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Title: What Is This Thing Called Love? Title Record # 40795
Author: Isaac Asimov
Date: 1961-03-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Webpages: Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Synopsis: An alien surreptitiously observing Earth becomes concerned about the evolutionary potential of sexual reproduction, but its superior officer is skeptical about such a thing existing.
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Other Titles

Variant Titles Translations
Year Title
1961 Playboy and the Slime God
Year Language Title
1964 Italian Playboy e il dio bavoso
1967 Italian I Terrestri fanno così
1970Translated by Simone Hilling
French L'amour, vous connaissez ?
1971Translator: Gisela Stege
German Was man so Liebe nennt
1971 Italian Playboy e il Dio limaccioso
1973Translated by Eva Sander.
German Was ist es, das man Liebe nennt?
1976Translated by J. A. Harloff
Dutch Liefde, Wat Is Dat?
1978 Italian Playboy e il Dio limaccioso ovvero: Cos'è questa cosa che chiamano amore?
1990 Serbian Ljubav, šta je to? [as by Isak Asimov]
1998Translated by Владимир Баканов (Vladimir Bakanov)
Russian
Что это за штука - любовь??Chto eto za shtuka - lyubov'?
[as by
Айзек Азимов?Ayzek Azimov
Aizek Azimov
Isaac Asimov
]
2009Translated by Carlos Gardini.
Spanish ¿Qué es esa cosa llamada amor?

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Amazing Stories, March 1961 1961-03-00 ed. Cele Goldsmith Ziff-Davis Publishing Company   $0.35 148
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Leo Summers Checkmark
Dodici volte domani 1964-02-15 Isaac Asimov Casa Editrice La Tribuna (Science Fiction Book Club (Italy) #4)   1,400 Lit 423
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Duccio Alessandri Checkmark
Great Science Fiction, No. 1 1965-12-00 ed. uncredited Ultimate Publishing Co., Inc.   $0.50 132
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Robert Gibson Jones Checkmark
Science Fiction Oddities 1966-11-00 ed. Groff Conklin Berkley Medallion S1311 $0.75 256
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Don Punchatz Checkmark
Urania #455 1967-02-12 ed. Carlo Fruttero, Franco Lucentini Arnoldo Mondadori Editore 455 200 Lit 168
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Karel Thole Checkmark
Nightfall and Other Stories 1969-00-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday (Doubleday Science Fiction)   $5.95 343
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Amelia S. Edwards  
Science Fiction Oddities 1969-06-00 ed. Groff Conklin Rapp & Whiting 0-85391-082-0 21/- x+
156
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Nightfall and Other Stories 1969-12-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday / SFBC (Doubleday Science Fiction) 2099 $1.69 343
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Amelia S. Edwards Checkmark
Dodici volte domani 1970-00-00 Isaac Asimov Casa Editrice La Tribuna (Science Fiction Book Club (Italy) #4)     423
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Duccio Alessandri Checkmark
Nightfall and Other Stories 1970-06-25 Isaac Asimov Rapp & Whiting 0-85391-157-6 35/- 344
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
L'amour, vous connaissez ? 1970-07-25 Isaac Asimov Denoël (Présence du Futur #125)     251
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Nightfall and Other Stories 1970-11-00 Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest M1486 $0.95 350
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Liebe 2002 1971-00-00 ed. Thomas Landfinder Bärmeier & Nikel   DM 26.00 419
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Eckart Warminski Checkmark
Urania #570 1971-07-11 ed. Carlo Fruttero, Franco Lucentini Arnoldo Mondadori Editore 570 300 Lit 142
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Karel Thole Checkmark
Nightfall Two 1971-10-00 Isaac Asimov Panther 0-586-03537-0 £0.30 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ken Sequin Checkmark
Nightfall Two 1972-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther 0-586-03657-1 £0.30 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ken Sequin Checkmark
Liebe 2002 1972-00-00 ed. Thomas Landfinder Deutscher Bücherbund     350
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Rathin Chattopadhyay Checkmark
Nightfall Two 1973-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther 0-586-03657-1 £0.30 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ken Sequin Checkmark
Liebe 2002 1973-04-00 ed. Thomas Landfinder Fischer Taschenbuch (Fischer Orbit #22) 3-436-01687-X DM 4.80 269
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Eddie Jones Checkmark
Vergangene Zukunft 1973-05-11 Isaac Asimov Pabel (Terra Taschenbuch #211) TTB211 DM 2.80 159
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Rita Mühlbauer , Hanno Rink Checkmark
Liebe 2002 1974-02-00 ed. Thomas Landfinder Fischer Taschenbuch (Fischer Orbit #22) 3-436-01687-X DM 4.80 269
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Eddie Jones Checkmark
Een Mooie Dag voor een Wandeling 1976-00-00 Isaac Asimov Bruna (Bruna SF #44) 90-229-9044-3   190
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ivo de Weerd Checkmark
Nightfall and Other Stories 1977-07-00 Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest 0-449-23188-7 $1.75 350
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Nightfall Two 1978-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther / Granada 0-586-03657-1   192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ken Sequin Checkmark
Antologia Personale. Volume primo 1978-10-00 Isaac Asimov Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Oscar) 15755-2 2,250 Lit 304
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Karel Thole  
Sex in the 21st Century 1979-09-00 ed. Michel Parry, Milton Subotsky Panther / Granada 0-586-04705-0 £0.95 172
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
L'amour, vous connaissez ? 1979-11-05 Isaac Asimov Denoël (Présence du Futur #125)     251
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Stéphane Dumont Checkmark
Le livre d'or de la Science-Fiction: Isaac Asimov 1980-09-18 Isaac Asimov Presses Pocket (Presses Pocket - Science Fiction #5092) 2-266-00935-4   314
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Marcel Laverdet Checkmark
