In celebration of what would have been the Good Doctor’s ninety-fifth birthday, I’d like to recommend the following:
- #95 Photosynthesis
- #190 The Key Word and Other Mysteries
- #285 Wizards
- #380 Encounters
- #475 What is an Eclipse?
There is really no contest here. Despite my fondness for Larry and his almost Encyclopedia Brown-like powers of deduction, The Key Word is pretty slight, and What is an Eclipse? even more so. Of the two anthologies, I’d go for Encounters over Wizards; but I’m loathe to recommend an anthology at all. Photosynthesis, on the other hand, is a solid and not particularly outdated science popularization written at Asimov’s peak as a science writer; and for those of us plagued with cold and snow, it’s a good reminder of what will be in just a few months’ time.
The award, then, clearly goes to Photosynthesis.