THE SINGING BELL—An intergalactic criminal steals treasured, musical lunar artifacts.
THE TALKING STONE—A spaceship crew is planning on some illegal uranium mining with the help of on intelligent creature mode of rock.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?—Everything. Especially when twin librarians ore involved in a murder.
This book collects together his best mystery short stories, the greater part of which have an SF theme. They often hinge on a clever piece of word-play. Asimov loved jeux de mots, and had a tendency to be a little too silly with them, but here he gets it right; ...more
"Orbituary" and "The Billiard Ball" are the stand out stories in my opinion. Anyone who says Asimov can't write should give these a go and it might change their mind.
Of the stories contained herein, only a few are of the kind that you, as the reader, try to guess "who done it" before it's revealed at the end. Doing so will require quite a deep knowledge of scientific and ast ...more
If I had to pick a favourite, it'd be 'Marooned Off Vesta' & 'Anniversary'. They are connected and were the most fun read of the collection.
It's still out there, and still an entertaining read. First, let me excerpt from ...more
The Singing Bell - 2/5. Meh. Decent setup, banal ending.
The Talking Stone - 3/5. Hmm, not bad I guess. Very marginal 3.
What's in a Name? - 3/5. Well executed but the twist was too simplistic.
The Dying Night - 3/5. Again, a bit too obvious.
Pâté de Foie Gras - 4/5. Ah, finally. Fabulous twist, even if there was a bit too much jargon thrown in.
The Dust of ...more
While there is indeed a mystery element to all of these stories, I would say ...more
He was always writing mysteries, it forms the bulk of his work, whatever some idiot reviewers on here will pretend, both straight and sci-fi, most of his robot stories were mysteries after all. These are a collection of his sci fi mystery shorts, none robot related.
All accessible, enough science to satisfy the hardcore, but always explaine ...more
A Goodreads friend reviewed this, and it immediately piqued my interest because it is sci-fi and it is mystery and the two together are really hard to do. Up to this point, I had only read Larry Niven's attempts at this (best compilation of these: The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton) and was quite satisfied with his results. I figured it was time to try another sci-fi grand master and see what I got.
1. Asimov is not Niven. He did not write at the same time, and while they both ...more
The premise is a good one: science is all about mystery, so why hasn't science fiction embraced mystery as a (sub)genre? It seems like possibilities would be endless.
As mysteries, these are strange. They are much less "who done it?" as "how was it done?" The ...more
There are 13 stories in this collection that were gathered from various publications. All stories contain a foreword or afterword that offer amusing insights into the development of the stories or describe shortcoming ...more
Thirteen short science-fiction mysteries by the acclaimed science writer are presented together with commentary.
I think I first read a copy of this collection (it even had this same cover) around the age of 12 or so (so ca. 1982), after finding it on my mother's bookshelf. It is a testament to the quality of the writing and how tightly the plot hangs together (subsequent scientific advances aside) that some 30 years later I remembered the ending "reveal" of each story upon
'Asimov's Mysteries' is a collection of 13 short stories written by Isaac Asimov which are a blend of the two genres- Sci-Fi and Mystery. Almost all the stories in the collection are cleverly plotted and tease the reader, however, the doze of mystery and science vary in each. The ...more
Si bien todos los relatos son buenos o muy bueno ...more
In some ways the first short story in this collection, The Singing Bell,is the best. That's because some thought has gone into the plot to make the murderer cunning. Or maybe I just like the style? It reminds me of Nightfall and Ot ...more
(view spoiler)[My most favorite short stories are:
The Singing Bell
This short story is awesome. Even though, we know who is the murderer (Asimov introduced the murderer and the victim to us at the beginning!!!!!!), how and why he did it? The story is exciting and interesting. It's easy to follow the plot. I truly admire how Dr. Urth solved the case. And how weird and contradictory he is. He works as an extr ...more
Urth, extraterrologiste émérite, ne s'est jamais éloigné de son
domicile. Cependant, ce savant en pantoufles possède une connaissance si
parfaite des planètes étrangères et de leurs habitants que c'est à lui
que la police a le plus souvent recours pour démasquer les criminels
intergalactiques. Ainsi, pour notre plus grande joie, assistons-nous au
mariage heureux de la science-fiction et de l'intrigue policière. Du
In any case, Asimov's mysteries are fairly easy to guess. It kind of reminds me of one of the characters of one of the stories from this volume, who is really obvious with his puns. Asimov's mysteries were quite obvious. The ...more
His writing feels a little more dated now than it did when I first discovered Dr Asimov, both in terms of style and scientific accuracy, but if I am reminded of one thing from reading this volume it's that he was always able to tell a good tale that carries the reader easily from start till end - it's still not that commonplace to find an author that is so easy to ...more
Scientifically, the stories deal with everything from alternate ...more
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 ...more