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Wasn't there a sci-fi encyclopedia that said this novel was 'Asimov's best'? That would be good to mention. Unfortunately I don't know the name or the edition. Anyone else know what I'm talking about?
Asimov himself said it was his best novel, in a quotation that appears late in this very Wikipedia article. I agree with that assessment, but I doubt that any encyclopedia would say so, as the Foundation trilogy remains highly popular -- misplaced enthusiasm, perhaps. Paul (talk) 21:02, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
Encyclopedia editors are unlikely to be so simplistic as to conflate 'popular' with 'best.' In fact, the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (Orbit 2nd Edition 1993) edited by John Clute & John Nicholls states in its entry for Asimov (written by Clute and Malcolm J Edwards) on page 57:
". . . The Gods Themselves . . . proved to be his finest single creation . . ." 220.127.116.11 (talk) 10:44, 26 March 2010 (UTC)
I think if we can source the Good Doctor's quote about this being his best, and add the above mention, we can include that in the article as Asimov stated this was his best novel, which was echoed in its awards, and critical commentary from John Clute and John Nicholls".Mercurywoodrose (talk) 18:04, 11 July 2010 (UTC)
I was surprised to find no mention in the article of one of Asimov's main reasons for writing this story: it is a response to criticism that he never had any sexual aspects in his writing. I had read this long ago, I believe in Asimov's preface of the book. I found a more recent mention of it here: io9.com article on "The Gods Themselves"--GoldRecluse (talk) 13:16, 26 April 2013 (UTC)