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Book Title: Microcosmic Tales: 100 Wondrous Science Fiction Short-Short Stories|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.50 MB
v The author of the book: Isaac Asimov
Date of issue: June 2nd 1992
ISBN 13: 9780886775322
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Read full description of the books Microcosmic Tales: 100 Wondrous Science Fiction Short-Short Stories:I have a fondness for these short short sf/f stories of old. It's mostly nostalgia, though. Because while many of the stories in here are okay, interesting, fun, funny, there are still plenty of others that make you roll your eyes.
The ideas are cliche, or telegraphed right from the start. Or the ending is a stupid joke. Or is a 'twist' that isn't a twist. Surprise, it's a girl! And then.. that baby turned out to be Hitler!
Part of that is because this is an old anthology, and the ideas were fresh at the time. Part of that is because, I think, Asimov loved the stupid jokes.
I really noticed a sharp contrast between the stories in here and the stories in Flash Fiction, a literary anthology. And I'm afraid it's a comparison that puts the literary one on top. Shocking, right?! But those stories have a better language flow to them and seem more character-oriented, perhaps. Are more interesting. Frequently made me go 'huh?' or 'what was the point?' but rarely or never made me roll my eyes at the end.
Before I conclude, I want to rant at these older anthologies, particularly Asimov ones. DON'T COMMENT ON THE STORIES BEFORE I'VE READ THE STORIES! Asimov (I assume) thinks he's being funny when he throws in a one-liner like 'don't judge a book by its cover' or something, which completely spoils the story. These stories are short enough as it is, can't you let me go into it without any preconceived notions about it?
I skip story intros unless I KNOW it's only talking about the author or something unspoily. But it's really hard to skip them when it's a few words or a sentence and it's right above the title.
Surprisingly, I don't think I'd read this anthology before. Even though I had read several short short story anthologies in my schooldays.
Read information about the authorIsaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.
Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (lacking only an entry in the 100s category of Philosophy).
Asimov is widely considered a master of the science-fiction genre and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, was considered one of the "Big Three" science-fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov's most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series, both of which he later tied into the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series to create a unified "future history" for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. He penned numerous short stories, among them "Nightfall", which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time, a title many still honor. He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.
Most of Asimov's popularized science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage. He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms. Examples include his Guide to Science, the three volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery.
Asimov was a long-time member and Vice President of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly; he described some members of that organization as "brain-proud and aggressive about their IQs" He took more joy in being president of the American Humanist Association. The asteroid 5020 Asimov, the magazine Asimov's Science Fiction, a Brooklyn, NY elementary school, and two different Isaac Asimov Awards are named in his honor.
Isaac Asimov. (2007, November 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:50, November 29, 2007, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_As...
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