- Hardcover: 222 pages
- Publisher: Linnaean Press (August 1, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 083760463X
- ISBN-13: 978-0837604633
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,438,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Martian Way and Other Stories Hardcover – August 1, 1982
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The stories are: "The Martian Way" (_Galaxy_, 1952), "Youth" (_Space_, 1952), "The Deep" (_Galaxy_, 1952), and "Sucker Bait" (_Astounding_, 1954). All represent Asimov at the top of his game. None of the stories are series stories, such as Foundation stories or robot stories. They represent Asimov "pushing the envelope" with somewhat more unusual plots.
"The Martian Way" survived editor H.L. Gold's persistent demands for revision. It went on to become a novella in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame-- a real classic of science fiction. The basic story is this: Machinations by a ruthless Earth politician has created a water shortage on Mars, with the intention of making the colonies dependent upon Earth. The colonist's response is the Martian way-- to send out a single ship into the rings of Saturn. At great risk, the crew brings back a mountain of ice, giving the colonies independence from Earth and signaling the end of the enemy political party. John Hilder, the politician who creates the problem, was modeled on Joe McCarthy, who was still riding high at the time the story was published.Read more ›
Despite its brevity, "The Martian Way" explores a myriad of topics including colonization of an extra-terrestrial planet, acclimation of human beings to space and space travel, the politics and economics of life on another planet and its relationship to "mother earth" and even the development of earth-side prejudices to a people that are now considered foreigners.
"Youth" tells the story of Slim and Red, two young boys, who have found two very strange animals. As any pair of young fellows might do, they hide the animals and feed and care for them to the best of their ability. They even dream about becoming wealthy by developing a circus act. The ending of the story discloses the surprise that the two animals are in fact the only survivors from a crashed alien spaceship (but ... and you'll have to trust me here on this one ... that is not a spoiler!) The REAL ending is a complete blind-side twist that only the likes of a twinkle-eyed fun-loving Asimov could imagine. I'll admit that the ending does seem somewhat artificial and forced but Asimov fans have long known that he loved his humour and always enjoyed tweaking his readers' noses.Read more ›
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It's a fun book and light read. It has some interesting plots, although since it's a collection of stories they are limited in development. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Simon Moorhead
The first story The Martian Way begs the unanswered question: what will happen to the rings of Saturn, its moons, and the planet itself as its ice rings are systematically cut... Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Kat Gale
Maybe I'm just not a fan? I got bored while reading Foundation - never finished it. But I didn't want to give up on (one of) the greatest sci-fi writers of all time. Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by Noneya Biznez
It's the first time I'm buying books online.
I was really shocked that this is how an old book look like.
It looked brand new. Read more
I love Asimov, but this has got to be his best collection of shorts and the title story is the best of the lot. What a great read. Read morePublished on May 8, 2004 by Lynn Morris