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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  4,799 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Nine stories: Profession; The Feeling of Power; The Dying Night; I'm in Marsport without Hilda; The Gentle Vultures; All the Troubles of the World; Spell my Name with an S; The Last Question (one of Asimov's most often requested stories); and The Ugly Little Boy (Asimov's own personal favorite).
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 12th 1975 by Del Rey (first published 1959)
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Book2Dragon I have the 1967 paperback edition. Two long "poems" open the book before the stories: I Just Make Them up, See and Rejection Slips. Otherwise, there i…moreI have the 1967 paperback edition. Two long "poems" open the book before the stories: I Just Make Them up, See and Rejection Slips. Otherwise, there is nothing other than publisher's notes.(less)

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Holly (The Grimdragon)
I devoured this little but mighty short story collection! It amazes me at how much Asimov can pack into such a small amount of space. He continues to blow me away with his thoughtful, critical, complex science fiction. I wanted more than just the nine "tomorrows!"

Favorites: The Gentle Vultures, The Ugly Little Boy & The Last Question (which I have previously read & loved!)
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Isaac Asimov may very well be the most prolific author in modern history. With over 500 books to his credit (506, to be exact...go to for the full list, if you don't believe me!), covering just about every subject in the Dewey Decimal System (except philosophy, I believe), the man was a real marvel. One of these 500 volumes, "Nine Tomorrows," is a collection of short stories that Doc Ike first had published in various magazines during the period July '56 to November '58. As the ...more
William Macgoodwin
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Read this when I was a lot younger. I liked it as I like almost all of Asimov's works. I liked the fact that he did not show the world as having this perfectly rose colored future. Maybe it was due to his Russian heritage. Maybe it was due to the cold war. Whatever the reason it reflected the times in which I lived and life sure as heck was not perfect. There were great things like computers, electronics and landings on the moon. There were terrible thing like horrible poverty, war and racism. T ...more
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Didn't put a lot of stock into this book simply because they were short stories - but I have never been more wrong. These are by far my favorite writings by Asimov. Could. NOT. Put. The. Book. Down. Asimov, god of scifi, managed to remain thought provoking in a limited amount of space and really raised a ton of valid questions about out actions today. Since he wrote this around the Cold War time, it is a little out of date with current events, but the main idea about mathematical theory still ho ...more
Scott Kinkade
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
These stories prove the greatness of Isaac Asimov. He successfully predicted supercomputers, downloading, scanners and more. And even if you don't acknowledge his foresight, you can't deny these are excellent stories. In particular, the last two tales tug at your heart strings and blow your mind (not necessarily in that order). Asimov deserves his place in history as one of science fiction's great prophets and storytellers.
Oct 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
"Two nights ago I really wanted to read a book before bed, but it was late, and I knew that I would end up reading until all hours of the morning and regret it the next day. So, I scoured the mass market Mt. TBR and found a thin book, which also happened to be a collection of short stories. Yay! Last night I finished reading this book, and as can be expected, it was an engaging read, with each short story providing a different insight into how (in some cases, minor and insignificant) actions and ...more
Manuel Alfonseca
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
ENGLISH: Nine short stories/novellas by Asimov. The best -new for me- was the first in the collection, "Profession." I had read three of the stories before. Among the new ones I liked were "The feeling of power," "Spell my name with an S" and "The ugly little boy." The worst -one of the worst I have ever read by Asimov- is "I'm in Marsport without Hilda," one of those I had read before. This time I skipped it.

