The final collection of Asimov's uncollected science fiction short
stories and essays -- the last fantasy stories are similarly collected in
Magic -- published after his death in 1992.
(This makes the line 'Even death, it seems, won't stop us, since Heinlein
has already published a posthumous book' in the essay "Inventing a
Universe" all the more poignant.)
- Part One: The Final Stories
- The stories' range are classic Asimov, ranging from insightful tales to
dreadful puns. Many seem to focus on the travails of being an author.
- Part Two: On Science Fiction
essays are all to do with science fiction in some regard: how it got its
name, the effect it has had on society, how to write it.
There are some short autobiographical and historical pieces, and also various
introductions from anthologies. [It would have been polite of the
publishers to have noted this fact at the beginning of each piece, to
put it in context, and to save the momentary confusion at the end when
it says 'so I hope you enjoy the following 50 new stories about
time-travelling robot alien invaders from the third moon of Neptune', or
- Part Three: On Writing Science Fiction
- Mainly editorials from his magazine.
- Cal. 1990
- Cal the robot wants to be a writer. His owner is supportive, to start with...
- Left to Right. 1987
- Frustration. 1991
- A strategist is frustrated by his failure to get a computer model of a winnable war. The programmer knows why.
- Hallucination. 1995
- Sam Chase has been sent as an apprentice to Energy Planet by the Central Computer. But he's more interested in neurophysiology.
- The Instability. 1989
- Travelling back from the future might not be so easy.
- Alexander the God. 1995
- Alexander's purpose-built computer was well on its way to helping him rule the planet.
- In the Canyon. 1995
- A letter home from Mars.
- Good-bye to Earth. 1989
- Space stations have delicate ecologies.
- Battle-Hymn. 1995
- Winning an important vote through song.
- Feghoot and the Courts. 1995
- Fault-Intolerant. 1990
- The ideal word processor for the technophobic writer?
- Kid Brother. 1990
- When you are allowed only one child, may a robot would make a good companion? [This reminded me in some ways of Asimov's earlier "Robbie".]
- The Nations in Space. 1995
- Can you harm another without harming yourself? [The ending "moral" was heavy handed, and completely unnecessary.]
- The Smile of the Chipper. 1989
- A novel employment interview [which also reminded me in some ways of Asimov's earlier "I'm in Marsport Without Hilda"].
- Gold. 1991
- A science fiction writer convinces a famous compu-dramatist to
make a version of one of his books. [The book in question is clearly
The Gods Themselves.]
- The Longest Voyage. 1983
- Inventing a Universe. 1990
- Flying Saucers and Science Fiction. 1982
- Invasion. 1995
- The Science Fiction Blowgun. 1995
- The Robot Chronicles. 1990
- Golden Age Ahead. 1979
- The All-Human Galaxy. 1983
- Psychohistory. 1988
- Science Fiction Series. 1986
- Survivors. 1987
- Nowhere!. 1983
- Outsiders, Insiders. 1986
- Science Fiction Anthologies. 1981
- The Influence of Science Fiction. 1981
- Women and Science Fiction. 1983
- Religion and Science Fiction. 1984
- Time-Travel. 1984
- Plotting. 1989
- Metaphor. 1989
- Ideas. 1990
- Suspense. 1991
- Serials. 1980
- The Name of Our Field. 1978
- Hints. 1979
- Writing for Young People. 1986
- Names. 1984
- Originality. 1986
- Book Reviews. 1981
- What Writers Go Through. 1981
- Revisions. 1982
- Irony. 1984
- Plagiarism. 1985
- Symbolism. 1985
- Prediction. 1989
- Best-Seller. 1983
- Pseudonyms. 1984
- Dialog. 1985