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Isaac Asimov - 26/3/2008 2:31:06 PM   
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Is anyone else loving Asimov?

I've read all the foundation books all the robot short stories and a couple of the robot novels.

I think his books are excellent sci-fi reading.


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RE: Isaac Asimov - 26/3/2008 4:10:56 PM   
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Over the years I think I've pretty much read them all the novels/short story SF plus the Black Widowers stuff (the shorts were always useful at secondary school because your teacher had never read the story you were doing your work on - you could have written anything!). The columns and science stuff only as it has been collected and published.

Often some of the best stuff was his own introductions and discussions of the stories. I particularly loved the Powell and Donovan short stories, and also Nightfall.



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RE: Isaac Asimov - 26/3/2008 5:21:41 PM   
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Read most of the Robot stories and a fair few of the other collections at school. He probably should have given the Foundation a rest instead of prequelising them I think. I did like the novel expansions of his short stories like The Positronic Man though. I've always wanted to get hold of Harlan Ellison's screenplay of I, Robot at some point, it's apparently much closer to the original than the Will Smith film which was entertaining but really a travesty of Asimov's work.

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RE: Isaac Asimov - 26/3/2008 6:53:41 PM   
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Any Asimov recommendations? I feel like taking a break from Clarke.

What's the best introduction to his work?

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RE: Isaac Asimov - 28/3/2008 10:46:47 AM   
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I'd start with the short stories or the Elijah Bailey series then progress. I, Robot itself is as good a place as any to start. Introduces Susan Calvin, Powell and Donovan, the Three Laws

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RE: Isaac Asimov - 25/8/2009 10:32:52 AM   
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I started with the Foundation trilogy. Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation. While it may feel a little dry, there is a huge scope to the series. Not such a fan of the prequels or sequels, although if you get into the story enough you might like to check them out.

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RE: Isaac Asimov - 25/8/2009 10:35:33 AM   
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I'll add my recommendation for The Gods Themselves here, too.

Asimov is also fantastic for school - you get to do essays on short stories the teacher has never heard of, can't comment properly on and gets quite confused about marking if they don't try and dig it out themselves, which mine didn't.

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RE: Isaac Asimov - 25/8/2009 3:56:06 PM   
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I have been meaning to get into his stuff, especially the Foundation trilogy. But I haven't yet.

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RE: Isaac Asimov - 2/9/2009 8:33:39 PM   
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Pick up a copy of The Complete Robot - it'll last you the rest of your life. It is one of those books that every bookshelf should have on it and you will always find yourself revisiting it.
Making do with an old paperback for years I picked up a mint 1982 hardback at a car boot sale for 20p last weekend - bargain and quality!
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