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Doubleday, 1974, hardcover. First published in Britain the previous year. STORIES: Marooned Off Vesta (1939); Nightfall (1941); The C-Chute (1951); The Martian Way (1952); The Deep (1952); The Fun They Had (1951); The Last Question (1956); The Dead Past (1956); The Dying Night (1956); Anniversary (1959); The Billiard Ball (1967); Mirror Image (1972).
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 1973 by Sphere (London) (first published 1973)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Best of Isaac Asimov, Isaac Asimov
The Best of Isaac Asimov (Sphere, 1973) is a collection of twelve science fiction short stories by American writer Isaac Asimov. Contents: Introduction; "Marooned off Vesta" (1939); "Nightfall" (1941); "C-Chute" (1951); "The Martian Way" (1952); "The Deep" (1952); "The Fun They Had" (1951); "The Last Question" (1956); "The Dead Past" (1956); "The Dying Night" (1956); "Anniversary" (1959); "The Billiard Ball" (1967); and "Mirror Image" (1972).
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Simona Bartolotta
«Credevamo che sei stelle in un universo fossero tante.»

In genere sono poco fiduciosa verso le raccolte dai titoli sule genere di questo, Il meglio di Asimov. In primis perché, persino ed anzi in special modo per l'autore stesso, è davvero difficile selezionare i testi, per così dire, migliori (ricordo che Asimov è autore di centinaia di racconti), e poi perché, com'è naturale, i gusti dei lettori sono ampiamente vari. Tizio in una storia preferisce che si lasci spazio all'introspezione dei pers
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T4ncr3d1
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, statunitensi
"Cosa accadrebbe se gli uomini potessero vedere le stelle una sola volta ogni mille anni?"
"Impazzirebbero".


Qualcuno potrebbe storcere il naso, pieno di scetticismo, di fronte ad un'antologia eufemisticamente intitolata Il Meglio di Asimov. Eppure, si tratta di un'opera preziosa, il migliore punto di partenza per avventurarsi nel mondo fantascientifico di Asimov. L'edizione è ben curata, aperta da una prefazione scritta dallo stesso autore nel quale illustra i singoli racconti e le motivazioni ch
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John Wiswell
Aug 06, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science fiction readers
I'm fairly certain this is the volume I read, but without a cover shot I cannot be sure. It contains most of the stories I recall in the collection I picked up. If you are curious, the stories contained in this volume are:

Marooned Off Vesta (1939)
Nightfall (1941)
C-Chute (1951)
The Martian Way (1952)
The Deep (1952)
The Fun They Had (1954)
The Last Question (1956)
The Dead Past (1956)
The Dying Night (1956)
Anniversary (1959)
The Billiard Ball (1967)
Mirror Image (1972)

This collection represent
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Abraham Lewik
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fantasy
My favourite is, 'The Martian Way'. The best of the rest are; 'The Deep', 'The Billiard Ball', 'The Dying Night', 'Marooned Off Vesta' & 'Anniversary'. 'C-Shute' offers a more radical Alien. 'Nightfall' eschews a "real" alien, instead embiggening that sensation.
Melinda
Asimov at his best. I've always enjoyed his short stories tremendously, and this group shows a really nice span of topics and dates.
KJ
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a thrilling book. I wish I'd read this growing up. It's a series of facinating thought experiments which make you wonder how different life could've been. Because the characters are all chip-in-the-shoulder humans, what you have is an utterly believable account of panicked people in a fantastic situation. I can't wait to get back to it tonight :)
Ned Summers
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly insightful author. Great display of the development of his style including some of the most famous stories.
Zebardast Zebardast
be nazaram baiad esme in ketabo mizashtan"badtarin haye asimov" oonam ba badtarin tarjomeye momken!
Connor Mcintosh
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real corker. 12 short stories that just keep giving. Mac you will want to get in on this
Vincent
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
complete peace in the middle of a beauty-drenched universe


I once read, somewhere, that the movie Tremors is the prime example of a movie that does not waste any scenes, minutes, or words. Every moment builds the story and no dialogue feels wasted.

