By Isaac Asimov
Gold is the ultimate and crowning fulfillment of the fifty-year occupation of technology fiction's transcendent genius, the world-famous writer who outlined the sphere of technological know-how fiction for its practitioners, its hundreds of thousands of readers, and the area at large.
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