Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Nine Tomorrows by Isaac Asimov

First sentence:

"George Planten could not conceal the longing in his voice."


"These unusual short stories, written by a master of science fiction, are nine uncanny glimpses into the not too distant future of earth people.

I'm in Marsport Without Hilda is a hilarious lesson in outer-space hipster slang conducted by three gangsters suspected of smuggling a vital tranquilizer drug from earth while their frantic interrogator longs for his rendezvous with Marsport's fanciest lady. All the Troubles of the World is the chilling tale of Multivac, the amazing machine that could solve every problem fed into it but the problems of its own humanity. The Ugly Little Boy, the final and longest story in this fine collection, is a subtle, brilliantly conceived study in terror -- as a young child is suddenly catapulted out of the dim reaches of the past to become the subject of a brutal scientific experiment.

Whatever their mood -- wryly humorous or grimly realistic -- these nine stories all reflect Isaac Asimov's masterful ability to combine scientific fact with the unpredictable, 'unscientific' actions of mankind. The collection is spiced with two superb stories in verse (an Asimov specialty) entitled I Just Make Them Up, See! and Rejection Slips." -- from the inside flap

My thoughts:

I enjoyed this early collection of Asimov stories. I especially liked the stories about the supercomputer Multivac and the story "The Ugly Little Boy" about a lost boy far from home.

Date read: 4/1/2014
Book #: 11
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: SF

Publisher: Doubleday & Co
Year: 1959
# of pages:  236
Binding: Hardcover
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