(6/6/01 11:06:10 am)
| HELP! Isaac Asimov|
This may be a bit off topic, but maybe Fairy Tales and Science Fiction have a lot in common and devotes of one genre generally have an appreciation for the other.
Anyway, I've been asked to find a few creepy science fiction stories by Isaac Asimov that are at an appropriate reading level for 7-12 year olds.
Frankly, I'm stumped. Asimov has HUNDREDS of stories and I have no idea where to begin. Does anyone have a suggestion or two that might be relevant?
Thanks in advance for any help!
(6/9/01 8:46:23 pm)
My favorite stories of his when I was young (though maybe older than 7) were in a collection of his called "I, Robot". I'm not sure if any of them are exactly creepy... (For creepy, I read Ray Bradbury short stories).
Asimov's creepiest stories that I recall were his Black Widow short stories - but they were really more mysteries than sci fi.
(6/11/01 9:21:06 am)
| Asimov vs. Bradbury|
I'd have to concur with Tara that Asimov really isn't noted for writing "creepy" stories. Really wasn't his stock in trade. Bradbury on the other hand has lots of them. "Boys, Raise Giant Mushrooms" (or whatever the exact title of that story is) comes to mind, as do a number of his stories from "The Martian Chronicles". He does creepy with a flair, and most of his work is appropriate for kids, but more likely 10-12 and not 7-year-olds. But that will prove true with Asimov as well.
(6/11/01 11:52:21 am)
Thanks to you both for your suggestions about Asimov and Bradbury (who was also on the list of authors). I've since found a couple Asimov stories that are the right reading level, but you're right--they're interesting, not creepy.
Actually, the creepiest thing I've read by Asimov was a non-fiction
book called A Choice of Catastrophes--about all the possible manners
in which the world could end. Cheery, huh?