Viewing books by author : Isaac Asimov

Asimov's Mysteries

There is a tendency for many people who don't know any better to classify science fiction as just one more member of the group of specialized literatures that include mysteries, westerns, adventures, ...

Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare

Those of us who speak English as our native tongue can count a number of blessings. It is a widespread language that is understood by more people in more parts of the world than any other [Chinese has...

Of Time, Space, and Other Things

As we trace the development of man over the ages, it seems in many respects a tale of glory and victory; of the develop ment of the brain; of the discovery of fire; of the building of cities and of ci...

The Robots of Dawn

1 Elijah Baley found himself in the shade of the tree and muttered to himself, "I knew it. I'm sweating." He paused, straightened up, wiped the perspiration from his brow with the back of his hand, th...

Prelude to Foundation

When I wrote "Foundation," which appeared in the May 1942 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, I had no idea that I had begun a series of stories that would eventually grow into six volumes and a tota...

David Starr Space Ranger

Back in the 1950s, I wrote a series of six derring-do novels about David "Lucky" Starr and his battles against malefactors within the Solar System. Each of the six took place in a different region of ...

Second Foundation

The First Galactic Empire had endured for tens of thousands of years. It had included all the planets of the Galaxy in a centralized rule, sometimes tyrannical, sometimes benevolent, always orderly. H...

Tales of the Black Widowers

To Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine to David Ford and to the Trap-Door Spiders for reasons detailed in the introduction Special Note The erudite copy reader points out that since the stories that follo...

The Caves of Steel

Lije Baley had just reached his desk when he became aware of R. Sammy watching him expectantly. The dour lines of his long face hardened. "What do you want?" "The boss wants you, Lije. Right away. Soo...

Robots and Empire

PART I. AURORA 1. THE DESCENDANT 1 Gladia felt the lawn lounge to make sure it wasn't too damp and then sat down. A touch at the control adjusted it in such a way as to allow her to be semirecumbent a...

The Martian Way and Other Stories

One From the doorway of the short corridor between the only two rooms in the travel-head of the spaceship, Mario Esteban Rioz watched sourly as Ted Long adjusted the video dials painstakingly. Long tr...

The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories

Dedicated to: Judy-Lynn del Rey, And the swath she is cutting in our field Here I am with another collection of science fiction stories, and I sit here and think, with more than a little astonishment,...

Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection

I am a robot. My name is Cal. I have a registration number. It is CL-123X, but my master calls me Cal. The X in my registration number means I am a special robot for my master. He asked for me and hel...

The Early Asimov Volume 3

To the memory of John Wood Campbell, Jr. (1910-1971) for reasons that this book will make amply obvious Introduction After 'Time Pussy' there followed a two-month period during which I wrote nothing. ...

Casebook of the Black Widowers

Emmanuel Rubin did not, as a general rule, ever allow a look of relief to cross his face. Had one done so, it would have argued a prior feeling of uncertainty or apprehension, sensations he might feel...