ⓘ Opus 300 is a collection by American writer and scientist Isaac Asimov. It was published by Houghton Mifflin in the United States in 1984, and by Robert Hale Lt ..

                                     

ⓘ Opus 300

Opus 300 is a collection by American writer and scientist Isaac Asimov. It was published by Houghton Mifflin in the United States in 1984, and by Robert Hale Ltd in the United Kingdom in 1985. Asimov chose to celebrate the publication of his three hundredth book by writing about his previous 99 books, including excerpts from short stories and novels, as well as nonfiction articles and books. Opus 300 also includes nine complete stories, several complete science essays, and one complete essay never before published, "The Forever Generation," which is not available anywhere else.

                                     

1. Contents

  • Introduction
  • Mercury
  • Volcanoes on Venus
  • Part 1. Astronomy
  • Excerpts from Visions of the Universe 1981
  • "The Moon" chapter 2 of Extraterritorial Civilizations 1979)
  • Excerpt from The Science Fictional Solar System 1979 about Pluto
  • Excerpt from Foundations Edge 1982
  • "Icarus" excerpt from Venus, Near Neighbour of the Sun 1981)
  • Part 2. Earth Sciences
  • "Below Earths Atmosphere" chapter 6 of Exploring Earth and the Cosmos 1982)
  • "The Floating Crystal Palace" complete science essay from The Road to Infinity 1979)
  • "Explosion at Thera" excerpt from How Did We Find Out About Volcanoes? 1981)
  • "To Ungild Refined Gold" complete mathematics essay from X Stands for Unknown 1984)
  • "1 to 999" complete mystery story from The Union Club Mysteries 1983)
  • Excerpt from The Measure of the Universe 1983
  • Part 3. Mathematics
  • "Let Einstein Be!" complete science essay from Counting the Eons 1983)
  • "Converting It All" complete science essay from Change! 1981)
  • Part 4. Physics
  • "Big Brother" complete science essay from X Stands for Unknown
  • "Bread and Stone" complete science essay from X Stands for Unknown
  • Part 5. Chemistry
  • Part 6. Biology
  • Excerpt from Caught in the Organ Draft 1983
  • Excerpt from How Did We Find Out About the Beginning of Life? 1982
  • Excerpt from How Did We Find Out About Our Human Roots? 1979
  • "Clone, Clone of My Own" complete science essay from The Sun Shines Bright 1981)
  • Excerpt from How Did We Find Out About Genes? 1983
  • Excerpt from Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot with Janet Asimov, 1983
  • "The Word Processor and I" complete humour essay from The Roving Mind 1983)
  • "A Perfect Fit" complete science fiction story from The Winds of Change and Other Stories 1983)
  • Part 7. Robots and Computers"
  • Excerpt from The Robots of Dawn 1983
  • Excerpt from A Choice of Catastrophes 1979 complete essay about the history of warfare
  • Part 8. History
  • Excerpt from In the Beginning 1981 about Genesis 1:1
  • Part 9. The Bible
  • "About Nothing" complete science fiction story from The Winds of Change and Other Stories
  • "How It Happened" complete story from The Winds of Change and Other Stories
  • Part 10. Short-Shorts
  • "Sure Thing" complete science fiction story from The Winds of Change and Other Stories
  • "Death of a Foy" complete science fiction story from The Winds of Change and Other Stories
  • Part 11. Humor
  • "A Fuller Explanation of Original Sin" with Janet Asimov; three verse limerick from Laughing Space 1981)
  • Five limericks from A Grossery of Limericks 1981
  • "The Smile That Loses" complete Azazel fantasy story from The Winds of Change and Other Stories
  • Part 12. Social Sciences
  • "The Blind Who Would Lead" complete essay condemning the Moral Majority, from The Roving Mind
  • "That Old-Time Violence" complete essay about violence, from The Roving Mind
  • "Alas, All Human" complete essay about dishonest scientists in history, from The Sun Shines Bright
  • Part 13. Literature
  • "On Style" introduction to the mystery story anthology Who Done It? 1980)
  • Excerpt from The Annotated Gullivers Travels 1980
  • "First Person" introduction to the science fiction anthology The Future I 1980)
  • "Library Book" complete mystery story from The Union Club Mysteries
  • "What Time Is It?" complete mystery story from Casebook of the Black Widowers 1980)
  • Part 14. Mysteries
  • "My Father" complete essay from The Roving Mind
  • Part 15. Autobiography
  • Part 16. Science Fiction
  • "The Ring of Evil" complete essay from Asimov on Science Fiction
  • "The Boom in Science Fiction" complete essay from Asimov on Science Fiction 1981)
  • "The Delight of Uncertainty" introduction to Isaac Asimov Presents Superquiz 2 1983)
  • Part 17. Miscellaneous
  • Excerpt from Isaac Asimovs Book of Facts 1979 about cities
  • Part 18. Bonus
  • "The Forever Generation" complete essay, never before published
  • Appendix: My Third Hundred Books