Ten classic stories from the birth of modern science fiction writingThe Golden Age of Science Fiction, from the early 1940s through the 1950s, saw an explosion of talent in SF writing including authors such as Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke.Their writing helped science fiction gained wide public attention, and left a lasting impression upon society. The same writers formed the mould for the next three decades of science fiction, and much of their writing remains as fresh today as it was then.Collected in one giant volume, here is the very best of the golden era. The stories include: A.E. van Vogt, ‘The Weapons Shop’ Isaac Asimov, ‘The Big and the Little’ Lester del Rey, ‘Nerves’ Fredric Brown, ‘Daymare’ Theodore Sturgeon, ‘Killdozer!’ C.L. Moore, ‘No Woman Born’ A. Bertram Chandler, ‘Giant Killer’
The story of our future begins with the Foundation. Named the best series of all time by the Hugo Awards, the Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov unquestionably comprise one of the great masterworks of science fiction, unsurpassed for its unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building. Now, all seven volumes are together for the first time in this essential eBook bundle: FOUNDATION FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE SECOND FOUNDATION FOUNDATION’S EDGE FOUNDATION AND EARTH PRELUDE TO FOUNDATION FORWARD THE FOUNDATION For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the futurea dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save humanity, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empireboth scientists and scholarsand brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for future generations. He calls this sanctuary the Foundation. But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. And mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and live as slavesor take a stand for freedom and risk total destruction. Praise for Isaac Asimov and his Foundation series ‘;A true polymath, a superb rationalist, an exciting and accessible writer in both fiction and nonfiction, Isaac Asimov was simply a master of all he surveyed.’Greg Bear ‘;Asimov served wondrous meals-of-the-mind to a civilization that was starved for clear thinking about the future. To this day, his visions spice our ongoing dinner-table conversation about human destiny.’David Brin ‘;Isaac was still in his teens when I met him, a fan of mine before I was a fan of his. Writing for John W. Campbell back in the famous ‘;golden age of science fiction,’ he became one of the founders of our field. With the Robot stories and the Foundation stories, he helped to shape science fiction as we know it.’Jack Williamson ‘;I grew up on the ABC’s of science fictionAsimov, Bradbury, Clarke. There’s a reason Asimov’s name comes first, and not just because of the alphabet!’Janis Ian ‘;With his fertile imagination, his wit, and his prolific output, Isaac Asimov truly laid the foundation for all future generations of science fiction writers.’Kevin J. Anderson ‘;If anything can be said to have been the launch pad for space-age science fiction, it has to be the Foundation trilogy. It’s a classic. And it’s unforgettable.’Jack McDevitt ‘;The Foundation series is one of the masterpieces of science fiction. If you’ve never read these novels, then you’re in for a treat, and even if you’ve already read them, then you owe it to yourself to reread them, because they’re still great.’Allen Steele ‘;Quite simply, Asimov got me started.’Liz Williams
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!
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.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.To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations.The victim had been so reclusive that he appeared to his associates only through holographic projection.Yet someone had gotten close enough to bludgeon him to death while robots looked on.Now Baley and Olivaw are faced with two clear impossibilities:Either the Solarian was killed by one of his robots—unthinkable under the laws of Robotics—or he was killed by the woman who loved him so much that she never came into his presence!
Only a few know the terrifying truth—an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun.They know the truth—but who will listen?They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy—but who will believe?These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth’s survival.
The master of science fiction speculates about life on other planets…"e;Intriguing"e;—Publishers WeeklyFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
A wide-ranging exploration of our universe — from what makes the wind blow? to how was the moon formed? — in questions-and-answer format, written in vintage Asimov style. A fine introduction to modern astronomical theory. — LIBRARY JOURNALFrom the Paperback edition.
These two renowned writers have invented a world not unlike our own—a world on the edge of chaos, torn between the madness of religious fanaticism and the stubborn denial of scientists. Only a handful of people on the planet Lagash are prepared to face the truth—that their six suns are setting all at once for the first time in 2,000 years, signaling the end of civilization!From the 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.
Arguably the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived, Isaac Asimov also possessed one of the most brilliant and original minds of our time. His accessible style and far-reaching interests in subjects ranging from science to humor to history earned him the nickname the Great Explainer. I. Asimov is his personal story—vivid, open, and honest—as only Asimov himself could tell it.Here is the story of the paradoxical genius who wrote of travel to the stars yet refused to fly in airplanes; who imagined alien universes and vast galacticcivilizations while staying home to write; who compulsively authored more than 470 books yet still found the time to share his ideas with some of the greatminds of our century. Here are his wide-ranging thoughts and sharp-eyed observations on everything from religion to politics, love and divorce, friendship and Hollywood, fame and mortality. Here, too, is a riveting behind-the-scenes look at the varied personalities—Campbell, Ellison, Heinlein, Clarke, del Rey, Silverberg, and others—who along with Asimov helped shape science fiction.As unique and irrepressible as the man himself, I. Asimovis the candid memoir of an incomparable talent who entertained readers for nearly half acentury and whose work will surely endure into the future he so vividly envisioned.From the Paperback edition.