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The is a collection of the science fiction award winning author's earliest 20 short stories. They were first published in the early 1970s, and here Asimov added an introduction to each, in 1963. These science fiction stories are just as timely today as they were when first written.
Nine different, delightful, and disquieting visions of tomorrow by the famed sci-fi author
A man without memory, stranded on an icy asteroid. His only chance for survival is locked within a band of mining robots searching for a mysterious object called the Key to Perihelion.
My beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed daughter had not been at college long when word reached her that a certain young man W.15 dying to meet her, presumably, she was given to understand, to feast his eyes on her beauty. After some ladylike show of reluctance, Robyn agreed to allow the meeting. In came the young man, eyes wide. "Tell me," he said, choking a bit, "are you really the daughter of Isaac Asimov?" Now, if I had started this essay with: "The two chief methods by which a radioactive nucleus can break down involve, one..." would you have plunged in quite as rapidly as you would with a beginning like: "My beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed daughter "? Tell the truth...
Fascinating adventures set in the not-too-distant future adventures that could change from fiction to fact any day now.
Andrew Martin is more than the average robot and when he is brought home to the Martin' s home he quickly shows how he has additional skills to what the normal 'Android' had . He develops amazing skills allowing him to create the most beautifully hand made clocks, as well as other artistic features mainly all from wood. He wins freedom and legal rights and wishing his positronic brain could be replaced - he applies to the World court to be counted as a human in all respects.
When the MC Governor breaks itself down into six component robots and launches its parts into the remote past, only an experimental robot named Hunter and a hastily assembled team of human experts have a chance to retrieve them.
It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future.<P> Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory, his remarkable theory of prediction. Little does the young Outworld mathematician know that he has already sealed his fate and the fate of humanity. For Hari possesses the prophetic power that makes him the most wanted man in the Empire... the man who holds the key to the future - an apocalyptic power to be know forever after as the Foundation.
Los habitantes de un universo paralelo en el futuro, con leyes físicas ligeramente distintas a las nuestras, descubren la forma de intercambiar materia con nosotros. Materia que, una vez en el universo de destino, y merced a las diferencias físicas entre ambos, comienza a desprender energía de forma espontánea. Una vez consumida la capacidad energética del material, éste puede volver a ser intercambiado, para recomenzar el ciclo. ¿Qué podríamos hacer con un suministro de energía gratuita e inagotable?Más allá que cualquier otra historia, esta novela destaca por una impresionante descripción del cosmos, una visión que nos hace aún más insignificantes de lo que podíamos pensar. Con una gran maestría, Asimov nos va sumergiendo en un universo totalmente diferente al que conocemos. Un derroche de imaginación pocas veces realizado.
Each month the Black Widowers, an urbane club of cerebral adventurers, meets at the Milano Restaurant for dinner. And each month a single guest is invited and subjected to a genial but intense grilling on the meaning of his existence. Inevitably the guest confides some puzzling question or strange occurrence in his life--the inexplicable disappearance of a good luck charm, for instance, or how a four-leaf clover can identify a traitor--tantalizing conundrums that the great Holmes himself would have enjoyed deducing. When the Black Widowers are stumped (as inevitably happens), they turn to their faithful waiter Henry, who serves up perfectly broiled salmon and devilishly clever answers with equal aplomb. A dozen tales--including two never published before--are included in this fifth Black Widowers collection. Whether the stories revolve around dark horses, homonyms, or mysterious disappearances, all are engaging, challenging, and altogether ingenious.
Robot Dreams spans the body of Asimov's fiction from the 1940s to the mid-80s, and features classic Asimovian themes, from the scientific puzzle to the extraterrestrial thriller, all introduced in an exclusive essay written especially for this collection.
Long after his humiliating defeat at the hands of Earthman Elijah Baley, Keldon Amadiro embarked on a plan to destroy planet Earth. But even after his death, Baley's vision continued to guide his robot partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, who had the wisdom of a great man behind him and an indestructable will to win. . . .
