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The Ugly Little Boy
The Ugly Little Boy
Author: Robert Silverberg, Isaac Asimov
ISBN-13: 9780385263436
ISBN-10: 0385263430
Publication Date: 9/10/1992
Pages: 290
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4 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
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Easy to read. Good information, which is expected from these authors.
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Wwhat a great story! But the Asimov is such a great author.
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I really enjoyed this book . It was a good read and I love the concept of a child from our ancestors survived the ice age
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A Tor "Double Novel", including Isaac Asimov's "The Ugly Little Boy" and Theodore Sturgeon's "The [Widget], the [Wadget], and Boff". Both are pure gems of science fiction created at the hands of masters. "The Ugly Little Boy" is the story of a science experiment that overlooks what it means to be human. It develops in Asimov's usual sparse, straightforward style, and then delivers a climax that punches you right in the heart. "The [Widges], the [Wadget], and Boff" is a whimsical tale of a science experiment that looks in the other direction -- it's the aliens who are studying us -- and with such elegance and subtlety that most of the subjects don't even realize it's going on.
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Disappointed with these two authors poor outings
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This novel really got me hooked from the very start of the story. Most enjoyable! This was originally a short story by Asimov that first appeared in the September 1958 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction under the title "Lastborn". It was later republished under the current title in the 1959 collection Nine Tomorrows. Robert Silverberg later expanded it into a novel with the same title, published in 1992 as this full-length novel (also published as Child of Time in the UK).

The story is about a Neanderthal child who is brought to the present day as a result of time travel experiments by a research organization, Stasis Inc. He cannot be removed from his immediate area because of the vast energy loss and time paradoxes that would result. To take care of him, Edith Fellowes, a children's nurse, is engaged. She is initially repelled by his appearance, but soon begins to regard him as her own child, learns to love him and realizes that he is far more intelligent than she at first imagined. She names him 'Timmie' and attempts to ensure that he has the best possible childhood despite his circumstance. She is enraged when the newspapers refer to him as an "ape-boy". Edith's love for Timmie brings her into conflict with her employer, for whom he is more of an experimental animal than a human being. When Stasis decides to end the project with Timmie and move on to another experiment, Miss Fellowes decides on an unexpected drastic step to help him. The book also alternates with the story of the group of Neanderthals from which Timmie was taken. This part of the novel was part of the expansion by Silverberg.

Overall, I would give this a high recommendation. Silverberg and Asimov are two of my favorite science fiction authors and this collaboration was very good. This novel version was published in 1992, the year Asimov died, so this was probably a tribute to him by Silverberg.