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The Short Stories of Isaac Asimov

Updated on June 26, 2011

Why I Like Isaac Asimov

Where to begin... Asimov's books have always struck me as being particularly interesting or thought provoking. Although I've read but a small portion of his extraordinarily vast output, I've yet to find a story that I can't find some merit in.

I own volumes 1 and 2 of his complete stories, and this lens is primarily about some of the short stories found in those two books. These books are probably the most scuffed, well read, and bent paperbacks I own.

Another thing I find remarkable about Asimov's science fiction is that it seems to translate into different formats very well. The movies I Robot and Bicentennial Man are both very good in my opinion. I'm sure there have been some less successful movie counterparts to his books, but it's been my good fortune to miss those thus far.

My Personal Favourites

The stories that i enjoy reading the most. (With links!)

I've written a bit about each of my personal favourites below. I've tried to keep it short as the words 'attention span' are not the words that come to mind when thinking about the internet in general.

The Last Question

Asimov's personal favorite. The Last Question is a story spanning Man's existence and features the most important question that Man has ever asked (no it's not "where's my sandwich?"). As the end of the universe comes and passes the last relic of mankind finds the answer to this question.

Nightfall

Nightfall describes a planet in which six suns are seen in the sky. These six suns are spread around the world and the people of Lagash have never known darkness. Nightfall is the story of a group of astronomers, as the planet experiences the dark of night for the first time in two thousand and fifty years.

Eyes Do More Than See

This story is very short compared to much of Asimov's work. But I find it meaningful. It's about the interactions of two people in the far future, once they were flesh and blood, but no more. Together they remember what it was like to be made of matter and not energy but they find it painful beyond imagining.

Asimov's Books On Amazon

Much to my disappointment, Amazon US doesn't seem to sell many of Asimov's collections of short stories. I've linked the one i could find and the first book in a brilliant series called Foundation, which is also well worth a read!

Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories, Vol. 1
Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories, Vol. 1

This book contains a collection of Asimov's short stories.

 
Foundation
Foundation

Dislike short stories? No problem, try reading Asimov's foundation series.

 
I, Robot
I, Robot

A fine collection of short stories based around Asimov's vision of robots. Do you know the three laws of robotics?

 

The Last Question

'Cosmic AC,' said Man, 'How may entropy be reversed?'


Source: Hubblesite.org

The Cosmic AC said, 'THERE IS AS YET INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR A MEANINGFUL ANSWER.'

Care to leave a message about which of Asimov's short stories you like the best? Want to elaborate on why one of the stories in the list should be higher than the others? I'd like to know about any of the great ones that I've been missing out on!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My favorite of his work is the short story "TRUE LOVE".

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      My favorite of his work is the Black Widowers Club short stories. Armchair mysteries and deductive reasoning crime solving tales are among my very favorite. Great lens about a gifted writer.

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      irminia 4 years ago

      Eyes do more than see - definitely my favourite. I'm a great fan of Asimov, I like his ingenuity and witty style of writing. Another fav author: John Wyndham.

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      Normyo Yonormyo 5 years ago

      There are to many Asimov short stories and they are all wonderful to read.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @religions7: "the Gods Themselves" is the name of that novel.

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      TeagueChubak LM 5 years ago

      My favorite series is The Foundation Trilogy. The ideas he introduces in it are amazing.

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      TeagueChubak LM 5 years ago

      My favorite series is The Foundation Trilogy. The ideas he introduces in it are amazing.

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      religions7 6 years ago

      If haven't read the stories by Asimov often enough to remember the details and pick my favorite.

      However, there's this one story where he works in multiple universes, imagines a three-part species and a complex psychology that I think is absolutely genius. Especially the first half. It's about a universe that's dying and learns to use (feed on) other universes to continue to exist. The whole thing will only work if the people in each chain of universes learns the same thing, at the same time...

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      I seem to remember reading a book by Asimov called Nightfall a long time ago. It had been expanded to a complete novel. I really enjoyed it too.

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      Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I enjoyed this lens. I have a big collection of Sci-Fi, mainly the really old ones. If you are interested in having a look, they are on my website: Glorious Confusion - Science Fiction Books

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      nice lens,

      I personally loved the "Last question" I found "the secret sense" quite intriguing too!

      His brilliance and philosophical insight are uncanny- his writing is perspicuous, I think he's one of the greatest minds Ive come across!