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Lo que cualquier lector entre los miles de seguidores de la obra de Asimov siempre habia anhelado; tener a su alcance la amplísima producción de cuentos que el autor llegó a elaborar. Este primer tomo de la colección completa de cuentos cortos de Isaac Asimov contiene cuarenta y seis títulos alguno de los cuales ya se han convertido en clásicos del género de la ciencia fic ...more
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Published April 2013 by Ediciones B (first published October 1990)
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Denisse
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A short story can be as interesting, deep, meaningful and transcendental as any novel if it comes from a competitive writer, sometimes, ideas don’t need length but wit and passion. This is hard to review, Asimov’s work covers a wide territory, and to be honest, as a short story fanatic, he met my expectations. Every story is good in its own way, they come from a strong opinión, explore deep into our future as the technology codependents we are or exist just to entertain, but they never fail. Asi ...more
Stephen
4.5 stars. If have not read all of the stories in this collection so this review/rating is only for the stories listed below (which means it may change over time as I read more of them):

The Dead Past: Great short story (actually a novelette) dealing with advanced technology being kept from the public and the conflict that creates with "scientific freedon." The parallels to atomic power and all the benefits and problems that arose as a result are clear. This is a great read.

The Foundation of S.F
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Sorin Craciun
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book from the intented to be a three volumes complete Asimov stories (but only the first two was published). It contain 25 stories:

1. The Dead Past: ****

2. The Foundation of SF Success: ****

3. Franchise: ****

4. Gimmicks Three: *****

5. Kid Stuff: *****

6. The Wattery Place: ****

7. Living Space: *****

8. The Message: ***

9. Satisfaction Guaranteed: ****

10. Hell-Fire: *****

11. The Last Trump: *****

12. The Fun they Had: *****

13. Jokester: *****

14. The Immortal Bard: ****

15. Someday: *
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I sometimes joke that Isaac Asimov is my intellectual father: although that's not that far from the truth. His essays, pro-reason and pro-science, had a huge influence upon me growing up. He's probably best known for his science fiction novels, but I think his best fiction by far is to be found in his short stories. This first volume collecting his short stories has several of his best. There are 46 short stories here, one from 1941, five from the 1960s, but the bulk are from the fifties. Some d ...more
Varun
Jul 23, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple yet elegant stories. Largely based on a theme. Not a lot of details are shared. Each of the stories is like an idea.
Mark Hebwood
Oh dear. After reading the 25 short stories in this collection, I think I have three comments: (1) This is a book of jokes, but many of them are lame (2) Isaac clearly is a chauvinist, and maybe even something worse (3) Some of these are quite good. Overall, I could only give this two stars, and this despite the fact that some of the robot novels and the Foundation series rank, in my view, amongst the most excellent Sci-Fi I read. So what do I have to say for myself?

This is a book of jokes

Isaac'
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Ben Mok
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science-Fiction/Mystery Fans
Shelves: science-fiction
Isaac Asimov needs no introduction, I believe, not especially to those well-versed in the Science-Fiction genre, a much-maligned area of speculative fiction that has only in recent (well, recent at least in literary terms) years been receiving the recognition it deserves. Famous for genre mainstays such as "I, Robot" and the Foundation trilogy, his stories focus primarily around classic Sci-Fi themes such as possible futuristic social scenarios and the dangers of technological proliferation. He ...more
Phillip Marsh
Some good, some bad. Some pretty terrible (especially the verse).

Favourites:

• The Dead Past
• Franchise
• The Last Trump
• The Gentle Vultures
• All the Troubles of the World
• The Last Question
Prashanthini Mande
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Prashanthini by: Vinoth
This is my first tryst with science fiction and I'm glad I started with Asimov. I expected all the stories to be brilliant, science-wise, but I did not expect Asimov to be this engaging a storyteller. Nor did I expect any kind of short story to have character development. Maybe it's because there is a recurring theme in all these stories, but it took surprisingly short amount of time to familiarize with every character in every story, enough for me to care.

