Isaac Asimov offers in
this collection twelve of the best stories he has written over the past
thirty-five years. Ingenuity of plot and style is a regular feature in
these fascinating, often provocative tales of space and time. "Marooned
Off Vesta," for instance, the first fiction Asimov ever published, is a
prime example of the versatility of his imagination. It tells of three
men in a spaceship only three hundred miles from Vesta - with no way to
His well-known "Nightfall" probes the reactions of a planet to the darkness of night which falls only once in two thousand years.
Asimov gives his solution to the dissipation of energy of the Universe in "The Last Question" - a solution so disturbing that readers will never forget this unique story. "The Dying Night" is a science fiction-mystery tale with that delightful armchair detective, Wendell Urth; three scientists; and murder.
And there is a long-awaited reunion between R. Daneel Olivaw and Lije Baley in "Mirror-Image," concerning two robots who lie about their masters.
Here is a tempting sampler for those who have not yet experienced Isaac Asimov, and the pièce de résistance for his many devoted followers.
Isaac Asimov (born Isaac Yudovich Ozimov, 1920–1992), was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited about 500 books and over 9,000 letters and postcards. His works have been published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (the sole exception being the 100s: philosophy and psychology).
Isaac Asimov is widely considered a master of the science-fiction genre and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the "Big Three" science-fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov's most ... (more)