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The Complete Stories, Vol. 2

(The Complete Stories #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  2,059 ratings  ·  67 reviews
The first book of the definitive three-volume collection of short stories by the prolific Isaac Asimov, whose tales have delighted countless fans for over half a century. A must for every science fiction bookshelf.


Not Final! • (1941) • short story
The Hazing (Homo Sol series #3) • (1942) • short story
Death Sentence • (1943) • short story
Blind Alley • (1945) • short
Paperback, 560 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Anchor (first published December 31st 1990)
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Will V.
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Asimov's short stories. They are excellent. I particularly enjoy his take on a future where computing power and miniaturization never joined forces; his Multivac fills kilometers of underground tunnels in a secure location. But the computer is never the point of the story; he's extremely adept at creating believable characters acting within the boundaries of a sparsely described yet immersive universe.

This book is volume I of a planned 3 part series; years ago, I was able to buy part I a
1944 Retro Hugo Award Finalist for Best Short Story
> “Death Sentence,” by Isaac Asimov (Astounding Science Fiction, November 1943) . . . Read 4/8/2019 (3 stars) This story felt and read like it should have been part of both the Foundation series and the The Caves of Steel robot series. But ISFDB doesn't really mention either nor does Wikipedia. Intriguing.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some of these stories prove that what Asimov claimed about his intelligence was, in fact, quite true.
Brisceida Aguayo
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the stories are good, others too short and with no resolution which is ok, I like a few. Very entertaining.
Subhojit Bera
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, sci-fi

While some stories didn't quite live up to the mark, some stories were absolutely top-notch. Of these, Nightfall is the best, the context of which is outstanding, imagining a solar system that has never seen the absence of light. Closely following that would be Flies , a story with a great premise and a twist ending.

Nobody Here but - gives a classic sci-fi tale, perhaps the science portion of it is a bit far fetched but the drama portion of it is spot on. A story that deser
Rachana Vaidya
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this is what i call a complete "thinker" stories book. the collections of stories kept me thinking days after reading it. the ugly little boy is about a time travel experiment which brings a Neanderthal boy to the future to study his psychology and behaviour. this story got me involved with its plot and made me think about the social ramifications connected to high technology. Then "Nightfall" a complete stunner where he talks abt how people who have never seen darkness would feel when they expe ...more
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book is made of several well made short stories. Each story has their own defining characters, and some people within the stories seem to repeat throughout the book, (view spoiler).I would recommend starting with "The Billiard Ball" (view spoiler); however, you could start at the begi ...more
Kiran Shetty
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Must read for any sci fi junkie....also it contains on of the best sci-fi short stories ever written, though I didnt find it as good as the other stories like Sally, Its a Beautiful Day.
Aseem Kumar
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asimov's stories never disappoint. Most of the stories in this collection pick common emotions like love, care, fear, prejudices, etc and then show how our future society may look like. The stories although being totally entertaining also give you a lot to think.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Favorite stories from this volume:
- The Bicentennial Man
- The Martian Way
- Pate de Foie Gras (the goose who laid the golden egg, as a sci-fi story!)
- Obituary

Memorably amusing:
- A Statue for Father (nice twist)
Steven Colucci
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This guy is GREAT!
John Bohnert
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first volume more than this volume.
Maria Thermann
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 23 short story collection, written between 1950 and 1968, represents some of the very best Asimov wrote, including "Nightfall" and "The Ugly Boy". The former story is often cited as the best science fiction story ever written. While it is certainly one of my favourites in this collection, I didn't rate it as highly as "The Ugly Boy", even more thought-provoking, the story "It's Such A Beautiful Day".

The vast volume of work Asimov left for readers to enjoy shows a range of motifs and themes
Plamen Nenchev
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: robots
Having spent the last month and a half on rereading most of Asimov's short stories and novellas, I can say that he remains a pillar and a formative presence in science fiction, and the genre would not have been the same without him.

