Review: Youth


Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Serial Reader
Publication date: 06-May-1952
Date Finished: 25-Jan-2017
Format: eBook
Pages: 50
Genres: Science Fiction, Short Stories
ISBN: 9781606644683
Source: Serial Reader
Rating:3 star
Reading Challenges: Goodreads Challenge, Back to the Classics Challenge


“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

“Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

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


8 thoughts on “Review: Youth

  1. Asimov perpetually underwhelms me…. For example, The Gods Themselves (1971), his most mature work proceeded to win the Hugo + Nebula award in 1973 against FAR superior competition. I mean, it beat out Silverberg’s Dying Inside (1972)!

      1. Dying Inside (1971) is the most serious attempt to write non-genre genre out there. Telepath slowly loses his ability and simultaneously reconstructs his relationship with his sister. Might not be THE place to start with Silverberg.

        If I knew more of your tastes I could give suggestions (my site has 350+ reviews of vintage SF — mostly 50s-70s).

      2. Can they be dark and feminist in intent à la The Handmaid’s Tale? (if you enjoy Attwood’s vision, I recommend Suzy McKee Charnas’ Walk to the End of the World (1974) — although, warning, its dark/serious and very depressing in this particular political juncture).

        As for other dystopian stuff, I have reviews of Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald (1959) Armed Camps, Kit Reed (1969), The Committed Men, M. John Harrison (1971), High-Rise, J. G. Ballard (1975), Why Call Them Back From Heaven?, Clifford D. Simak (1967), The Long Loud Silence, Wilson Tucker (1952, revised 1969) (AND MANY OTHERS) that fit the dystopian level and are worth reading…

      3. There’s SO much out there! Have fun exploring (and of course, the Hugo and Nebula award lists offer a worthy introduction to the genre for earlier decades. Especially the Nebulas as they are voted on by fellow SF authors).

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