<quote from AE35Unit> I don't think Asimov's popularity has gone down at all. He's as unpopular as ever </quote>
I agree. I feel Asimov has never been popular in the way all this (tedious) Harry Potter and Buffy and Anime/Manga Fantasy stuff is. There are obviously too few intelligent people around to make Asimov popular in the same way.
True, you can find Asimov in every bookstore, but it's always the same meager assortment: "I, Robot," the Foundation novels and (if you're lucky) the Robot novels. That's it. Most of the rest is out of print. For example, the Galactic Empire novels were out of print when I tried to get them two years ago. And even a classic as The End of Eternity is currently not in print in the US. The same applies to most of the short story collections. It's quite hard nowadays to get all of Asimov's short stories. The series "The Complete Stories" was started in 1990, but aborted after two volumes. This all shows that there is apparently not much demand nowadays for Asimov books (outside of Foundation and Robots), hence my reasoning about his popularity.
Most people I know from day to day life read fantasy cos its easier.
Quite a few of Asimov's short stories have never appeared in collections, I'd say about 10%. But, of course, the best ones have been collected.
The numbers I have are a little bit different, but it's definitely in that region. I heard that there are even two mysteries that have not been published yet.
@AE35Unit: You mean Gold and Magic, don't you?
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