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The Early Asimov: Volume 1 (of 3) by Isaac…

The Early Asimov: Volume 1 (of 3)

by Isaac Asimov

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This is a book for the unrestricted fan. Whilst the stories are unquestionably better than I could produce, they are not up to the standard of Asimov's later work. These stories were the very earliest he wrote and are short tales for magazine publication: for me, they do not work as a book. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Dec 26, 2014 |
If you're a really big fan of Asimov, or you're an English student studying his works in depth, this book is probably for you. It has some of his earliest published works, from 1930's and 40's sci-fi magazines, along with discussion of the circumstances surrounding their production.

If on the other hand you just want some good Asimov sci-fi stories (which is what I was hoping for it has to be said) then it might be better to pass this book by. Asimov started writing young and managed to get some rather ropey stories published in his early days. He admits as much in the commentary in the book, with some having been rejected and revised several times. You can see why: stilted dialogue, hasty conclusions and poorly thought out plots abound. There are still some gems that show his promise of stories to come, but there's a lot of poor writing you have to work through, and frankly I wasn't terribly interested in how and why he wrote them. ( )
  jimll | Dec 30, 2013 |
A collection of Asimov's earliest short stories. Even if some of the ideas are interesting, the stories are forgettable, and one or two really dismal. ("Black Friar of the Flame", especially, is overblown melodramatic tripe.) The taste of pulp is often overwhelming.

Don't bother unless you're an Asimov completist. ( )
  andersocheva | Dec 28, 2010 |
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To the memory of John Wood Campbell, Jr. (1910-71) for reasons that this book will make amply obvious
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Although I have written over a hundred and twenty books, on almost every subject from astronomy to Shakespeare and from mathematics to satire, it is probably as a science fiction writer that I am best known.

"Damn Jupiter!" growled Ambrose Whitefield viciously, and I nodded agreement.

The Callistian Menace.
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The full work of The Early Asimov was published in English as a 3 volume set (Volume 1, 2, 3 [Panther, Doubleday, Granada]) and a two book set (Book One, Book Two [Fawcett/Crest, Del Rey]). The Dutch version was a three volume set broken down by years. The French and Italian versions were broken into 4 volumes, but it is unclear whether these versions contain the same stories per volume. As such, none of these should be mixed with each other nor should they be combined with the greater whole work. See http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cg...
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