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The Complete Stories, Volume 2 (The Complete Stories #2)

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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 centurya must for every science fiction bookshelf. ...more
Hardcover, 550 pages
Published December 31st 1990 by Doubleday Books
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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
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Karina Vargas
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bonus-book
Cuentos completos II : ¡4,25 estrellas!

Pese a que el primero me gustó más, en este tomo hay varios cuentos memorables, que se llevaron mis sonrisas y mis aplausos. Adoro cómo escribe Asimov, la manera de contar las cosas, la ciencia ficción en su expresión más amplia. En muchos casos, los términos que utilizaba eran tan exactos y técnicos, y las historias de pronto se volvían tan maravillosamente nerds, que me daban ganas de abrazarlo.

Confieso que no me llevaba tan bien con la idea de historias
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Subhojit Bera
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, sci-fi
Fantastic

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 deserves sp
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Rachana Vaidya
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Thomas
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carmen
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
awesome!
Jarezal
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Segundo volumen recopilatorio de cuentos breves de Asimov. Personalmente, me gustó más como conjunto el primer recopilatorio aunque en este libro hay muy buenas historias como “El hombre bicentenario”, “La bola de billar”, “La carrera de la Reina Roja”, “El dedo del mono”, “La clave” o “Versos luminosos”.

Sobre la edición de la recopilación, sigo echando en falta, al igual que en el primer volumen, dos cosas. Por un lado, echo en falta el año de publicación de cada cuento. Este detalle ayudaría a
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Sebastián
Uno siempre vuelve a Asimov una y otra vez, porque casi siempre pasa que uno termina un cuento y suelta involuntariamente un waaaaashhhh. En una recopilación obvio pasa muchas veces sea que se lea de a uno, de corrido, de grupos, al azar, en orden, etc. Diestrazo.
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.
Steven Colucci
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This guy is GREAT!
Javier
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La cantidad de conceptos e historias originales en estos cuentos es increiblemente genial. Y al ser autoconclusivos, hace que sean mucho mas digeribles que otras obras que abarcan varias novelas.
Julian Sanchez
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otro trabajo brillante de Isaac, aunque no supera su primera compilación de cuentos para mi gusto, logró mantener mi atención en cada uno de sus cuentos.
Giselle
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En definitiva la ciencia ficción es lo mio. Una combinación perfecta de mente, cuerpo y espíritu.
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
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Andrew
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
Remo
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006, ciencia-ficcion

Segunda y por el momento última entrega de los cuentos completos de Isaac Asimov [IA]. Una gozada, oiga. En este voumen están los relatos del hombre bicentenario, que inspiró la película con Robin Williams de protagonista, y muchos relatos de robots. Me encanta cuando al principio de un cuento aparecen citadas las tres leyes de la robótica, que creó IA y que se han convertido casi en una máxima universal:

Las tres leyes de la robótica1.- Un robot no puede dañar a un ser humano ni, por inacción, p
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Mike Ceballos
Apr 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Isaac Asimov es un prolífico escritor de ciencia ficción, que escribio varios cuentos, novelas y ensayos durante su vida alcanzando una cifra de alrededor de 500 libros. En este segundo tomo de su colección de cuentos, Isaac menciona que su inspiración viene de las actividades del día a día, enfocadas desde un futuro robotizado y en plena colonización espacial. Dos temas son recurrentes en estos cuentos, pero al mismo tiempo entrelazados: la robótica, y la exploración espacial. Ambos temas tiene ...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 ***
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Halik
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
Sara
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No estoy segura de la forma en que se decidió qué cuentos iban en cada volumen, pero al parecer hay algo cronológico por la evolución de algunos personajes recurrentes (como la Dra. Calvin, de quien me he convertido en ferviente admiradora). Por otra parte se presentan giros inesperados a situaciones tratadas en otros cuentos y me emociono y termino volviendome loca.
Definitivamente este hombre vio el futuro, analizó la naturaleza humana y no dejó pistas/advertencias sobre lo que viene.
Es alucina
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Allan
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
Vinny
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college-books
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Jorge Ulises Salazar
¿Qué se puede decir que no se haya dicho ya de Asimov? Un genio de la ciencia ficción que en este segundo volumen de recopilación de cuentos nos confirma su grandeza como autor del género. Este volumen incluye cuentos con una gran diversidad de temas, entretenidos, inteligentes que te dejarán pensando en ellos por varios días. Algunas de las recomendaciones que sin duda representan la imaginación desbordante y el estilo del autor incluyen: "El hombre bicentenario", " La piedra parlante" e "Intui ...more
A~
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Luis Mtz
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En este segundo tomo el enfoque pasa de las computadoras a los robots y al viaje espacial, pero no deja de lado los cuestionamientos que en los cuentos del anterior tomo se proponen. El desarrollo humano obstruido por los mismos humanos, por sus estereotipos y sus miedos, la ambigüedad de lo que llamamos "humanidad" y otros temas los aborda con una sencillez de lectura y a la vez con una complejidad de posibilidades que dejan en claro por qué Asimov es considerado un ídolo y un visionario.
Lyuba
Highly recommend the short story What If - the concept of faith and things happening for a reason told in a simple,straight-forward way.
"...in 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.
Ruth
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Dylan Blum
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.
Tom
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.
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