“First appearing in the May 1952 issue of Space Science Fiction and reprinted in the 1955 collection The Martian Way and Other Stories. Youth is one of the rare Asimov stories with alien characters.”
Prior to stumbling upon this story on my Serial Reader app, I had never heard of it. Lastly, through this app, I have been dabbling in Science Fiction and Dystopia, so I figured I would give this one a chance. It was a very quick read, only four installments, and it is a very enticing read. I kept wanting to read ahead instead of sticking to the schedule.
This story had a setting that was very difficult to pinpoint. As it was published in 1952, I assumed (wrongly) that when it said ‘before the wars’ that it meant before the world wars that happened in the 10s and 40s. The end of this story proved me wrong. I really should stop assuming.
Up until the last paragraph, this book seemed like a run-of-the-mill sci-fi short, but that final paragraph revealed so much more.
I liked Asimov’s version of aliens, it goes back in a sense to the little green martian ideas, but in its own way with telepathy.
Overall this was an interesting short story. I would recommend it to sci-fi fans. It would really take less than an hour to read in its entirety.
About the Author
Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (lacking only an entry in the 100s category of Philosophy).” –Goodreads