Opus 100

by Isaac Asimov
Release date: 1969
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, short stories

Opus 100 is Isaac Asimov's one hundredth book. Asimov chose to celebrate the publication of his hundredth book by writing about his previous 99 books, including excerpts from short stories and novels, as well as nonfiction articles and books. Opus 100 also includes five complete science fiction stories and one complete science essay.

Contents:

Part 1: Astronomy

  • Excerpt from "The Callistan Menace"
  • Excerpt from Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter
  • Excerpt from "View from Amalthea" from The Solar System and Back
  • Excerpt from Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus
  • Excerpt from "The Martian Way"
  • Excerpt from The Universe
  • Excerpt from Galaxies

Part 2: Robots

  • Excerpt from "The Perfect Machine" from Today and Tomorrow and...
  • Excerpt from "Strange Playfellow"
  • Excerpt from "Liar!"
  • Excerpt from "Runaround"
  • Excerpt from The Intelligent Man's Guide to Science
  • "The Last Question"

Part 3: Mathematics

  • Excerpt from Realm of Numbers
  • Excerpt from Quick and Easy Math
  • "The Feeling of Power"

Part 4. Physics

  • Excerpt from Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
  • Excerpt from the introduction to Only a Trillion
  • Excerpt from The Neutrino
  • Excerpt from "Super-Neutron"

Part 5: Chemistry

  • Excerpt from "The Sound of Panting" from Only a Trillion
  • Excerpt from Biochemistry and Human Metabolism
  • Excerpt from The Chemicals of Life
  • Excerpt from The Noble Gases
  • "Thiotimoline and the Space Age"
  • Excerpt from The Kinetics of the Reaction Inactivation of Tyrosinase during its Catalysis of the Aerobic Oxidation of Catechol

Part 6: Biology

  • Excerpt from The Wellsprings of Life
  • Excerpt from Photosynthesis

Part 7: Words

  • Excerpt from Words of Science
  • Excerpt from Words on the Map
  • Excerpt from Words from History

Part 8: History

  • Excerpt from The Greeks
  • Excerpt from The Roman Republic
  • Excerpt from The Egyptians
  • Excerpt from The Near East
  • Excerpt from "There's Nothing Like a Good Foundation" from Asimov on Science Fiction
  • Excerpt from "Dead Hand"

Part 9: The Bible

  • Excerpt from Asimov's Guide to the Bible
  • "Twelve Point Three Six Nine" from Science, Numbers, and I

Part 10: Short Shorts

  • Excerpt from Please Explain
  • "On Prediction", an introduction to Future Tense edited by Richard Curtis
  • "An Uncompromising View", a review of Mechanical Men by Dean E. Wooldridge
  • "Dreamworld"

Part 11: Humor

  • "The Holmes-Ginsbook Device"
(updated 2010-09-07)

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