Asimov would have been 102 today, so there are some books one might want to read in celebration.
- 304 Election Day 2084: Science Fiction Stories on the Politics of the Future
- 305 Isaac Asimov’s Limericks for Children
- 306 Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 12, 1950
- 405 The Sport of Crime
- 406 How Did We Find Out About Microwaves?
- 407 Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 19, 1957
- 408 Asimov’s Galaxy: Reflections on Science Fiction
- 506 The Future in Space
- 507 I. Asimov: A Memoir
- 508 Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection
- 509 I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay
- 510 Yours, Isaac Asimov
The book numbers for anything published in 1992 or later are to be taken with a shaker or two of salt, of course, meaning none of the 500s are 100% certain. Still, there can be no doubt that among the fifteen books listed here, the two one might want to read are I. Asimov and Yours, Isaac Asimov; the former would be my choice. Extraterrestrial Civilizations is a solid third.
The remainder are, for the most part, either anthologies or non-fiction for pre-teens.
One (I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay) is not, strictly speaking, and I only include it in my list on a technicality, and even then only because I like it so much.
Another, The Future in Space is likely not to have any input from Asimov at all and only gets listed because I’ve been too lazy to follow through on that.
Finally, Gold deserves an honorable mention at least, but as is true with most of Asimov’s later anthologies, it includes stories both good and not-so-good; as a result, I tend not to think very highly of it.
3 thoughts on “happy birthday, Dr. A!”
Asimov manages to publish new books even after death. Well, sort of:
Could you please help me? Unfortunately, I don’t have ‘Fact and Fancy’ at my disposal, and there must be an essay called ‘Our Lonely Planet’ from F&SF November 1958 – except there is no such an essay in this issue.
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Howdy! I’m a roboticist who writes for Science Robotics on the intersection of scifi and science- and a big Asimov fan. I really appreciate your site.
Do you a few minutes to chat, either via email or by voice? First, I’d just like to meet you and say “well done!” And second, I’d like to ask you your thoughts about about the non-Three Laws stories…