Among his futuristic, sometimes dystop
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Brian Hodges
Seriously, how has it taken me this long to discover Isaac Asimov. I'd read "I, Robot" last summer and totally dug it. Then, thanks to StumbleUpon I discovered the story "The Last Question" and was thoroughly mesmerized. After that it was settled, I HAD to read as much of this man's work as possible.

How can I even begin to express my love for this collection of short stories? I know it's a cliche, but they made me feel like a little kid again, curled up in a big comfy chair with a book that made
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Manu
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Forget science fiction, if you are the kind who is affected by story telling and the imagination involved therein, this is a must-read. It's amazing that even after half a century has passed, and humanity has advanced quite a bit, Asimov's work, even in terms of human relationships, raises questions we haven't even begun exploring. He has a great sense of humour, which raises its head at the most improbable moments, thereby making it all the more fun.
The collection has quite a few stories about
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Joan
I finished! It would be hard to rate this as five stars since it is a collection of various stories the Good Doctor wrote. Some are better than others, and a very few are not particularly good. Most are, a surprising number are superb. It gives you an excellent idea why Asimov was so celebrated. His writing was good, almost always, and frequently great. I'd say of the ones I had not read before, my favorite was one that Asimov stated he felt it had been underappreciated for the most part. I agre ...more
JethOrensin
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual Asimov delivers. Some of those stories are still very smart and quite relevant, despite the fact that so many decades have past.
Sintija
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a gift. Since I’m definitely not a fan of sci-fi books or movies, I didn’t expect myself enjoying it. To my surprise, I did enjoy it!
The writing and creative thinking of Asimov is undeniably great, extraordinary even. I could enjoy the stories even despite the sci-fi stuff because the characters were described well and the scenarios interesting. There was action, intrigue, curiosity, and interest throughout majority of the stories in this collection.
Will I dig deeper int
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Brenda (aka Gramma)
48 entries after the Intro, including some non-stories like Rejection Slips.
my top 5:
Profession
Spell My Name with an S
The Ugly Little Boy
Nightfall
Unto the Fourth Generation

next 5:
Satisfaction Guaranteed
The Immortal Bard
The Last Question
C-Chute
It's Such a Beautiful Day

I could keep going, and these outweigh the few forgettables and things like I'm in Marsport Without Hilda.
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Veronika
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, sci-fi
This was very cool read. I enjoyed some of the stories better than others, but overall I enjoyed it greatly.
Alice
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I say Isaac Asimov is a genius I don't mean that he's an excellent writer who brought great innovation to the sci-fi genre. Well not only that.
To me a genius is someone who is able to conceptualize and imagine something completely new, creative and original. To me genius comes with the creation of complete novelty, not necessarily with an invention or scientific discovery, merely with an idea. That's what Asimov brings with his stories.
Besides the obvious extraterrestrial themes and futur
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Krzysztof
There's no doubt that Asimov had a unique gift of foresight and imagination, as well as superb writing skills. However, this anthology proves that storytelling was not necessarily his strength. I enjoyed his novels much more than this collection of short stories.

There are a few exceptional pieces in this book, but their shine gets dimmed by all the rest. I think I would've enjoyed more those short stories if they didn't come all together, because it makes the reader aware of the same patterns As
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robyn
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
It's funny reading vintage sci-fi - there's an element of fantasy and religion that you don't get in the modern stuff, like the short short about the A bomb that feature the cameo. Women tend to be motivated by romance - Dr Susan Calvin being a notable exception.

