The Solar System and Back

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The Solar System and Back
First edition
Author Isaac Asimov
Country United States
Language English
Series Fantasy & Science Fiction essays
Subject Science Essays
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
January 19, 1970
Media type print (Hardback and Paperback)
Pages 246
ISBN 0-385-02345-6
Preceded by Science, Numbers, and I
Followed by The Stars in their Courses

The Solar System and Back (1970) is a collection of science essays by Isaac Asimov. It is the seventh in a series of books reprinting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.


  • "Nothing" (March 1959)
  • "The First Metal" (December 1967)
  • "The Seventh Metal" (January 1968)
  • "The Predicted Metal" (February 1968)
  • "The Seventh Planet" (March 1968)
  • "The Dance of the Sun" (April 1968)
  • "Backward, Turn Backward—" (May 1968)
  • "Counting Chromosomes" (June 1968)
  • "Little Lost Satellite" (July 1968)
  • "The Terrible Lizards" (August 1968)
  • "The Dying Lizards" (September 1968)
  • "Little Found Satellite" (October 1968)
  • "The Planetary Eccentric" (November 1968)
  • "View from Amalthea" (December 1968)
  • "The Dance of the Satellites" (January 1969)
  • "Uncertain, Coy, and Hard to Please" (February 1969)
  • "Just Right" (March 1969)
  • "The Incredible Shrinking People" (April 1969)

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