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Title: The Complete Stories #1
Series: The Complete Stories
Author: Isaac Asimov
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Format: Kindle digital scan
A large collection of short stories from Isaac Asimov.
This was a fantastic collection. Last month Gregor Xane was pushing Short Story month/week and I ended up with this collection on my phone.
While not every story was a grand slam, I certainly enjoyed every story. This really showcased Asimov’s ideas, his writing skills and the times that he lived in. In many ways, the optimism of the 50’s just glowed through the words, like gold in a furnace. It kind of made me sad.
On the other hand, some of the predictions and working out of things really made me laugh. Multi-vac, Asimov’s Supercomputer that will solve all the problems, is probably the best at showing this. Multi-Vac just gets bigger and bigger and in many ways becomes Asimov’s Science God. And in one story, that is exactly what happens.
But even while living “in the future” and seeing how Asimov totally got some things wrong, it didn’t lessen, even a tiny bit, the worthiness of this collection. Good writing and clever ideas will win through anything.