Best of Isaac Asimov
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Fawcett Crest, 1976, paperback. One of several printings. Includes a bibliography, an introduction by Asimov, and these STORIES: Marooned Off Vesta (1939); Nightfall (1941); The C-Chute (1951); The Martian Way (1952); The Deep (1952); The Fun They Had (1951); The Last Question (1956); The Dead Past (1956); The Dying Night (1956); Anniversary (1959); The Billiard Ball (1967); Mirror Image (1972).
picking up metal objects. Right?“ „There was a bunch of metal junk in the pile,“ agreed Shea. „They’d leave that in space if it were papers they were after. So that’s what we want, an instrument that might be called an optikon.“ „Even if all your theories were correct, Mark, and we’re looking for an optikon, the search is absolutely hopeless now,“ said Moore flatly. „I doubt that more than ten per cent of the debris would remain in orbit about Vesta. Vesta’s escape velocity is practically
do we mean by anti-gravity? Our conception of gravity is built around Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, which is now a century and a half old but which, within its limits, remains firm. We can picture it--“ I listened politely. I’d heard Priss on the subject before, but if I was to get anything out of him--which wasn’t certain--I’d have to let him work his way through in his own way. „We can picture it,“ he said, „by imagining the Universe to be a Oat, thin, superflexible sheet of
were a witness to that. There would be nothing you need do. Your robot would tell the truth and bear you out. If, however, you were a person who had committed the crime, you would have to depend on your robot to lie. That would be a somewhat riskier position, for although the robot would lie, if necessary, the greater inclination would be to tell the truth, so that the lie would be less firm than the truth would be. To prevent that, the crime-committing person would very likely have to order the
destroying the ship. My life means plenty to me and if any of you try anything like that, I’ll call the Kloros. I mean it.“ „Well,“ said Stuart, „there’s hero number one.“ Leblanc said, „I want to go back to Earth, but I--“ Mullen interrupted, „I don’t think our chances of destroying the ship are good enough unless--“ „Heroes number two and three. What about you, Polyorketes, You would have the chance of killing two Kloros.“ „I want to kill them with my bare hands,“ growled the farmer, his heavy
give them a chance to hit a more neutral topic. „What do I care if they come?“ retorted Dora. „Let them hear me. And I’d just as soon the Commissioner kept the moratorium on permanently. You hear me?“ „And what would we live on?“ came the male voice hotly. „You tell me that.“ „I’ll tell you. You can make a decent, honorable living right here on Mars, just like everybody else. I’m the only one in this apartment house that’s a Scavenger widow. That’s what I am--a widow. I’m worse than a widow,