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Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 1: 1939

(Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  225 ratings  ·  23 reviews
8 · Introduction · Martin H. Greenberg · in
11 · I, Robot [Adam Link] · Eando Binder · ss Amazing Jan ’39
25 · The Strange Flight of Richard Clayton · Robert Bloch · ss Amazing Mar ’39
35 · Trouble with Water · Horace L. Gold · ss Unknown Mar ’39
56 · Cloak of Aesir [Sarn] · Don A. Stuart · na Astounding Mar ’39
103 · The Day Is Done · Lester del Rey · ss Astoundi
Paperback, 432 pages
Published 1979 by DAW
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Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I, Robot, by Eando Binder: good story about human fear of AI.

Strange Flight of Richard Clatyon, by Robert Bloch: excellent, deceptive story of "inner space" -- a story that was inevitable, but Bloch got to it first!

Trouble With Water, by H.L. Gold: very entertaining and humorous fable, but not sure it should be classified as "sf." Water gnomes who swim by ear-propulsion!

Cloak of Aesir, by Don Stuart (J.W. Campbell): hopelessly tedious and unreadable. Tried to stick with it for over two days and
Ricardo Carrión Pavez
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Una gran selección de relatos de ciencia ficción hecha por Asimov. Disfruté mucho cada uno de los relatos. Pero hay tres que me gustaron mucho:

El día ha muerto (Lester del rey)

Este cuento es denominado por Asimov como de ciencia ficción prehistórica. Trata la vida del último hombre de Neanderthal que, ya viejo, vive en medio de una sociedad predominante de hombres cromañon. De esta forma, el autor muestra la diferencia entre dos géneros homo. Mientras el Homo sapiens (Cromañon) evoluciona su pul
"Le grandi storie della fantascienza 1", titolo originale "Isaac Asimov Presents: the Great SF Stories 1 (1939)", è il primo volume dell'antologia di racconti di fantascienza Le grandi storie della fantascienza raccolti e commentati da Isaac Asimov e Martin H. Greenberg per far conoscere maggiormente i racconti della Golden Age (Età d'oro) della fantascienza, che va dal 1939 al 1963. Le 25 raccolte furono pubblicate in origine dal 1979 al 1992, alla cadenza di due volumi l'anno.
Gli ultimi due vo
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
These stories are Asimov's and Greenberg's choices as the best of 1939, which they defined as the first year of the golden age of science fiction. It's hard to argue with any of their choices, and I think it's good that they picked a few stories that were a little more obscure than the obvious, famous, often-anthologized choices. My favorites in this book are the Van Vogt, both of the De Camps, and the C.L. Moore. Good historical stuff here!
Jim Syler
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn’t actually read this book; I read it as part of a combined volume:Isaac Asimov Presents the Golden Years of Science Fiction: 36 Stories and Novellas. But there wasn’t enough space in my review there for all my comments on the individual stories, so I’m posting them here. Refer to my review of that book for my thoughts on the book as a whole.

Below is a short description and review/discussion of every included story, as well as some random thoughts I had while reading. This is as much for m
Francis Fabian
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series started with short SF stories from 1939 by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg. It lasted 24 years until Asimov sadly dies. They did one more year with Robert Silverberg replacing Asimov. But it did not continue. Much to my and my brother's chagrin. Easily the best "Best of" yearly SF short collections during its run (and possible after). They both had a great eye for a good SF story. Almost never a clunker. Highly recommended. I collected all via 2nd hand book stores during the 80s ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
7/10. Una de las muchas recopilaciones de varios autores clásicos que hizo Asimov.
Leed, leed los autores de los relatos...que no te aburres leyendo a estos clásicos, vamos.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some great stories. Some pretty good stories. All from the Golden Age of SF. I got it for the story "Rust" by Joseph E. Kelleam, which I read in 9th grade and wanted to read again.
Tom Britz
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Isaac Asimov was never one to shy away from what he thought and what makes this collection of SF's best stories from it's early days is his commentary. 1939 was the beginning of SF's Golden Age.
I have the german edition
Martin Hernandez
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Primer volumen de una esmeradísima selección en la que ASIMOV presenta cronológicamente los relatos que marcaron la evolución del género. Parece como si a ASIMOV le hubiese dado un ataque de nostalgia y hubiese querido hacer una version de “Los premios Hugo” antes de que estos existiesen. Las razones no importan, por que el resultado es una de las colecciones mas deliciosas de cuentos de la era "pulp". Pequeñas maravillas, un tanto ingenuas y acartonadas, pero llenas del encanto de las cosas ant ...more
Matteo Pellegrini

Questo primo volume della collana abbraccia un anno particolarmente difficile per il mondo intero, il 1939, e raccoglie 20 storie i cui autori hanno saputo trasformare la fantascienza da facile romanzetto d'azione in un genere di letteratura che merita rispetto e ha ottenuto un proprio spazio stabile nel tempo. Questi primi venti racconti condurranno il lettore attraverso lo specchio della fantasia dove mondi rovesciati paiono reali, altrettanto credibili e, talvolta, più desiderabili di quello

Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
My rating system is as follows: 0=abandoned, 1=enraging, 2=disappointing, 3=average, 4=good, 5=favorite.
* Isaac ASIMOV - Trends - 2
* Eando BINDER - I, Robot - 3
* Robert BLOCH - The Strange Flight of Richard Clayton - 3
* Nelson BOND - Pilgrimage - 3
* L. Sprague de CAMP - The Blue Giraffe - 3
* L. Sprague de CAMP - The Gnarly Man - 2
* H. L. GOLD - Trouble With Water - 3 (Fantasy)
* Robert A. HEINLEIN - Life-Line - 3
* Robert A. HEINLEIN - Misfit - 3
* Joseph E. KELLEAM - Rust - 2
* Henry KUTTNER - The
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Desde la presentación que hace Asimov a los años que componen este libro hasta la selección de autores y cuentos es todo una maravilla.

Los 14 cuentos son muy buenos, es difícil elegir algunos favoritos, pero El día ha muerto de Lester del Rey, el terror de It de Theodore Sturgeon, el humor de El halo equivocado de Henry Kuttner y el alien de Destructor negro después robado para hacer unas películas ;) son de los mejores.

Venía leyendo la colección de Bruguera y me estaba cansando un poco, ya que
George Donigian
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A nice anthology of sci fi stories from 1939. Some feel a bit dated, others prescient. Martin Greenberg offers detailed introductions while Asimov offers personal connections with the authors or stories. A most enjoyable collection.
Jack Williamson
Isaac Asimov Presents Great Science Fiction Stories of 1939 (1979)
Oct 06, 2012 marked it as abbandonati  ·  review of another edition
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Lo strano mondo di Richard Clayton di Robert Bloch ***

Il giorno è compiuto di Lester Del Rey *****

L'uomo nodoso di L. Sprague de Camp ***

Simone Scardapane
Non mi ero reso conto che si trattava esattamente della stessa raccolta già ristampata da Urania Collezione. Rileggerlo mi farà comunque piacere.
Jeff Greason
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Some of my favorite classic short SF Stories in this volume.
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
excelentes relatos cortos.
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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 one of the most prolific writers 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 o

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