This is how I feel about each of these Asimov short stories. I picked up this book hoping to enjoy some sci-fi, and I did, but what I really enjoyed most was the writing itself. Check out the first few sentences of The Dying Night:


It was almost a

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Andrew Han
A collection of Asimov's short stories, with a brief introduction in the beginning by Asimov himself detailing some autobiographical notes.

Asimov of course is a seminal figure in science fiction, and his impact on the field continues to impact how we conceive of the genre today. That said, most of the stories, in my opinion, did not age well. Black Mirror and other contemporary sci-fi works, though morbidly dystopian compared to the optimistic Asimov, are much more gripping and thought-provokin
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Zack
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Best of Isaac Asimov (_/5)
Rated (_/5)

• Marooned off Vesta (1939) (3/5)
• Nightfall (1941) -
• C-Chute (1951) (3/5)
• The Martian Way (1952) (3/5)
• The Deep (1952) (2/5)
• The Fun They Had (1951) (4/5)
• The Last Question (1956) (4/5)
• The Dead Past (1956) (3/5)
• The Dying Night (1956)
• Anniversary (1959) (3/5)
• The Billiard Ball (1967) -
• Mirror Image (1972) (2/5)

( - ) previously read, skipped in this collection.

A good representation of Asimov's over a 30 year period.
Franks V.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Doubleday, 1974, hardcover. First published in Britain the previous year. STORIES: Marooned Off Vesta (1939); Nightfall (1941); The C-Chute (1951); The Martian Way (1952); The Deep (1952); The Fun They Had (1951); The Last Question (1956); The Dead Past (1956); The Dying Night (1956); Anniversary (1959); The Billiard Ball (1967); Mirror Image (1972).


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James Miller
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book includes some cracking tales as one might expect given the title. Night falls is very good and I liked the Martian Way. I feel Asimov had a keen eye for human psychology and these stories have loss, guilt, manipulation, courage and more; the sci-fi is oftenmerely a vehicle.
Viktor Malafey
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Роботи, роботи.
Навколо нас в майбутньому одні роботи!
Kasey Jane
My mom first checked this out of the library for me when I was fifteen. A few of the stories -- The Deep, The Dead Past, and The Last Question -- have stuck with me over the years, and so I revisted that library to read it again (they'd gotten rid of the book, sadly).

This is a great collection of classic, unusual science fiction by the master.

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Giacomo Boccardo
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza
Questa antologia varrebbe la pena di essere acquistata anche solo per il racconto "L'ultima domanda", in cui Asimov riesce a condensare in pochissime pagine una storia originale, che abbraccia un arco temporale inimmaginabile e coniuga scienza e religione. Non vi accenno nemmeno la trama così vi lascio la curiosità e sarete costretti a leggerlo, tiè! :P

Ed ora veniamo all'elenco dei racconti presenti:

Naufragio: considerando che è stato scritto nel 1938 da un ragazzo di 18 anni è sicuramente appre
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volume primo

Naufragio (Racconto, Marooned off Vesta, 1939) di Isaac Asimov 
Traduzione di Hilia Brinis

Notturno (Racconto lungo, Nightfall, 1941) di Isaac Asimov 
Traduzione di Hilia Brinis

Condotto "C" (Racconto lungo, The C-Chute, 1951) di Isaac Asimov 
Traduzione di Hilia Brinis

Il destino di Marte (Racconto lungo, The Martian Way, 1952) di Isaac Asimov 
Traduzione di Hilia Brinis

Profondità (Racconto, The Deep, 1952) di Isaac Asimov 
Traduzione di Hilia Brinis

