Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection

By Isaac Asimov

Gold is the ultimate and crowning fulfillment of the fifty-year profession of technology fiction's transcendent genius, the world-famous writer who outlined the sphere of technological know-how fiction for its practitioners, its thousands of readers, and the realm at large.

The first part includes tales that diversity from the funny to the profound, on the middle of that is the identify tale, "Gold," a relocating and revealing drama a couple of author who gambles every little thing on an opportunity at immortality: of venture Asimov himself made -- and gained. the second one part comprises the grand master's ruminations at the SF style itself. And the ultimate part is made out of Asimov's innovations at the craft and writing of technological know-how fiction.

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