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The following stories were originally published in Astounding Science Fiction: Reason by Isaac Asimov. . short, flexible stalk -- and obediently faced the tree . Isaac Asimov', but who would then download it? some magazine, or fan organization, conducts a vote on short stories, it frequently ends up on the top of the list--not. I have been writing short stories for fifty-one years and I haven't yet quit. clear their book shelves to make room for Isaac Asimav: The Complete Stories.
Following the brief orbit of the first man-made satellite Sputnik I by the USSR in , his production of nonfiction, particularly popular science books, greatly increased, with a consequent drop in his science fiction output. Over the next quarter century, he wrote only four science fiction novels.
Starting in , the second half of his science fiction career began with the publication of Foundation's Edge. From then until his death, Asimov published several more sequels and prequels to his existing novels, tying them together in a way he had not originally anticipated, making a unified series. There are, however, many inconsistencies in this unification, especially in his earlier stories.
Asimov coined the term "robotics" without suspecting that it might be an original word; at the time, he believed it was simply the natural analogue of words such as mechanics and hydraulics , but for robots.
Unlike his word "psychohistory", the word "robotics" continues in mainstream technical use with Asimov's original definition. Star Trek: The Next Generation featured androids with " positronic brains " and the first-season episode " Datalore " called the positronic brain "Asimov's dream".
The novel was issued in book form later that year as The Stars Like Dust. The first installment of Asimov's The Caves of Steel on the cover of the October issue of Galaxy Science Fiction , illustrated by Ed Emshwiller The novelette "Legal Rites", a collaboration with Frederik Pohl , the only Asimov story to appear in Weird Tales Asimov became a science fiction fan in ,  when he began reading the pulp magazines sold in his family's candy store.
His first published work was a humorous item on the birth of his brother for Boys High School's literary journal in In May he first thought of writing professionally, and began writing his first science fiction story, "Cosmic Corkscrew" now lost , that year. Inspired by the visit, he finished the story on 19 June and personally submitted it to Astounding editor John W. Campbell two days later.
Campbell met with Asimov for more than an hour and promised to read the story himself. Two days later he received a rejection letter explaining why in detail.
Campbell rejected it on 22 July but—in "the nicest possible letter you could imagine"—encouraged him to continue writing, promising that Asimov might sell his work after another year and a dozen stories of practice. Palmer , and it appeared in the March issue. In the Science Fiction Writers of America voted " Nightfall " the best science fiction short story ever written. I was suddenly taken seriously and the world of science fiction became aware that I existed.
As the years passed, in fact, it became evident that I had written a 'classic'. Another decade, four more. In a hundred years, we'll have filled a thousand Galaxies. In a thousand years, a million Galaxies. In ten thousand years, the entire known Universe. Then what?
I wonder how many sunpower units it will take to move Galaxies of individuals from one Galaxy to the next. Already, mankind consumes two sunpower units per year. After all, our own Galaxy alone pours out a thousand sunpower units a year and we only use two of those. Our energy requirements are going up in geometric progression even faster than our population. We'll run out of energy even sooner than we run out of Galaxies. A good point.
A very good point. We ought to ask the Galactic AC. It was only two inches cubed and nothing in itself, but it was connected through hyperspace with the great Galactic AC that served all mankind.
Hyperspace considered, it was an integral part of the Galactic AC. It was on a little world of its own, a spider webbing of force-beams holding the matter within which surges of sub-mesons took the place of the old clumsy molecular valves.
Yet despite it's sub-etheric workings, the Galactic AC was known to be a full thousand feet across. You can't turn smoke and ash back into a tree. The sound of the Galactic AC startled them into silence.
Its voice came thin and beautiful out of the small AC-contact on the desk. VJX said, "See!
Zee Prime's mind spanned the new Galaxy with a faint interest in the countless twists of stars that powdered it. He had never seen this one before.
Would he ever see them all? So many of them, each with its load of humanity - but a load that was almost a dead weight. More and more, the real essence of men was to be found out here, in space. Minds, not bodies! The immortal bodies remained back on the planets, in suspension over the eons. Sometimes they roused for material activity but that was growing rarer. Few new individuals were coming into existence to join the incredibly mighty throng, but what matter? There was little room in the Universe for new individuals.
Zee Prime was roused out of his reverie upon coming across the wispy tendrils of another mind. Your Galaxy?
All men call their Galaxy their Galaxy and nothing more. Why not? Since all Galaxies are the same. On one particular Galaxy the race of man must have originated. That makes it different. The Universal AC would know. I am suddenly curious. So many hundreds of billions of them, all with their immortal beings, all carrying their load of intelligences with minds that drifted freely through space.
And yet one of them was unique among them all in being the originals Galaxy. One of them had, in its vague and distant past, a period when it was the only Galaxy populated by man. On which Galaxy did mankind originate? Zee Prime knew of only one man whose thoughts had penetrated within sensing distance of Universal AC, and he reported only a shining globe, two feet across, difficult to see.
In what form it is there I cannot imagine. Each Universal AC designed and constructed its successor. Each, during its existence of a million years or more accumulated the necessary data to build a better and more intricate, more capable successor in which its own store of data and individuality would be submerged. Zee Prime's mentality was guided into the dim sea of Galaxies and one in particular enlarged into stars. A thought came, infinitely distant, but infinitely clear.
Dee Sub Wun, whose mind had accompanied the other, said suddenly, "And Is one of these stars the original star of Man? His mind released its hold on the original Galaxy of Man, let it spring back and lose itself among the blurred pin points.
And while I love his novels, even better are his short stories. So in honor of Asimov Day, let me present the Good Doctor's five best short stories.
And one honorable mention. Asimov mystery fans may note that these are all sci-fi stories - and that's true. I'm a huge Black Widowers fan, but his mysteries are clever, not powerful. I just couldn't think of one that made the cut.
At any rate, without further ado, here are the stories. Honorable Mention - "A Feeling of Power" "A Feeling of Power" isn't nearly as well-written as some great stories that didn't make this list, but it's near and dear to my heart for its central conceit.
So when someone "reverse engineers" math so he can do it with a pencil and paper, it's a revelation. Ever since I was a kid, I've generally preferred to do most of my math in my head.
And I've amused students in the past by solving problems more quickly than they could type them into their calculators. I think having a solid grasp of math is essential for understanding the world, and so this story has always appealed to me. But it's awesome.