By Isaac Asimov

Gold is the ultimate and crowning fulfillment of the fifty-year profession 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 includes tales that variety from the funny to the profound, on the center of that is the name tale, "Gold," a relocating and revealing drama a couple of author who gambles every thing on an opportunity at immortality: of venture Asimov himself made -- and gained. the second one part includes the grand master's ruminations at the SF style itself. And the ultimate part is made from Asimov's ideas at the craft and writing of technological know-how fiction.

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What else do they are saying on the earth? ” Sam stated, “They say the Commander isn’t good and that the undertaking could fail with no him. ” while Gentry didn’t reply, Sam acknowledged, rapidly, “That’s what they are saying. ” Gentry acted as if he didn't listen. He positioned his hand on Sam’s shoulder and acknowledged, “Come, I’ve acquired to teach you on your hall, introduce you in your roommate, and clarify what your preliminary tasks could be. ” As they walked towards the elevator that might take them downward, he stated, “What was once your first selection in task, Chase? ” “Neurophysiology, sir. ” “Not a nasty selection. Even this present day, the human mind is still a secret. we all know extra approximately neutron stars than we do concerning the mind, as we discovered whilst this venture first all started. ” “Oh? ” “Indeed! at first, a variety of humans on the base—it was once a lot smaller and extra primitive then—reported having skilled hallucinations. They by no means prompted any undesirable results, and after some time, there have been no additional experiences. We by no means discovered the reason. ” Sam stopped, and appeared up and doing back. “Was that why the Dome was once outfitted, Dr. Gentry? ” “No, on no account. we would have liked a spot with a totally Earth-like surroundings, for varied purposes, yet we haven’t remoted ourselves. humans can cross outdoors freely. There are not any hallucinations being stated now. ” Sam acknowledged, “The details i used to be given approximately power Planet is that there's no existence on it with the exception of crops and bugs, and that they’re risk free. ” “That’s correct, yet they’re additionally inedible, so we develop our personal greens, and hold a few small animals, the following below the Dome. nonetheless, we’ve discovered not anything hallucinogenic concerning the planetary existence. ” “Anything strange in regards to the surroundings, sir? ” Gentry appeared down from his in simple terms a bit of larger top and acknowledged, “Not in any respect. humans have camped within the open in a single day infrequently and not anything has occurred. it's a friendly international. There are streams yet no fish, simply algae and water-insects. there's not anything to sting you or poison you. There are yellow berries that glance scrumptious and flavor bad yet do no different damage. The weather’s beautiful almost always sturdy. There are common mild rains and it's occasionally windy, yet there aren't any extremes of warmth and chilly. ” “And no hallucinations to any extent further, Dr. Gentry? ” “You sound disappointed,” acknowledged Gentry, smiling. Sam took an opportunity. “Does the Commander’s hassle have something to do with the hallucinations, sir? ” the nice nature vanished from Gentry’s eyes for a second, and he frowned. He stated, “What hassle do you confer with? ” Sam flushed they usually proceeded in silence. Sam chanced on few others within the hall he have been assigned to, yet Gentry defined it used to be a hectic time on the ahead station, the place the facility approach was once being inbuilt a hoop round the neutron star—the tiny item below ten miles throughout that had all of the mass of an ordinary famous person, and a magnetic box of significant energy. It used to be the magnetic box that might be tapped. power will be led away in huge, immense quantities and but it'll all be a pinprick, below a pinprick, to the star’s rotational strength, which was once the final word resource.

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