The Winds of Change by Isaac Asimov

I’ve read a few Isaac Asimov books so far and have very much enjoyed all I’ve come across so far (although it will be quite a slog to get through them all as, according to Wikipedia, there are currently 515 items in Asimov’s bibliography—not counting his individual short stories). If you haven’t read any then you definitely should as Asimov is a gifted writer with the ability to get his point across clearly and succinctly. This book is a collection of some of his short stories that were originally published elsewhere in a variety of magazines and newspapers. He’s probably not quite as gifted as Roald Dahl in the short story category but the stories are excellent nonetheless.

There is quite a range of topics covered in this collection as they were all written for a wide variety of different audiences – from science fiction magazines to fashion magazines. I particularly liked the story which was used as inspiration for the cover illustration in which a famous fashion designer is hired to give some flying suits a touch of elegance but goes on to redesign the whole thing in a story which is a great example of Asimov’s style.

I’ve yet to read any of his work other than science fiction but I find it hard to believe it’s not going to be anything other than superb. I think I may give one of his mystery story’s a try soon if i can manage to wean myself off the sci-fi for a while…

7.5/10

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5 responses to “The Winds of Change by Isaac Asimov

  1. I am a fan of Asimov but not nearly enough to be considered an afficionado… I WILL however be checking out some of the things you mentioned… If you like this kinda stuff, maybe check out MY blog http://www.WAXINGAPATHETIC.wordpress.com

  2. What’s your favorite in the collection? Have you read any of his novels…. I find him somewhat overrated but The Gods Themselves is a fun read.

    • I probably liked the title story ‘The Winds of Change’ but I also liked the one (as mentioned) that they based the cover illlustration on. From his other stuff i’ve read I reckon the Foundation series are pretty good…

  3. I find Asimov on the whole highly overrated — The Foundation Trilogy especially — I know, as a fan of sci-fi, I shouldn’t be saying such things — hehe

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