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by Asimov, Isaac

Condition: Very Good/Very Good

London: Victor Gollancz Limited. Very Good/Very Good. 1976. First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo 0575020784 Dust jacket complete, unclipped. Original cloth boards with bright gilt titling on spine. No ownership inscription. 206 pages clean and tight. The 24 stories in this collection are vintage Asimov, ranging in time from 1950 to 1973. Most of them are quite short and have surprise endings; and the author provides witty or rueful reminiscences of how each came to be written. These "biographical commentaries", as Asimov himself calls them, form a sort of literary autobiography by the author and make fascinating reading. In the title story, some far-ranging aliens want to lease the planet Jupiter from the Solar System and use it as the biggest advertising billboard in the Universe. Take a Match is a suspense story about an interstellar ship which gets stuck in a dustcloud. In Key Item a computer acts up and demands a little human courtesy when it finds itself being handled too callously by its programmers. These, and the other stories in the collection, have none of them appeared in any of the author's earlier anthologies. A previous collection, The Early Asimov, brought this comment from Tom Hutchinson in The Times: `Dr Asimov is so repeatedly anthologized that it is with a real sense of joy that one approaches this new volume of 27 stories never before collected together. The paint is as fresh as ever; overriding all the incredible energy in the formulation of new worlds and new ideas. Just as interesting as the stories are the slotted-in memoirs of how they and others came to be written.' .


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