Basándose en sus rigurosos conocimientos científicos, Asimov ofrece una visión de lo que puede ser en siglos venideros la vida humana en el cosmos. Los robots del amanacer relata cómo en el planeta Aurora los hombres y sus robots vivían en una armonía aparentemente perfecta hasta el instante en el que el robot más avanzado fue asesinado. ¿Ocultaba la muerte del androide una lucha despiadada por el control del Universo?
Esta novela supone un sesacional hito en la gran galaxia de ciencia ficción de Asimov y constituye la apasionante continuación del bestseller Los robots del amanecer. Aquí vemos cómo el futuro del Universo corre peligro. Aunque se han debilitado las fuerzas de los siniestros Spacers, el doctor Kelden Amadiro no ha olvidado -ni perdonado- su humillante derrota a manos de Elijah Baley, el adorado héroe de la población terrestre. Amadiro ansía la venganza y está más decidido que nunca a consumar la destrucción del planeta Tierra.
A millennium into the future two advances 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.Detective Elijah Baiey is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice. This time Baley's career, his life, and Earth's right to pioneer the Galaxy lie in the delicate balance. From the Paperback edition.
The story of Rome from its founding (753 B.C.) to the rule of Octavian in 29 B.C.
Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. As unsurpassed blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women dedicated to preserving humanity's light in a galaxy plunged into a nightmare of ignorance and violence thirty thousand years long.After years of struggle, the Foundation lies in ruins--destroyed by the mutant mind power of the Mule. But it is rumored that there is a Second Foundation hidden somewhere at the end of the Galaxy, established to preserve the knowledge of mankind through the long centuries of barbarism. The Mule failed to find it the first time--but now he is certain he knows where it lies.The fate of the Foundation rests on young Arcadia Darell, only fourteen years old and burdened with a terrible secret. As its scientists gird for a final showdown with the Mule, the survivors of the First Foundation begin their desperate search. They too want the Second Foundation destroyed...before it destroys them.From the Paperback edition.
Short history of England from its beginnings through the signing of Magna Carta.
To the science-fiction fan, there is something peculiarly fascinating about Soviet science fiction. What can it be like? Of all national varieties of science fiction, it can least have felt the American influence. It descended (like our own, but independently) from Jules Verne. At best, our science fiction and their science fiction are cousins.
Overnight, young Biron Farrill changed from a casual student preparing for graduation at the University of Earth into a fugitive fleeing from an unknown assassin. Someone had tried to kill him in his dormitory, and he learned that, in their far-off home on another planet, his father had been murdered. The answer to the mystery took him deep into the inky blackness of the Horsehead Nebula, where Biron and a beautiful girl faced a showdown with a devilishly ruthless antagonist.
This book of sci-fi tales is edited by acclaimed writer Isaac Asimov, and features children. One of Asimov's own appears at the end of the book.
El hombre se ha dispersado por toda la galaxia. La capital del Imperio es Trántor, nido de intrigas y corrupción. Gracias a su ciencia, fundada en el estudio matemático de los hechos históricos y el comportamiento de las masas, el psicohistoriador Hari Seldon prevé la caída del Imperio y el retorno a la barbarie durante varios milenios. A fin de reducir este período de barbarie a mil años, Seldon decide crear una Fundación en un extremo de la galaxia.La trilogia de la fundación está considerada la mejor serie de la ciencia ficción universal. Como tal, fue galardonada en 1966 con un premio Hugo, y ahora Debolsillo la presenta reunida en un único volumen: una lectura imprescindible para los amantes del género.
Este libro extraordinario resume medio siglo de pensamiento acerca de los robots y de la robótica. Desde el mismo Robbie hasta los relatos de Susan Calvin, la primera robopsicóloga, pasando por Stephen Byerley, el robot humanoide, y el equipo de detectives formado por un hombre y un robot, Lije Baley y Daneel Olivaw.
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