The Early Asimov


The Early Asimov

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genre = Science fiction
publisher = Doubleday
release_date = November 1972
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"The Early Asimov, or Eleven Years of Trying" is a 1972 collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov. Each story is accompanied by commentary by the author, who gives details about his life and his literary achievements in the period in which he wrote the story.

Contents

* "The Callistan Menace" (1940)
* "Ring Around the Sun" (1940)
* "The Magnificent Possession" (1940)
* "Trends" (1939)
* "The Weapon Too Dreadful to Use" (1939)
* "Black Friar of the Flame" (1942)
* "Half-Breed" (1940)
* "The Secret Sense" (1941)
* "Homo Sol" (1940)
* "Half-Breeds on Venus" (1940)
* "The Imaginary" (1942)
* "Heredity" (1941)
* "History" (1941)
* "Christmas on Ganymede" (1942)
* "The Little Man on the Subway" (1950)
* "The Hazing" (1942)
* "Super-Neutron" (1941)
* "Not Final" (1941)
* "Legal Rites" (1950)
* "Time Pussy" (1942)
* "Author! Author!" (1964)
* "Death Sentence" (1943)
* "Blind Alley" (1945)
* "No Connection" (1948)
* "The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thiotimoline" (1948)
* "The Red Queen's Race" (1949)
* "Mother Earth" (1949)

Lost stories

In an appendix to "The Early Asimov", the author lists the first sixty stories he wrote in the late 1930s and 1940s, and notes that eleven of them were never sold and were eventually lost.

* "Cosmic Corkscrew", Asimov's first story, was written between 29 May 1937 and 19 June 1938. The story, 9000 words long, was about a man who traveled into the future to find the Earth recently deserted. Due to the quantum nature of time, he could not travel back in time a short distance to find out what happened. Asimov submitted it on 21 June to John W. Campbell, editor of "Astounding Science Fiction", who rejected it. The story never sold and was eventually lost.

* "This Irrational Planet", Asimov's fourth story, was written in August 1938. Thirty-four years later, all Asimov could recall of the story was that the irrational planet was almost certainly Earth, and that it was 3000 words long. Asimov submitted the story to "Thrilling Wonder Stories" on August 25, and it was rejected on 24 September. It was subsequently rejected by "Astounding" and five other magazines, never sold, and was eventually lost.

* "The Weapon", Asimov's sixth story, was written in September 1938. It was rejected several times before being accepted by "Super Science Stories", appearing in the May 1942 issue under the pseudonym H. B. Ogden. Thirty years later, Asimov had quite forgotten about its publication, and he listed it among his lost stories in "The Early Asimov". He discovered its publication while writing his autobiography "In Memory Yet Green" (1979) and included it in Section 30.

* "Paths of Destiny", Asimov's seventh story, was written in October 1938. Asimov submitted it to "Astounding" on 28 October, but Campbell rejected it as "hackneyed". It never sold and was eventually lost. Thirty-four years later, Asimov could remember nothing about the story.

* "Knossos in its Glory", Asimov's eighth story, was written in November 1938. The story was an attempt to retell the Theseus myth in science fiction terms. Asimov submitted the story to "Astounding" on 22 November, and it was rejected. He then submitted it to Charles D. Hornig, editor of "Science Fiction", on 7 May 1939; Hornig rejected it two days later. It never sold and was eventually lost.

* "The Decline and Fall", Asimov's twelfth story, was written in February 1939. Asimov submitted it to "Astounding" on 21 February, and it was rejected four days later. The story "made the rounds" as Asimov put it, never sold, and was eventually lost. Thirty-three years later, Asimov could remember nothing about the story.

* "Life Before Birth", Asimov's seventeenth story, was written in the summer of 1939. Asimov submitted it to "Unknown" on 11 July, and it was rejected eight days later. It was also rejected by "Weird Tales", never sold, and was eventually lost. Thirty-three years later, Asimov could remember nothing about "Life Before Birth" except that it was a fantasy story.

* "The Brothers", Asimov's eighteenth story, was written between 11 September and early October. The story was about two brothers, one good and one evil, one of whom was constructing a scientific invention. Asimov submitted it to "Astounding" on 5 October, and it was rejected six days later. After making the rounds, the story never sold and was eventually lost.

* "The Oak", Asimov's twenty-second story, was written in the summer of 1940. The story was a fantasy about an oak tree that served as an oracle and delivered ambiguous statements. Asimov submitted it to "Unknown" on 16 July, and it was rejected. Asimov then submitted it to "Weird Tales", which also rejected it. The story never sold and was eventually lost.

* "Masks", Asimov's twenty-ninth story, was written on 3 February 1941. Asimov submitted it to "Unknown" on 10 February, and it was rejected. The story never sold and was eventually lost. Twenty-nine years later, Asimov could remember nothing about "Masks" except that it was a 1500-word fantasy.

* "Big Game", Asimov's thirty-ninth story, was written on 17 November 1941. Campbell wanted to create a category of short-short science fiction tall tales called "Probability Zero" that would serve as a market for beginning writers, and he asked Asimov to write one for him. The 1000-word "Big Game" was Asimov's first effort, and Campbell rejected it. Asimov subsequently submitted "Big Game" to "Collier's Weekly" in 1944, resulting in another rejection. After expanding the story to 3000 words and retitling it "The Hunted", Asimov submitted it to "Thrilling Wonder Stories" on 30 October 1946, resulting in yet another rejection; submission of the expanded version to "Astounding" resulted in still another rejection. After that, both versions of the story disappeared, and Asimov recorded "Big Game" as lost. However, after publication of "The Early Asimov", a fan named Matthew Bruce Tepper found a copy of the original version among Asimov's papers at Boston University, and Asimov finally published the story in the anthology "Before the Golden Age".


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