From the Publisher: Asimov's Guide to the Bible: The Old and New Testaments (2 Volumes in 1) clarifies such topics as the real nature of the Flood and the parting of the Red Sea, the significance of Cain and Abel, the Gospels' position on slavery, the astronomical explanation of the Star of Bethlehem (Halley's Comet), and more. From the book: This encyclopedic edition brings an important fund of knowledge to any reader of the Bible. Illuminating events of the Old and New Testaments by informing us of the actual historical, geographical and biographical aspects of the time, this is as provocative and entertaining as it is informative.
This is a large book containing sections on physics, the universe, early science, scientists, etc. This book is very large but is written in Asimov's usual, clear style.
A small demon whose name is Azazel Has magical powers that dazzle. But the people who strive To get them derive Nothing much and are beat to a frazzle.
Thirteen short (40 to 60 page) novels of fantasy full of adventure, magic, swords, sorcery, demons, monsters and so on; including -- POUL ANDERSON, The Gate of the Flying Knives--A Thieves' World tale wherein the hero ruefully decides that the rewards of chivalry are not as desirable as they may seem. SUZY McKEE CHARNAS, Unicorn Tapestry--The tale of a modern-day encounter with a vampire that explores different perceptions of the same reality. AVRAM DAVIDSON, Sleep Well of Nights--A prophetic dream leads to hidden treasure and buried secrets in the eerie jungles of South America. SIR H. RIDER HAGGARD, Black Heart and White Heart--An arrogant hunter in Zulu territory learns too late that magic serves those who believe in its power. ROBERT E. HOWARD, Red Nails--Conan the Cimmerian meets his match in a defiant, courageous female when the two are caught in a war to the death between dueling clans. JOHN JAKES, Storm in a Bottle--In a story of wizardry and betrayal, a captive attempts to break the curse of drought that is strangling the land of his overlords. FRITZ LEIBER, Ill Met in Lankhmar --The 1970 Nebula Award winner for Best Novella. Two thieves in a fantastic and awful city invite a dreadful end by stealing in others' territory. MICHAEL MOORCOCK, The Lands Beyond the World--Elric, Prince of Melibone, travels through the Crimson Gate to another world where he confronts the powerful magic of an ancestor. JANET MORRIS, A Man and His God--Another Thieves' World story about Tempus of Sanctuary who fights a terrible destiny and triumphs over his past transgressions to find himself and his own god. ANDRE NORTON, Spider Silk--A blind woman journeys to a dangerous land to obtain the secret of exquisite weaving and learns a greater secret no seeker before her has lived to tell. THOMAS BURNETT SWANN, Where Is the Bird of Fire?--A faun's heartbreaking story of the enchanted land of the gods and of the brothers Romulus and Remus before the building of Rome. JACK VANCE, Guyal of Sfere--A story of coming-of-age in a far world, in a far distant time, wherein Guyal of Sfere defies a great power in his quest for love and knowledge. ROGER ZELAZNY, Tower of Ice--In a fantastic frozen land a brave knight seeks an evil wizard, saves a princess, and forces a cataclysmic battle between good and evil.
Isaac Asimov presents twenty-five of the most important and memorable science fiction stories of the thirties, written by the raconteur-masters who established the genre in our national literature. These are Dr. Asimov's favorite stories from the period before he began writing --the genesis stories that changed his life and started him on the road to writing more than one hundred forty books. Each of these classics has an introduction by Dr. Asimov recounting experiences of his early years, picking up the autobiographical threads fascinatingly presented in The Early Asimov. As an added bonus, Before the Golden Age contains an early story by Isaac Asimov, printed here for the first time.
Clarifying key scientific discoveries, Asimov takes us back through the millenia to the birth of the universe 15 billion years ago, then the first evidence of man and civilization.
The stories are not exercises in violence, not thrillers, not psychological suspense stories. They are, in general, puzzles and rather intellectual ones.