Chissà come si d
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John Carter
It’s Asimov and is therefore good. But it has aged sadly. Some stories are unsurprisingly timeless, such as “Nightfall”, but others suffer. In “Anniversary”—twenty years after the routine passenger flight to the asteroid belt featured in “Marooned off Vesta”—it’s worth remarking that one character has internet access: a typewriter for input and a feed for paper output. (One of the other characters is truly awed; he has never even seen an access terminal.) In “Mirror image”, set in a future so re ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Qualcuno potrebbe storcere il naso, pieno di scetticismo, di fronte ad un'antologia eufemisticamente intitolata Il Meglio di Asimov. Eppure, si tratta di un'opera preziosa, il migliore punto di partenza per avventurarsi nel mondo fantascientifico di Asimov. L'edizione è ben curata, aperta da una prefazione scritta dallo stesso autore nel quale illustra i singoli racconti e le motivazioni che lo hanno portato a sceglierli. E' stato Asimov in persona a scegliere questi racconti, e ha scelto davver ...more
Maggie
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of Asimov's must-read short stories, for weathered fans or for those who are just being introduced to his work. Some border on 30 and 40 pages long so be sure to set aside some time to get through each one, and be ready to take time off after each story so you can let it soak in for the full existential crisis effect.
Libby
May 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scifi newbies and little boys
The introduction to this 1974 collection of short stories perfectly encapsulates the writing contained in this book and they way in which they are told, being neatly and precisely written, intelligent, imaginative, fundamentally decent, self-assured, and self-aware. Asimov humorously suggest that the book should really be called "The Pretty Good and Pretty Representative Stories of Isaac Asimov," and relays a wealth of information on why each story was chosen for the collection and what he likes ...more
Aries
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-queue

Isaac Asimov presenta in questa raccolta dodici delle più belle storie scritte negli ultimi trentacinque anni e da lui stesso scelte. L'ingegnosità dell'intreccio e l'incisività dello stile sono la caratteristica costante di questi affascinanti, spesso sconvolgenti, racconti. « Naufragio », il primo racconto di fantascienza che Asimov ha pubblicato, è un chiaro esempio della versatilità della sua fantasia. E' la storia di tre uomini, chiusi in una navicella spaziale, in orbita a soli cinquecento

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Suhas Rao
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book lives up to its title. If you must read asimov and do not have time to read it all , i would definitely suggest this.

One line review follows for the ones i enjoyed the most. That is no reason to leave the ones I haven't said anything about. All are really good stories

"Marooned Off Vesta" (1939)
"Nightfall" (1941)
A glimpse into how differently evolved creatures might handle unexplained phenomenon in their unique world.
"C-Chute" (1951)

"The Martian Way" (1952)
The reason why the secon
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Charles
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are some of the best stories ever, I have read some of them at least ten times. In my opinion, the second, “Nightfall”, is the second best story that Asimov ever wrote. The remaining eleven are all in my list of the top-twenty Asimov stories of all time. “The Dead Past”, a tale about the problems that the ability to view the past would cause is one of the top five Asimov stories of all time. All entries deal with the human condition, with very little in the way of exceptional science. Man ...more
Joshua
This collection of short stories is worth reading for two stories in particular: Nightfall and The Last Question.

Nightfall is based on a simple premise: what if civilization experienced night for the first time? Asimov's answer to the question is chilling and left me wanting more. Fortunately he expanded on the idea with a full length novel that I will have to read at some point in the near future.

The Last Question is considered by many one of Asimov's best short stories. I had read this before
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Jennifer
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Collection of short stories that Asimov picked and introduced. Served as a great introduction to Asimov's writing.

1) Marooned off Vesta 5/5. Can think of many sci-fi eps that benefited from this story of being adrift in space. Amazing to think he wrote it in the late 1930s before the Space Race.
2) Nightfall 4/5
3) C-Chute 4/5
4) The Martian Way 5/5. Very engaging. His take on McCarthy-ism unfortunately still holds up considering the current state of American politics and media. Would make an excel
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Cormac Healy
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable collection of stories from one of the masters of sci-fi. Some were more enjoyable than others, some were very thought-provoking whereas others felt a bit simple, but all of them felt original, which, I guess, is one of the key aspects to science fiction.

There is a foreword from the author, explaining the stories behind the stories, and telling us his personal favorites. Perhaps this influenced me, because I found myself agreeing about which ones I enjoyed most (Nightfall,
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“Some readers may realize that this story, first published in 1956, has been overtaken by events. In 1965, astronomers discovered that Mercury does not keep one side always to the Sun, but has a period of rotation of about fifty-four days, so that all parts of it are exposed to the sunlight at one time or another.

Well, what can I do except say that I wish astronomers would get things right to begin with?

And I certainly refuse to change the story to suit their whims.”
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