Tuesday, March 27, 2012

An Appreciation of Asimov's Black Widowers Stories

As I was writing a brief article about Isaac Asimov's Black Widowers tales a little while back it occurred to me that it was time to seek out another volume of said stories. There are six volumes in all of these mystery/puzzle short stories and I've only read two of them thus far. As I note in the article, which appeared recently at Criminal Element, they are something of an acquired taste, but they work just fine for me.

The late Dr. Isaac Asimov was nothing if not prolific. By most estimates he turned out more than 500 books on a wide variety of topics in a working lifetime that apparently spanned about a half century. Asimov became a household name with his popular works of science fiction, including the Foundation Series and numerous others. After his science fiction, Asimov was probably best known turning out a heap of non-fiction books that looked at various science-related topics written with a lay audience in mind.

What’s probably not quite so well-known is that Asimov also wrote a number of mysteries. They comprise a small percentage of his massive total output, but number just over a dozen books in all. Many were short stories, but Asimov also wrote several respected novels that successfully melded science fiction and whodunits (The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun).


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