Youth by Isaac Asimov

Youth

byIsaac Asimov

Kobo ebook | February 25, 2014

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Space and Time are pleased to bring you this classic presented as a wonderfully presented edition with a fully interactive table of contents. "Youth" is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. It first appeared in the May 1952 issue of Space Science Fiction and was reprinted in the 1955 collection The Martian Way and Other Stories. Youth is one of the rare Asimov stories with alien characters.

Slim is a boy whose astronomer father is visiting the country estate of an important industrialist. The industrialist's son, Red, has found two strange animals, and he enlists Slim in a plan to turn the animals into a circus act. The astronomer, meanwhile, tells the industrialist that he has been in contact with space aliens who want to open up their world to interstellar trade. Their world needs help, the astronomer says; ever since the atomic wars that destroyed their old civilization, the world has been regressing. Unless something is done, their culture may be facing total collapse.

Youth is unusual in that none of the characters are given names or physical descriptions until the very end. All the adults, including the two humans, are known by their professions, and the two young aliens are known by their nicknames. This is necessary to preserve the twist at the end, but it has the effect of giving the story certain artificiality compared to Asimov's usual style.

Title:YouthFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 25, 2014Publisher:Space and TimeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1634612787

ISBN - 13:9781634612784

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