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The Early Asimov: Volume 1 (The early Asimov or, Eleven Years of Trying #1)

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In the late 1930s a new young talent began to make his mark on the science fiction scene with a succession of outstanding stories in the various SF magazines of the time. His name: Isaac Asimov. He was later to become world-renowned as the author of such classics of modern science fiction as the epic FOUNDATION trilogy and the robot stories in which he formulated the now f ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published 1979 by Panther / Granada (first published September 6th 1973)
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Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Ok - this is a tricky one to rate - these books are wrapped up in as much nostalgia as there is enjoyment in reading the numerous short stories and articles from Isaac Asimov. Yes a lot of the other reviews cover off the fact that these are Asimov's early works and as such he himself critics them as much as anyone. As one other reviewer put it - take then for what they are - early works of an author still practicing his skill and learning his way. An author still finding his way out of cliches a ...more
Pieter Swier
The Callistan Menace ~ ★★★
Ring Around the Sun ~ ★★★
The Magnificent Possession ~ ★★
Trends ~ ★★★
The Weapon Too Dreadful to Use ~ ★★★
Black Friar of the Flame ~ ★★
Half-Breed ~ ★★★
The Secret Sense ~ ★★★
Chris Sutton
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was a delight to read for two reasons. First, Asimov's personal reflections on his writing, and his anecdotes about friends and colleagues are as entertaining as his short stories. Secondly, I enjoyed the spirit of optimism in many of his stories. Admittedly, I had just finished an anthology of apocalyptic fiction (a collection that, though absorbing, was unremittingly depressing) so I was primed for a set of stories like this. Asimov admits to naivete in these early works, and he's ri ...more
Bird Lovegod
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Yes, enjoyable. Take it for what it is, it's a series of Asimovs short stories, the first ones, each one preceded by an introduction including the publishing attempts. A book of how the stories came to be and be in the public domain. Especially interesting to those considering publishing / authorship as a career / lifestyle.
David Blyth
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it

Page 9 - Introduction
Page 18 - The Callistan Menace
Page 36 - Ring Around the Sun
Page 51 - The Magnificent Possession
Page 54 - Trends
Page 89 - The Weapon to Dreadful to Use
Page 107 - The Black G=Friar of the Flame
Page 152 - Half-Breed
Page 175 - The Secret Sense
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
Of most interest to completist fans, with Asimov himself more than ready to admit to the stories' shortcomings in his afterwords, the majority of these stories take interesting ideas and drown them in cliche and clunky dialogue.
Charlie Hempsted
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brilliant read. Most of Asimov's best work is in his short stories and it is extremely exciting for a window into the mind of the man as he first embarked on his writing career.
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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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