Nightfall Two 1981-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther / Granada 0-586-03657-1 £1.25 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ken Sequin Checkmark
Flying Saucers 1982-05-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Fawcett Crest 0-449-24503-9 $2.95 349
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Richard Courtney Checkmark
Vergangene Zukunft 1983-01-00 Isaac Asimov Moewig (Utopia Classics #49) UC49 DM 5.80 160
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Nikolai Lutohin Checkmark
Flying Saucers 1983-03-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Fawcett Crest / Ballantine     349
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Nightfall and Other Stories 1984-12-00 Isaac Asimov Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-31091-8 $3.50 350
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Rick Sternbach Checkmark
Nightfall Two 1985-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther / Granada 0-586-03657-1 £1.95 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ken Sequin Checkmark
Amazing Stories: 60 Years of the Best Science Fiction 1985-07-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg TSR 0-88038-216-3 $7.95 255+
[16]
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Jeff Easley Checkmark
Antologia Personale. Volume primo 1987-07-00 Isaac Asimov Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Oscar #1996) 88-04-30471-5   304
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Anna Montecroci  
Flying Saucers 1987-08-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Fawcett Crest / Ballantine 0-449-21400-1 $3.95 349
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
The Complete Stories, Volume 1 1990-11-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday Foundation 0-385-41606-7 $22.95 viii+
614
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Barclay Shaw  
The Complete Stories, Volume 1 1990-11-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday Foundation 0-385-41627-X $12.95 viii+
614
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Barclay Shaw  
Alef, #22 1990-11-00 ed.
Boban Knežević?Boban Knezevic
Dnevnik   35 din 132
A5?14.8 cm by 21 cm or 5.8" by 8.3" magazine, used by some UK and European magazines
mag Tim White Checkmark
The Complete Stories, Volume 1 1991-03-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday Foundation / SFBC 17907 $10.98 viii+
614
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Barclay Shaw Checkmark
Nightfall and Other Stories 1991-07-00 Isaac Asimov Grafton 0-586-21255-8 £4.99 445
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Chris Foss  
The Great SF Stories #23 (1961) 1991-07-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books (DAW Collectors #856) 0-88677-478-0 $5.50 367
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Angus McKie Checkmark
The Great SF Stories #23 (1961) 1991-07-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books 0-88677-478-0 C$5.99 367
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Angus McKie Checkmark
The Complete Stories, Volume 1 1993-03-00 Isaac Asimov HarperCollins (UK) 0-00-224139-0 £15.99 614
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Chris Moore  
Le grandi storie della fantascienza: 1961 1993-08-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Classici Urania #197)   6,000 Lit 432
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Barclay Shaw  
Le grandi storie della fantascienza: 1961 1994-06-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (I Libri di Urania #14) 88-04-37674-0 8,000 Lit 432
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Barclay Shaw  
The Complete Stories: Volume Two 1995-01-00 Isaac Asimov HarperCollins (UK) 0-00-648016-0 £5.99 464
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Chris Moore  
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy 1996-03-00 ed. Peter Haining Souvenir Press 0-285-63308-2 £15.99 300
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Josh Kirby  
UFOs: The Greatest Stories 1996-06-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg MJF Books 1-56731-086-9 $8.98 310
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
The Complete Stories: Volume Two 1997-00-00 Isaac Asimov Voyager 0-00-648016-0 £6.99 464
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Chris Moore Checkmark
The Wizards of Odd 1997-00-00 ed. Peter Haining Legend 0-09-917442-1 £4.99 300
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Josh Kirby Checkmark
Girls for the Slime God 1997-00-00 ed. Mike Resnick Obscura Press 0-9659569-0-3 $15.00 213
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Peggy Ranson  
Gefährliche Possen 1997-00-00 ed. Peter Haining Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #5909) 3-453-13343-9 DM 14.90 444
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Josh Kirby Checkmark
The Wizards of Odd 1997-11-00 ed. Peter Haining Ace Books 0-441-00487-3 $6.50 347
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Walter Velez Checkmark
Самое мощное оружие?Samoye moshnoye oruzhiye
1998-00-00 5-7632-0748-3   442
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni Checkmark
Cuentos completos I 2010-09-00 Isaac Asimov Zeta (Zeta - Nova #48) 978-84-9872-258-1   816
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Oscar Chichoni Checkmark
Nightfall Two date unknown Isaac Asimov Panther 0-586-03537-0 £0.50 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Ken Sequin Checkmark
The Complete Stories, Volume 1 date unknown Isaac Asimov Doubleday Foundation 0-385-41627-X $17.95 viii+
614
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
Nightfall and Other Stories date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest M1486 $0.95 350
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Nightfall and Other Stories date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest P1969 $1.25 350
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Nightfall and Other Stories date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest 0-449-23672-2 $1.95 350
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
The Complete Stories, Volume 1 date unknown Isaac Asimov Broadway Books 0-385-41627-X $22.00 viii+
614
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
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