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  • Don't know anything about "Azazel". "Nine Tomorrows" is a pretty good collection of short stories and contains "The Last Question" and "The Ugly Little Boy" which are both amongst his best.

    If you want start reading Asimov my first advice would be "don't bother". Like most of the SF authors who first came to prominence in the 40s and 50s, his stuff seems very dull and uninteresting these days.

    But if you really want to do it, then I'd recommend starting with I, Robot and The Caves of Steel. The first three books of the Foundation series (Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation) are all pretty good. Everyone should read the short story "Nightfall" (warning - not the later novel of the same name). The novels The End of Eternity and The Gods Themselves are both based on good ideas.

    Oh, and anything he wrote after the mid-70s is unspeakably bad.