Isaac Asimov
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Nightfall and Other Stories [C]
by Isaac Asimov (1969)


A collection of early Asimov short stories, showcasing the development of the author's astounding repetoire. The title comes from Asimov's breakthrough short story in 1941, but the collection is choc-full of largely forgotten 1950s gems, especially the ones from 'Galaxy' and 'Fantasy and Science Fiction' magazines. It is getting hard to find, so if you manage to snare a copy, cryovac it.





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Pebble in the Sky
by Isaac Asimov (1950)


Joseph Schwartz was a happily retired tailor in 1949 Chicago until he became a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire. Earth is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other 200 million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it's the original home of man. Asimov's first novel is Golden Age SF at its finest.





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Foundation [S1]
by Isaac Asimov (1951)


The Galactic Empire is dying. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future to the dark age to come. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.





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Foundation and Empire [S2]
by Isaac Asimov (1952)


The incredible story of a new breed of man who create a new force for galactic government. Thus, the Foundation hurtles into conflict with the decadent, decrepit First Empire. In this struggle for power amid the chaos of the stars, man stands at the threshold of a new, enlightened life which could easily be put aside for the old forces of barbarism. Intelligent golden age sci-fi.





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Second Foundation [S3]
by Isaac Asimov (1953)


So far the Foundation was safe. But there was a hidden Second Foundation to protect the first. The Mule has yet to find it, but he was getting closer all the time. The men of the Foundation sought it, too, to escape from Mule's mind control. Only Arkady, a 14 year-old girl seemed to have the answer. The last novel in the original Foundation trilogy is a genuine mind-boggler.





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The Caves of Steel
by Isaac Asimov (1954)


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. Future Earth inhabitants live underground in a vast world city. When a robotics expert is murdered, a detective and his robot partner hunt for the killer in the city's elaborate network of corridors.





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The End of Eternity
by Isaac Asimov (1955)


Eternals are temporal technicians who range through past and present keeping things on track by altering time. When an Eternal falls in love he decides that a more conventional mortal lifestyle might be a good idea. Perhaps Asimov's best stand-alone (there aren't many), although many will find the love story a bit clumsy. Fans of the master will no doubt lap it up.





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The Naked Sun
by Isaac Asimov (1956)


On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermit-like existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants. A detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic robot partner to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations. The Laws of Robotics are seriously challenged.


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