always, Isaac Asimov's stories take the reader to a variety of places, times, perspectives and situations. There were so many thought provoking stories in this collection that I feel like I should immediately read it again to fully appreciate them. Unfortunately, I have library books to finish up and return that I completely neglected once I started this collection - so rereading will have to wait for another day.

Asimov deals with many themes, but most of the stories were along the same theme
Sep 11, 2013 Lalo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Por mucho, el mejor libro de cuentos que he leído que yo recuerde. Hay de todo y para todos los gustos, pensé que iban a ser puros del estilo de Yo, Robot, pero no, hay hasta algunos "apocalípticos" y uno que otro detectivesco.

Creo que leí un par de cuentos Insuperables. Sí, con mayúscula, me dejaron sin dormir y/o meditando todo el día, de esos que en 20 años voy a seguir recordando.

Mis favoritos(5 estrellas)sin orden en específico, fueron:

-Profesión/Profession(1957). Uno de los cuentos que má
May 02, 2012 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Isaac Asimov is obviously one of the most popular Science Fiction writers of all times. He wrote over 300 books in the course of his life, from the 1950s to the 1990s.

This volume is not the Complete Story VI as stated above, but the Complete Story I and contains his earliest short stories. For over 600 pages, the book is a fairly quick read.

The stories are typically themed around the troubles of the times (1950s). The 1950s saw the growth of television, atomic energy, the hydrogen bomb, rocket
José Monico
Jan 02, 2014 José Monico rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very high-quality array of short stories in this volume. Really attests to Isaac Asimov's genius, and imagination. Not a dull hair in this tome, which should be a quick read regardless of the 600+ pages of intrigue.

A few of my favorites were:

"Gimmicks Three" - A man finds himself dealing with the underworld, only to find all his success was a deterministic illusion. Ah, but there is a bit of redemption at the end.

"Satisfaction Guaranteed" - Mrs. Belmont detests the idea of being a test subj
Melinda Brasher
Feb 08, 2014 Melinda Brasher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Great high-concept science fiction. I didn't care much for most of the fantasy and poetry, but the sci fi really made me think.

Asimov's stories aren't very action-packed, which is cool. Resist Hollywood! There's a lot of sitting around and talking, and boy is it interesting talk. Tricky issues and fascinating possibilities. It also gives some good insight into the mindset of the time (most stories were written in the 50s). It's amazing how so many of his predictions for the future were so dead r
May 17, 2013 May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to May by: BDH.
I liked it, or at least most of it.

Since it's short stories I rated each one alone; so out of five:
1. The Dead Past: 5
2. The Foundation of SF Success: 5
3. Franchise: 4
4. Gimmicks Three: 3
5. Kid Stuff: 3
6. The Watery Place: 5
7. Living Space: 4
8. The Message: 2
9. Satisfaction Guaranteed: 5
10. Hell-Fire: 2
11. The Last Trump: 1
12. The Fun they Had: 5
13. Jokester: 5
14. The Immortal Bard: 3
15. Someday: 4
16. The Author's Ordeal: 5
17. Dreaming is a Private Thing: 3
18. Profession: 5
19. The Feeling of Pow
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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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