ESPAÑOL: Nueve cuentos y novelas cortas de Asimov. El mejor, nuevo para mí, fue el prim
Amiranus Romanus
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Profession (1956) - 5/5
A really fun and clever story about the possible future of education, just what I needed with my work related anxiety :D :D

The Feeling of Power (1958) - 3.5/5
Hope humanity doesn't come to that :))

The Dying Night (1956) - 4/5
Clever take on a 'closed room mystery' genre

I'm in Marsport without Hilda (1957) - 3/5
Meh :D

The Gentle Vultures (1957) - 4.5/5
Fun look at humanity from alien perspective :D
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Michael Perkins
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This volume contains one of my all time favorite stories, Profession. It is not action packed, although it has drama. A very smart friend of mine put me on to this some years ago. I really enjoyed re-reading it. But I realized this time, whether Asimov intended it or not, the story itself is a kind of test. When I finished it this time, I flashed back to lending this book to an engineer friend. When he returned it to me his comment made it clear that he missed the entire point. I did not attempt ...more
This collection of short stories was first published in 1959, and contains one of Asimov's most well known sci-fi short stories, "The Feeling of Power," which I first read in a school reader, and at that time it made a powerful effect on me. This truly fits the actual hard core definition of scifi because science is at the heart of most of it. I am not longer a fan of Asimov's writings, but you can see where so many of today's scifi tales started--with authors like this. Unlike Jules Verne, Asim ...more
Georgina Siriwardena
Such an incredible collection of short stories. My favourite was The Ugly Little Boy. So heartbreaking :( What was amazing (and terrifying), was how realistic all of these scenarios were. So thought provoking. 100% recommend.
Max Ritter
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Consisting of nine short stories, Asimov writes in a way that was incredibly inventive for his time. Not all of the stories are equal in quality, but the ones that are great are truly great. A good use of time for fans of older science fiction, and not too hard to breeze through in a week or so.
A good short story collection from Isaac Asimov.

The Feeling of Power
The Gentle Vultures
The Ugly Little Boy
Isaac Cooper
Oct 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Here’s the thing: Isaac Asimov was a man of science. He also wrote fiction. The problem stems from the fact that writing books and being a biochemist are two very, very different things. Now, now, don’t start spitting at me, many men (and women) of science have written good novels, but it’s much harder to do for them. This is because scientific pursuits and artistic ones are quite different from each other. Science requires a logical mind, a mathematical mind. Science has no room for emotion, fe ...more
Wesley Morgan
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-sci-fi
Part two of "The Complete Stories, Volume 1." I was disheartened after the strange stories in the first part of that collection, but that all changed the moment I read "Profession." That might be favorite short story ever, right up there with the I, Robot stories. Such an interesting idea about education and creativity--I think I might use it in teacher workshops someday. "The Feeling of Power" is similar and just as through-provoking.

"All the Troubles of the World" is the first Multivac story
Joe Stack
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The nine stories in this collection are simply gems. Each story is enjoyable. Each story moves quickly, and each has a theme that resonants in the imagination and continues to provide food for thought today as much as it did when these stories where written in the 1950s. One aspect of these stories that I liked is that the stories do not involve war or violent conflict that we have come accustomed to in the majority of contemporary scifi & fantasy movies and stories. The crux of the stories are ...more
Elwood D Pennypacker
Only Asimov could write an eloquent description of a vastly intelligent species wise beyond man and whereupon a member of that species kidnaps a specimen of ours to impart some cosmic common sense, our man remarks aptly: "Holy toledo, it's a monkey!"

No author ever mixed so well the pulp parlance of his times with elegant dreams and nightmares of science fiction. But when he goes for the full cosmic boogie - in the form of the Arthur C. Clarke-like "The Last Question", he strikes at the ultimate
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rounds up to a 4-star, we'll say. Some weaker points that reminded me of my disappointment in "Pebble in the Sky" but lots more good sci-fi! Very enjoyable! I think the short-story length suits Asimov very well, as he seems able to call up decent characters and play them out well in brief stints. I loved the implied philosophy in many of the pieces and he surprised me by doing a couple sci-fi/mystery genre weaves that were both amusing and satisfying. I'm really hoping that "Stars, Like Dust" wi ...more
Scott Norton
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not all the stories in this volume are five-star standard - some are better than others - but it still gets a five-star rating from me for 'Profession' alone. An inspiring tale that has stuck with me for years and gets timelier as technology races along.
Not the first time I've read this but guess it has been awhile. It holds up at least as well as other Asimov collections, with a couple duds and some absolute classics like Marsport and all things Multivac.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
A collection of short stories from the 50s. Some of them have not aged that well, I would say. But overall excellent, of course.