I read and reread this for years, and I haven't picked it up for well over a decade. Doing that now made me re-evaluate it a bit. Isaac Asimov will always be a name to conjure with, particularly when it comes to stories about robots, bu
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Ken Doggett
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever read Isaac Asimov's stories you can understand why he was considered such an enormous talent. This book is a collection of his short stories that were written and published in the 1940s, throughout the 1950s, and into the 1960s. Certain social situations and much of the technology is now dated. For example, his idea of the dating scene in the 1950s aligned more closely, I believe, to the 1890s, and resembled more the customs depicted in Pride and Prejudice, than, say, in the James ...more
Mr. Garcia
Must read stories include: The Last Question, Nightfall, and Profession. I believe Asimov was a true optimist, and he helped me to believe that we should have faith in our abilities, our society, and technology to make our future better. His short stories quickly establish interesting and compelling characters and unfold unpredictably.
Vijay Triplicane
This is my first full volume Sci-fi book and my first Asimov. I am awed by the amazing creativity, sheer brilliance, and beautiful subtle humor. After reading some of the stories, I would just sit back and relish how Asimov created this... Wonderful book
~eljefe
Jun 07, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fun
totally fun short stories that make you think of things you wouldn't otherwise ...more
Hannah
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Isaac Asimov - The Complète Stories volume I
ACTUAL RATING: 3.6

I’ll rate each story below.

The Dead Past: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- It began with the typical feel of a sci-fi story, which I am still new to but have learned that I thoroughly enjoy. Nearing the end I felt it was going to let me down. I thought for a moment (maybe a page or two) that the story was unraveling. But the ending was great. What fun.

The Foundations of SF Success: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- This short little poem is great because it really shines a light
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Kent
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is fascinating to me upon reading short stories and sci-fi books from different eras what the major events and preoccupations were during those times. At the time of Asimov writing these in the 50's computers were becoming a bigger thing. There are many stories dealing with his "Multivac" creation, which is a gigantic computer that grows bigger all the time and is constantly being fed new information. People were very much concerned with AI and the possible negative effects from it. Asimov al ...more
Abbey
Jul 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would consider myself to be a fairly prolific reader without exploring too much science fiction. I suppose I was always overwhelmed by all the science I thought I would have to understand or the interest in extraterrestrial or robot life which I didn't care for. This small and ignorant image I had of science fiction being about spaceships and the like was completely misguided. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Science fiction, as I learned, can be tales of humanity and how it will be in the futu ...more
Joshua
Aug 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
'The Dead Past', 'Living Space', 'Profession', 'The Last Trump', 'The Last Question' and 'Jokester' were all fantastic stories that really left you with something to think about long after you've read it.

I would give this book 4 stars but as it's more of a collection of stories rather than a one story, it doesn't seem fit to re-read the entire book again. I would definitely re-read certain stories but I would skip over others like 'The Dying Night' which I didn't really care too much for. Proba
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Renee
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These days it seems Asimov is only remembered for his Foundation and Robot novels. It seriously boggles my mind that so little of his output is available in ebook form which severely limits the accessibility to his work. I've had a soft spot for his short stories since I first read them as a teen but to reread them I had to find out of print physical books.
Volume 1 had some of my favorite of his stories. "The Last Question" presents as good a theory for the origin of the universe as any other I'
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Victoria
Asimov is incredibly frustrating to read. There are so many short stories that are brilliant and prescient, like “The Last Question” “All the Troubles of the World” “The Ugly Little Boy” “Sally” “Breeds There a Man…?” and “C-Chute”.

And then there’s incredibly offensive garbage like “What is this Thing Called Love?” wherein a woman is forced to remove her clothes and asked to copulate with a strange man in the name of “science” for a pair of alien observers. It made me sick to my stomach. That’s
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Israeliano
Asimov knew how to write a story. He had a fluent style that I like a lot. Unfortunately, the stories here are not good. This compilation has 25 short stories (although Wikipedia says it should have 46). They were mostly bad stories, but well written. "Satisfaction Guaranteed" is the best story, by far, and belongs to the well established Robot's series. "The Last Question" was very good when I first read it years ago. "Dreaming Is a Private Thing" has all the ingredients to be a novel, and as a ...more
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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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