And what better way to celebrate Asimov’s 91st birthday than to read a copy of his 91st book, The Near East? If you happen not to have a copy—all too likely, I’m sorry to say—alternate suggestions are:
- Book 182, The Collapsing Universe
- Book 273, The Science Fiction Weight-loss Book—a good choice for those of us starting diets as part of our New Year resolutions
- Book 364, Norby Finds a Villain, or
- Book 455, The World’s Space Programs
Obviously, there are some of these I would recommend over others, but any of them would make a fine celebratory read.
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If I may *ahem* I can also recommend folks celebrate by reading my Asimov tribute story In Memory Yet Green, featured in this anthology (only $2.99). http://amzn.to/ghEIuw
Also available in the iBooks store…
I wish someone would reprint the histories for the Kindle. Surely the two Roman books and maybe the Greeks would still be pretty accurate and educational and, well, I guess I just really wish I had my own copies of the two Roman books. *sigh*
The history books have always been among my favorites, and they’ve aged much better than much of Asimov’s science books. I’d love to have them for the Kindle, if someone could talk Houghton Mifflin and/or the Asimov estate into it.
What are used copies of the Roman books going for these days, anyway? (And no, you can’t have mine.)
I’ve always seen them going for at least 50 or 60 bucks. I was lucky enough to find a copy of The Greeks at a library book sale a few years back, as well as a couple of the US histories. But still on the lookout for more…
FYI I commented to Houston Mifflin via twitter that I would love to see the histories released for Kindle. They replied that they’d “pass it along to the folks calling the shots.”
Huzzah! I’ll keep my fingers firmly crossed.