A story about a time in the future when people get their education, according to their talent, not "bit by bit" but all at once by artificial means.
Our hero wants to become a Programmer (capital P). But he fails and lands in the home of the feeble-minded. Where he starts reading books.
Well, it is a bit too obvious, that in reality he is selected, to become one
Phil Giunta
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In what may be one of the best collections from Isaac Asimov that I've ever read, the master of SF brings us nine extraordinary tales ranging from the dramatic to comedic to heartbreaking. Nine Tomorrows gets five stars from me.

"Profession" — In the future,  your ability to read is installed into your brain by a computer during childhood and your career is determined by a brain scan taken at puberty—but what happens when the results of the scan are inconclusive and the authorities determine that
The Fizza
A collection of nine short-stories, TALES OF THE NEAR FUTURE , by Isaac Asimov the prolific writer/editor of more than 500 books and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. As one of the "Big Three" SF writers of his time he was published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification. Has with many writer this collection is made up of stories that were all originally published in science fiction magazine between 1956 and 1958.

Profession (1957) - 4 STARS: Earth of
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
I was surprised to realize although I knew a great deal about Isaac Asimov, I had never actually read a book by him. So I took this one off my shelf and was not disappointed. I ended each story with a smile on my face, and only in one did I have some trouble getting into the story. Once I realized they were talking about Earth, it made sense and proved to be equally enjoyable.
Asimov was right that computers would be a key player in the world (copyright 1959), but did not foresee how quickly tha
Mar 15, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dorks
Recommended to Chris by: my inner dork
I’m not much of a sci-fi fan, so if you’re looking for relevant insight as to how this book measures up to the many classics by Asimov and his peers, I’m not the man to ask. As a matter of fact, I’m usually not the man to ask about anything; certainly not if you’re looking for a correct or sensible response. However, let me give you my brief credentials: I once knew a guy named Erik (who happened to be a f*cking Latvian, of all things) who was a huge sci-fi fanatic, he worshipped Asimov, lived o ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very nice set of stories, which often surprised me with the twists at the end despite having read the book before perhaps a few years ago. Interestingly I don't feel like Asimov's stories have aged as much as Robert Heinlein's 'Stranger in a Strange Land', even though I think they were written a few years earlier than Heinlein's book.

Of course you still get incongruous old fashioned technology being used years in the future and such, but Asimov's stories seem to be less connected to a specific
Derrick Ashby
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Nine tomorrows” is a collection of stories by Isaac Asimov originally published between 1956 and 1958. I’ve given the stories an average rating of 4.3. In my opinion the short story forms are ideal for sf, but a lot of what gets published fails the first test - they aren’t stories. Asimov always gives you a beginning, a middle and an end. Each piece has a central point. The best thing in the collection is “The ugly little boy”, which is about a Neanderthal child who is kidnapped into the 20th c ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
My father gave this book to me a long time ago to take on the plane. I was saving it as a small book easy to take on trips. I just decided it would be a good time to finish it.

Here are several stories by Isaac Asimov written in the late 1950's. Each gives a different depiction of life in the future. They are history in themselves in that it shows us what people in the 1950's thought the future would be like. Each story has a different perspective. Asimov's writing is easy to read. He had some id
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Asimov was a prolific writer, but does that make him good? Well, in my opinion, I'm really glad he worked so hard and provided so much because the majority of it is fantastic. Nine tomorrows is a great introduction to Asimov- his short stories were just a petri dish of ideas that expanded my mind as a young man and have continued to challenge my perspectives on life. They're a clear, engaging read full of big ideas.
Xavier G.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

if you've ever held a girl in your arms at 0.4 gees, you need no explanation. If you haven't, explanations will do no good. I'm also sorry for you.


And Stasis was punctured and the room was empty.
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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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