Fri. Jun 21st, 2024

Gold

Gold

Isaac Asimov

1995

This is a collection of some of Asimov’s final writings, including short stories and articles about science fiction and writing science fiction. The short stories are a rather desultory bunch. Too many of them rely on bad puns for their effect (something Asimov had an unfortunate weakness for). The best deal with dilemmas posed by science and society. The title story, which won a Hugo, seems to reference his novel, The Gods Themselves, and speaks to his legacy. There are lots of robots and computers here, as well as the usual lot of hubristic scientists – Asimov specialties.

Story and Author

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Cal

Robots, authors, rivalry

Robot rights

***

Left To Right

Parity reversal machine experiment, anti-matter generator, bad pun

Humour

**

Frustration

War, computers, Dr Strangelove, doomsday machine

Pacifism, human limitations, hubris

**1/2

Hallucination

YA, dome city, wise computer, alien contact, colonisation, neutron star

Preserving alien life, empathy, vocation

***1/2

The Instability

Big Bang, time travel, stasis drive, red dwarf star, disaster

 

**

Alexander the God

Computers, stock market, classic history, greed

Hubris

**1/2

In the Canyon

Mars, settlement, epistolary

 

**

Goodbye To Earth

Cities in space, exodus, orbiting settlements, Nemesis novel

Sustainability

**1/2

Battle-Hymn

Puns, Mars, vote, sovereignty, star drive

Humour

**

Feghoot and the Courts

Aliens, alien law, bad pun

Humour

*

Fault-Intolerant

Computers, diary entries, computer as author, authors made redundant, automation

Vocation, leisure society

**1/2

Kid Brother

Robots, families, robot integration, tragedy

Robot rights, empathy

****

The Nations In Space

Orbital solar power stations, nation rivalry, energy disaster

Empathy, co-operation, interconnected world

**1/2

The Smile of the Chipper

Cybernisation, computer implants, sexual politics, business competition

Sexism, misogyny, deviousness

**1/2

Gold

The Gods Themselves, King Lear, immortality, creativity, enhanced cinema

Artistic expression

***1/2