Name 5 Asimov fiction books you love

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Name 5 Asimov fiction books you love

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aug 20, 2006, 8:59 pm


dec 1, 2006, 8:39 pm

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dec 2, 2006, 12:14 pm

I like most of Asimov's stories in both categories. I like almost all of the 40 or so Asimov books in my LT library. If I had to choose, my very favourites are probably Foundation and Earth and The Naked Sun.

dec 2, 2006, 1:11 pm

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dec 4, 2006, 8:08 am

I'll toss out one I loved that doesn't seem to get a lot of mention: The gods themselves!

dec 4, 2006, 8:59 am

I think the original and more recent Foundation novels are excellent in different ways as they represent quite different eras of SF writing. The originals do not hold up so well in some ways due to the total absence of computers and much other technology - SF does tend to date very badly - but I love them nonetheless.

dec 4, 2006, 1:29 pm

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dec 6, 2006, 6:05 pm

I like Asimov's older stuff; both stories and novels. I never got very excited about the novels he wrote in the 80s and 90s. I'll second KromesTomes mention of The Gods Themselves as one of his best works.

As a scientist I love the way he was able to explain science to non-experts. I've had experience in just how difficult that is. I particularly love his essays. I will joyfully devour an old essay that is badly outdated on a topic I know by heart just to see how he explains it.

mar 11, 2007, 8:35 pm

The first book by Asimov that I read was The Caves of Steel and I loved it. I haven't read that many of his books yet, though, so maybe I will find something I like even more.

mar 1, 2009, 10:52 am

*Only* five? Madness! But I will try. :)

The Complete Robot, particularly "Liar!" and "Little Lost Robot" (which could've as easily been had from I, Robot, but that's subsumed into The Complete).

The Foundation Trilogy, of which my favorite part is 'The Mule'.

The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories. The novelization with Silverberg was good. The original novella was better.

Murder at the ABA -- just the 'footnote war' between himself, Harlan, and Darius is worth picking it up for.

For the last one, I'm going to have to cheat a little.

I don't know where my tapes of Isaac Asimov Himself Reads 5 Complete Stories went. I haven't seen them in maybe twenty years.

What I do know is this.

My dad is the one who turned me on to SF, and I was reading, nay, devouring Asimov by the time I was 12.

Mom does *not* get science fiction. Never did, never will. She makes a special dispensation for tribbles because she thinks they're cute.

She had her own business at the time, and usually work late nights there, preferring the quiet hours. I'd left my copy of Asimov Himself over there, and on a whim, she put it in.

I found her later that evening sobbing over 'The Ugly Little Boy', which she called the saddest *and* most beautiful story she ever heard. Asimov had bridged a gap my dad and I had given up on long before.

She still doesn't 'get' science fiction. But neither does she think it's quite so weird of my dad and I that we do.

jan 4, 2011, 12:36 pm

Let me revive this post.
5 books I love the far.

1- caves of steel
2- naked sun
3- el fin de la eternidad
4- a lo marciano
5- the complete robot

I can smell the simplicity from a distance and the stories are kind of basic but entertaining.

mar 15, 2011, 1:25 pm

1. The Caves of Steel
2. The Naked Sun
3. Foundation
4. Foundation and Empire
5. Foundation and Earth

Also, I highly recommend that anyone reading the Foundation stories follow this chronology...

It includes the books written by other authors mentioned above. It's great to read these in chronological order!

okt 3, 2011, 10:35 pm

Thanks for the link-- I have followed that order so far.
I have finished Second Foundation and loved the ending.
The next novel in the list will be Psychohistorical Crisis, the setting is right after the second foundation book.
I have read 20 pages so far and it seems promising.

okt 7, 2011, 12:02 pm

I have to humbly disagree with reading in the order of that chronology, it takes all the fun out of the original Foundation trilogy! I have to say I would recommend reading the original trilogy first, then move on to the other Foundation novels. Otherwise, you will know all the plot twists and surprises in Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation beforehand-and they were great surprises the first read!

Redigeret: apr 14, 2012, 4:23 am

I started re-reading Asimov recently, having read them 30 years ago. So this time I started with
1-End of Eternity
2-Pebble In The Sky
3-Prelude to Foundation

I realise that 2 was a good follow on from 1. But 3 required that I read some of the Robot books that I'd not read before continuing with the Foundation Trilogy.

So perhaps I need to heed your advice and next read
4-Caves of Steel
5-The Naked Sun

So thank you for the advice levasssp.