11 short stories from the famed sci-fi author
El detective Elijah Baley tiene que ocuparse de este caso en la para él inquietante y odiosa compañía de un robot humanoide: R. Daneel Olivaw. La investigación es delicada ya que puede terminar con el equilibrio entre los descendientes de la colonización estelar, en perfecta comunión con sus robots, y los habitantes de la Tierra, que, refugiados en grandes metrópolis subterráneas a las que llaman Ciudades, sobreviven precariamente a la falta de recursos naturales y temen a los robots.«La clásica representación de la ciudad como útero, la metrópolis como madre, que ha quedado fijada en la imaginación desde entonces... Bóvedas de acero y El sol desnudo son los mejores libros que jamás escribió Asimov.»The Guardian
24 sci-fi stories by Asimov plus his biographical commentary on each of them, forming a unique autobiography from the early 50s up to the mid 70s.
A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. The relationship between Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted all Earthmen, was strained from the start. Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worst of all was that the "R" stood for robot--and his positronic partner was made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!From the Paperback edition.
Como siempre he deseado mostrarme ecuánime con mis lectores, les diré en qué consiste mi plan. Cada cuento comienza con una conversación entre tres viejos amigos en la biblioteca de un club de hombres. El cuarto es Griswold, que está dormido al comienzo del relato. Algo en el diálogo lo hace despertar y le recuerda una anécdota, que relata hasta el punto en que los otros tres hombres tendrían que ser capaces de resolver el enigma. Nunca lo consiguen y Griswold les da la respuesta. Cuando Griswold llega al desenlace del cuento, el lector encontrará un indicador tipográfico (#) del hecho y tiene absoluta libertad para adivinar el desenlace antes de proseguir. Puede haber casos en los que este desenlace le resultará obvio. En otros el lector decidirá, indignado, que ningún ser humano podría haber resuelto ese rompecabezas, dada la escasez de elementos de juicio que se le han proporcionado. Puede haber otro que le haga pensar en retrospectiva, que debería haberlo adivinado y aplaudirá mi inteligencia al haber ocultado la respuesta sin incurrir en trampas. Podrá, en fin, decidir que al diablo con el cuento y desistir de hallar la solución leyendo el final. Cualquiera que sea la elección, espero tan sólo que un buen número de los cuentos le resulte interesante y que no lamente haber gastado dinero en la compra de este libro.
Will the universe expand forever? Could the sun explode in our lifetime? Asimov explores the birth and death of the cosmos.
This prequel to the Foundation series occurs when Trantor ruled half the galaxy and every independent kingdom guarded its right to corruption.
This is a collection of early science fiction short stories by one of the true masters of the genre. Through the pages of this anthology, readers can watch Asimov's gift for writing unfold as he goes from a young beginner at writing to a full-fledged giant.
When high-energy physics meets quiet revenge, is the result murder?<P> Can three mathematicians disagree on a basic principle of science--and all be right?<P> The foremost scientific writer of our age takes us on a marvelous tour--from the wondrous nature of our home world to the very edge of the universe, from Archimedes to the distant future.<P> Here are fascinating true tales of the search for new worlds and invisible stars, of the mystery of the planet that should have been there--but wasn't. And here too is mind-widening science fiction, examining the startling, and sometimes tragic, consequences of new ideas. An experiment in time travel becomes a test of morality--and love; a college professor finds a loophole in the law of gravity, and soon wishes he hadn't; and apparently trivial inventions produce shock waves that could shatter the very foundations of human society.<P> THE EDGE OF TOMORROW combines fact and fiction to provide a wide-angle view of science as an inspiring, frustrating, astonishing--and always intensely human--enterprise.
The master of science fiction speculates about life on other planets..."Intriguing"--Publishers Weekly From the Trade Paperback edition.
Four men and a woman are reduced to a microscopic fraction of their original size, sent in a miniaturized atomic sub through a dying man's carotid artery to destroy a blood clot in his brain. If they fail, the entire world will be doomed.From the Paperback edition.
A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax -- the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire,
The fifth novel in Asimov's popular Foundation series opens with second thoughts. Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.From the Paperback edition.
Although small and seemingly helpless, the Foundation had managed to survive against the greed of its neighboring warlords. But could it stand against the mighty power of the Empire, who had created a mutant man with the strength of a dozen battlefleets. . . ? From the Paperback edition.
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