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No paintings of technological know-how fiction within the 20th century captured the mind's eye of such a lot of readers because the epic destiny background positioned forth within the tales and novels of Isaac Asimov.

In this quantity, a decide on crew of the great Doctor's fellow writers discover his superb construction from their very own detailed perspectives―and supply own tributes to the overdue, nice Asimov a few years after his death.

Foundation's acquaintances features contributions through Ben Bova, L. Sprague de Camp, Frederik Pohl, Carl Sagan, Harry Turtledove, and others.

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Aechmea asenionii! stumbled on in northwestern Brazil years ago--I backed the day trip myself--of path. I by no means anticipated them to call it for me. yet you know the way these items occasionally happen--” Fletcher stared. The plant was once a tremendous between giants, simply meters throughout from leaf-tip to leaf-tip. Its darkish eco-friendly leaves have been banded with jagged light scrawls that gave the look of the hieroglyphs of a few misplaced race. Out of the primary cup, which used to be the dimensions of a man’s head and deep adequate to drown rabbits in, rose the strangest flower Fletcher ever was hoping to determine, a thick yellow stalk of gigantic size from which sprang anything like a cluster of black thunderbolts tipped with ominous pink globes like dangling moons. A pervasive scent of rotting flesh got here from it. “The purely specimen in North the US! ” Asenion cried. “Perhaps certainly one of six or seven on this planet. And I’ve succeeded in inducing it to bloom. There’ll be seed, Lew, and maybe there’ll be offsets as well--I’ll be capable to propagate it, and pass it with others--can you think it crossed with Aechmea chantinii. Fletcher? or maybe an interspecific hybrid? With Neoregelia carcharadon. say? No. in fact you can’t think it. What am I announcing? however it will be astonishing past trust. Take my be aware for it. “ “I don't have any doubt. ” “It’s a privilege, seeing this plant in bloom. yet there are others the following you want to see too. The puyas--the pitcairnias--there’s a clump of Dyckia marnierlapostollei within the subsequent room that you simply wouldn’t believe--” He bubbled with boyish enthusiasm. Fletcher compelled himself to wait and see. there has been no support for it: he may easily need to take the total travel. It went on for what appeared like hours, as Asenion led him frantically from one unusual plant to a different, in room after room. a few have been really particularly attractive, Fletcher needed to admit. Others appeared excessively flamboyant, or ugly, or incomprehensibly usual to his untutored eye, or downright ugly. What struck him such a lot forcefully of all used to be the intensity of Asenion’s obsession. not anything within the universe appeared to topic to him other than this horde of unique crops. He had given himself up completely to the unusual global he had created the following. yet finally even Asenion’s manic energies looked as if it would flag. The speed have been cruel, and either he and Fletcher, sopping wet with sweat and gasping within the warmth, paused for breath in a bit of the greenhouse occupied via small grey gnarly crops that appeared to haven't any roots, and have been held to the wall via slightly obvious wires. without warning Asenion stated, “All correct. You aren’t besides. inform me what you got here right here to invite me, after which get in your manner. i've got all kinds of items to do that afternoon. “ “It’s approximately plutonium-186,” Fletcher all started. “Don’t be idiotic. That’s no longer a valid isotope. It can’t most likely exist. “ “I know,” Fletcher stated. “But it does. ” speedy, nearly desperately, he defined the entire tremendous tale for the younger physicist-turned-botanist. The mysterious substitution of an odd aspect for tungsten or osmium in numerous laboratories, the checks indicating that its atomic quantity was once that of plutonium yet its atomic weight was once some distance too low, the absurd yet invaluable thought that the stuff was once a present from a few parallel universe and--finally--the undeniable fact that the hot point, reliable while it first arrived, speedily started to suffer radioactive decay in a startlingly accelerative approach.

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