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The Best Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 5th 1991 by Roc (first published 1986)
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Erin DeLaney
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad I returned to Asimov's short stories, which I think are his best work. I had read "Nightfall" elsewhere, which unfortunately is not included in this collection but in my option is one of his best. The standout in this anthology for me was "The Last Question" which deals with the beginning/end of the universe. Not all of the stories were as serious and even "Obituary" and "Spell My Name With an S" were clever and thought-provoking. A lot of stories in this collection revolve around ...more
Mar 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is a delightful book of short stories that he selected himself as his favorites and he introduces each one with a short explaination about why he included it on the book. I was taken with his creativity and the broad range of his stories. Many of the them made me chuckle and even more made me think. That is what I like best about science fiction, the ability of the author to so completely control the setting that they can get their message across as they want to. It is also clean. I ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best three in this are The Ugly Little Boy, Unto the Fourth Generation (it was 10:30 pm and it made me want to cry), and It's Such a Beautiful Day. Read The Immortal Bard and I Just Make them Up, See! for some funny times. For great mysteries, check out I'm in Marsport Without Hilda and Obituary. Read Flies for the weirdest time you've ever had.
Anthony Faber
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
A collection of Asimov's SF stories. Meh.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-world
With a variety of stories, the majority of which are really good, this book is a treat for any sci-fi fan.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I remember enjoying a number of Asimov stories when I was a boy, but hadn't actually read any of his work--long form or short--as an adult. This had been rattling around my bookshelves for years, picked up at some thrift shop or stoop sale, and I figured it was time to give it a whirl.

First, I have to say that I really enjoy his writing. What I didn't love so much was his twee sense of humor and love of hacky jokes, which featured both the intros he wrote for each piece as well as some of the
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Great collection of 28 of Asimov's favorite sci fi short stories and short short 'feghoots' or mini stories that build up to, and end, with a play on words. Besides the last question it included two of my other favorite short stories 'The Franchise' and 'The Ugly Little Boy'. I loved reading the little prologues by Asimov before each piece that added quite a bit to what went into the piece and why he chose it or what he thought about it. I'm looking forward to gathering up the rest of these ...more
Stavros Efraimidis
... glad I reread this special collection of short stories ... Asimov makes it clear from the beginning that he has a special private reason for including each story in this "Best of" collection, but some of them are (or should be) all time classic sci-fi ... among them some of my personal favourites like "The Dead Past", "Franchise", "It's Such a Beautiful Day", "The Last Question", "The Feeling Of Power" to name but a few ...
Linnea Slade
I really like his style of writing, even if he is incredibly full of himself. His stories are really intellectually challenging and he seems to show God in many interesting forms including aliens, machines, and pure energy. Each of his ideas of God have a different purpose for interfering with humans either before or after death. If you are offended by reading religious views that are not your own, I would probably steer clear, but I really did enjoy this book.
Aug 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My most favourite story in the anthology is The Foundation of Science Fiction Success, hands down!
(My second-most favourite is It's Such a Beautiful Day and then Found! Though none of them beats Nightfall IMHO.)
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A pleasure to read him again.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This is Asimov's favorite short work that wasn't very popular. Not bad, but definitely not his best, and accompanied by his inflated ego, as is usual.
Keith Bell
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All of HIS favourite short stories with introductions. Best representation of his style and skill.

John Devlin
Mar 26, 2007 rated it liked it
Nightfall is a seminal work as well as the computer that starts the universe.
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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