Nevertheless, his stories have fared very differently the passage of time. Curiously, or perhaps not so, the ones where he predicted the near future read now the worst. As the great Octavia E. Butler once said, when writers are trying to forecast the future, they act
I have read so many - and there are so many - of Asimov's short stories/fiction, and they are duplicated++ across so many collections - Through A Glass, Clearly [1967], Nightfall One and Nightfall Two [1969 and 1971] (combined in this collection), Buy Jupiter [1975], and, swept up in these The Complete Stories, Volume 1 and 2 [1990, 1991], as well as several Robot collections - that when I come across a handful in the latest collection to be read which I don't recognise by the title, I am surpri ...more
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction
Awesome read. 'Nightfall' in particular was stunning in the scope of its idea. Not all the stories are completely satisfying if you know what i mean; he leaves a lot of Unanswered questions and conceptual mystery that is a bit frustrating. But the best of sci fi tends to to the same thing, without appearing as if the author left it open cause he couldn't think of something good enough. There is a strong retro feel that is to be expected with sci fi written in the fifties. characters 2000 years i ...more
Jul 04, 2012 added it
I really enjoy the short stories. It's easy to just sit down for a little bit and expand your mind. I do like how he touches upon the social and political issues that could arise out of robots. One of the last stories just blows the 3 laws out of the water in a simple horrific way which was very cool. Especially since most of his stories revolve around the immutable effectiveness of the three laws. Bicentennial man was another treat I found hidden within it's pages and it made me want to see the ...more
Sorin Craciun
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is part 2 of 3 intended to be Complete stories of Asimov:

The Ugly Little Boy ****
Nightfall *****
Green Patches ****
Hostess ****
"Breeds there a Man ...?" ****
C-Chute NYR ***1/2
"In a Good Cause -" ***1/2
What If - ***
Sally ***1/2
Flies ***1/2
"Nobody here but -" ****
It's Such a Beautiful Day ****1/2
Streakbreaker ***1/2
Insert Knob A in Hole B ****
The Up-to-date Scorcerer ***1/2
Unto the Forth Generation ***
What is This Thing Called Love ? ****
The Machine that Won the War ****
My Son, The Physics ***
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: college-books
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Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's Asimov,
It's Short stories
What more is there to say?

Well a lot.
I've read most of these but it was still a pleasant read.
My favorite is the "Singing Stone"
A nice little mystery where physics is the answer.
Did not realize that the protagonist in this story also was in three other stories, included in this volume.
A few robot stories with his longer story "Bicentennial Man" I had not realized that this book does a pretty good job of summing up transgender feelings, although I suspect it was more
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Highly recommend the short story What If - the concept of faith and things happening for a reason told in a simple,straight-forward way.
" the world of reality we can't be held responsible for the 'what ifs.'"

The short story 'What is this thing called Love' was pretty good too although I will never be the biggest fan of early sci-fi.

I love how he conveys his messages purely by leveraging character's conversation - not a single wasted description or detail.
Jan 07, 2009 added it
I like science fiction sometimes, as a reminder that plot matters too.

there are about a million stories in here, and I don't plan to read them all. But I'm gradually picking my way through here, during those times when I want to read but can't invest two hours in a novel.
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breeds there a man, C chute, Its a beautiful day are my favourites from this second volume of collection of short stories by Asimov. His short stories are almost perfect! most of them i mean. there were a few stories i had not read before, so that was interesting to read.
Dylan Blum
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Many of the stories were very outdated and old fashioned. However, for the most part Asimov still made them interesting despite the fact that they were written 60 years ago. My favorite stories were Nightfall, Green Patches, What is this thing called love, and It's such a beautiful day.
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think the varying nature of the stories, taking place in different environments and time periods and with different characters, made this easier to read than Asimov's novels. I have so much philosophy to think about now...
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A collection of mind-blowing stories that gripped and excited even a non-science fiction reader like me. Thank you, Asimov, for giving me an awesome rollercoaster introduction into the world of science fiction.
Feb 29, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this complilation. I guess I'm not a fan.
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Actually, I am nearly finished with this one. Some of the stories included in the anthology I have read before, but Asimov is really a good story-teller, so I like his Sci-fi.

Vaibhav mishra
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Specially liked the larger than life stories
The green patches and breeds there a man.
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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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