Gold (Asimov)

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First edition (publ. Harper Prism)

Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection is a 1995 collection of Isaac Asimov's stories and essays. The stories, which comprise its first half, are short pieces which had remained uncollected at the time of Asimov's death. As such, they have been criticized by some as inept or below par—what the writer himself termed "minor Asimov". Likewise, the non-fiction pieces in the book's second half are not generally considered among Asimov's most significant output. Nevertheless, Gold contains some notable works. "Cal" describes a robot that wishes to write, and the title story "Gold" expresses both Asimov's admiration of King Lear and his thoughts on cinema adaptations of his own stories. The story "Gold" won a Hugo Award.


Part One: The Final Stories[edit]

Part Two: On Science Fiction[edit]

  • "The Longest Voyage"
  • "Inventing the Universe"
  • "Flying Saucers and Science Fiction"
  • "Invasion"
  • "The Science Fiction Blowgun"
  • "The Robot Chronicles"
  • "Golden Age Ahead"
  • "The All-Human Galaxy"
  • "Psychohistory"
  • "Science Fiction Series"
  • "Survivors"
  • "Science Fiction Anthologies"
  • "The Influence of Science Fiction"
  • "Women and Science Fiction"
  • "Religion and Science Fiction"
  • "Time-Travel"

Part Three: On Writing Science Fiction[edit]

  • "Plotting"
  • "Metaphor"
  • "Ideas"
  • "Suspense"
  • "Serials"
  • "The Name of Our Field"
  • "Hints"
  • "Writing for Young People"
  • "Names"
  • "Originality"
  • "Book Reviews"
  • "What Writers Go Through"
  • "Revisions"
  • "Irony"
  • "Plagiarism"
  • "Symbolism"
  • "Prediction"
  • "Best-Seller"
  • "Pseudonyms"
  • "Dialog"


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