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By Isaac Asimov

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

The first part comprises tales that variety from the funny to the profound, on the middle of that's the identify tale, "Gold," a relocating and revealing drama a few author who gambles every thing on an opportunity at immortality: a big gamble 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 constructed from Asimov's techniques at the craft and writing of technology fiction.

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All I knew used to be that I felt increasingly more uncomfortable. It was once like having a stomachache within the brain, and it appeared to break all my enjoyable in being a technological know-how fiction author. So I argued it out with myself—not simply because i'm a noble individual yet simply because I hated feeling the way in which I did, and that i desired to believe higher. I stated to myself that Bob had blazed new trails, and that it didn’t topic who did it, so long as it used to be performed. these new trails were opened no longer for Robert Heinlein, yet for technological know-how fiction, and we all who have been within the enterprise of writing or studying technology fiction can be thankful and grateful for we'd in the end adventure the good thing about Bob’s pioneering. And that was once precise. simply because Bob made technological know-how fiction glance strong to those that didn't typically learn technological know-how fiction, and who despised it once they considered it in any respect, it turned extra attainable for the remainder of us to have our stuff released open air the style magazines—even within the SEP. (I had a two-part serial released in that journal myself ultimately, yet that was once whilst it was once gone its nice days. ) the results of my operating this out intended i used to be freed from disorder on later events. whilst my first booklet, Pebble within the Sky, seemed lower than the Doubleday imprint, it used to be in an issue of months by means of The Martian Chronicles via Ray Bradbury. I don’t need to let you know that Ray’s booklet some distance outshone mine. It didn’t trouble me, for it appeared to me that the higher Ray’s e-book did, the extra humans may learn technological know-how fiction in ebook shape, and a few of them will be bound to search for extra of an analogous and stumble over mine. they usually did. Pebble remains to be earning profits, thirty-six years later. And notwithstanding demanding it would be that Michael Crichton may possibly input our box instantly out of clinical institution, circulate correct as much as the radical point, and land at the best-seller checklist, and feature every person drooling over him, where’s the damage? He did it (unintentionally, might be) for us. He extra to the respectability of technological know-how fiction between those that stumbled on us unrespectable, and made it more straightforward for the remainder of us to get at the best-seller record sometimes. faraway from snarling, we must always were cheering. one other element. A band of brothers (and sisters) is at its most sensible while there's not anything a lot to compete for. so long as we have been all getting not more than one and cents a be aware (as we did in that great Golden Age of Campbell) with out likelihood at publication book, international revenues and flicks; so long as the one kudos lets get used to be first position within the “Analytical Laboratory” which intended a half-cent-a-word bonus; so long as nobody outdoor our small box had ever heard of any folks lower than any circumstances—what was once there to compete over? the main profitable people have been nearly as completely impecunious because the least so there has been no cause to snarl and chunk. Now, besides the fact that, instances have replaced. there are lots of extra folks, and a few people write best-sellers. in truth, the best best-seller of the Eighties, Stephen King, is, after a way, certainly one of us. It’s not a couple of thousand dollars that’s at stake; it’s a couple of million.

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