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Title: Blind Alley Title Record # 41602
Author: Isaac Asimov
Date: 1945-03-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Series: Foundation Universe
Webpages: Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Synopsis: After a technologically undeveloped alien race is discovered by the human galactic empire and saved from their dying planet, they respond by ceasing any attempt to reproduce.
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Current Tags: epistolary (1), bureaucracy (1), alien contact (1), galactic empire (1), journalist (1) Add Tags

Other Titles

Translations
Year Language Title
1973 Italian Vicolo Cieco
1975Translated by Ronald Blunden
French Cul-de-sac
1977 Dutch Doodlopende Straat
1984Translated by Joachim Körber
German Sackgasse
1991Translated by Walter Brumm
German Sackgasse
1995Translated by 岡部宏之(Okabe Hiroyuki)
Japanese
袋小路?ふくろこうじ
Fukuro Kōji
Fukuro Kouji
[as by ]

Awards

Place Year and Award Category
Nominations Below Cutoff 1996 Retro Hugo Best Short Story

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Astounding Science Fiction, March 1945 1945-03-00 ed. John W. Campbell, Jr. Street & Smith Publications, Inc.   $0.25 180
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 Timmins Checkmark
The Best of Science Fiction 1946-02-11 ed. Groff Conklin Crown Publishers   $3.00 xxvii+
785
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Robert Josephy Checkmark
Best of Science Fiction 1963-00-00 ed. Groff Conklin Crown Publishers   $1.95 vii+
440
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 Checkmark
Great Stories of Space Travel 1963-07-00 ed. Groff Conklin Tempo Books T39 $0.60 256
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 Checkmark
Great Stories of Space Travel 1965-12-00 ed. Groff Conklin Tempo Books T39 $0.50 256
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 Checkmark
Great Stories of Space Travel 1969-00-00 ed. Groff Conklin Tempo Books 5313 $0.60 256
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 Checkmark
Great Stories of Space Travel 1970-04-00 ed. Groff Conklin Tempo Books / Grosset & Dunlap 5313 $0.60 256
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 Checkmark
The Early Asimov or, Eleven Years of Trying 1972-09-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday 0-385-03979-4 $10.00 viii+
540
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Barry Kiperman Checkmark
The Early Asimov or, Eleven Years of Trying 1972-12-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday / SFBC 5479 $2.98 568
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Barry Kiperman Checkmark
The Early Asimov or, Eleven Years of Trying 1973-10-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday 0-385-03979-4 $10.00 viii+
540
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Barry Kiperman Checkmark
Urania #630 1973-10-28 ed. Carlo Fruttero, Franco Lucentini Arnoldo Mondadori Editore 630 350 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
The Early Asimov or, Eleven Years of Trying Volume 3 1974-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther 0-586-03937-6 £0.35 192
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 Chris Foss Checkmark
The Early Asimov: Book Two 1974-12-00 Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest P2323 $1.25 304
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 Checkmark
The Early Asimov: Book Two 1974-12-00 Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest P2323 C$1.25 304
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 Checkmark
The Early Asimov or, Eleven Years of Trying Volume 3 1975-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther 0-586-03937-6 £0.40 192
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 Chris Foss Checkmark
La mère des mondes 1975-06-12 Isaac Asimov Denoël (Présence du Futur #199)     181
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
De Rode Koningin: Vroege Werken 3: 1941-1948 1977-00-00 Isaac Asimov Bruna (Bruna SF #71) 90-229-9071-0   240
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 Checkmark
The Early Asimov or, Eleven Years of Trying Volume 3 1978-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther Granada 0-586-03937-6 £0.75 192
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 Chris Foss Checkmark
Asimov Story 1979-03-00 Isaac Asimov Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Biblioteca di Urania #3)   3,500 Lit 588
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 Karel Thole  
The Golden Age of Science Fiction 1980-00-00 ed. Groff Conklin Bonanza Books / Crown Publishers 0-517-33486-0   xxvii+
785
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Ray Yeldham Checkmark
The Early Asimov: Book Two 1981-05-12 Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest 0-449-23700-1   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  
The Early Asimov or, Eleven Years of Trying Volume 3 1982-00-00 Isaac Asimov Panther / Granada 0-586-03937-6 £1.50 192
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 Chris Foss Checkmark
The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 7, 1945 1982-07-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books (DAW Collectors #489) 0-87997-746-9 $3.50 368
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 Bernal Checkmark
The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 7, 1945 1982-07-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books / New American Library of Canada 0-87997-746-9 C$3.95 368
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 Bernal Checkmark
Intergalactic Empires 1983-12-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Signet / New American Library 0-451-12624-6 $2.95 303
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 Paul Alexander Checkmark
Isaac Asimov — der Tausendjahresplaner 1984-00-00 Hans Joachim Alpers, Harald Pusch Corian (Edition Futurum #2) 3-89048-202-3 DM 19.80 199
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.
non-fic Bruno Stiegler Checkmark
The Golden Years of Science Fiction: Fourth Series 1984-12-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg Bonanza Books / Crown Publishers 0-517-44735-5 $6.98 632
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Fernandez Checkmark
The Early Asimov: Book 2 1986-02-00 Isaac Asimov Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-32589-3 C$4.95 301
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
Asimov Story 1987-05-27 Isaac Asimov Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Oscar #1957) 88-04-30078-7 8,000 Lit 586
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 Atelier Energia  
Intergalactic Empires 1988-07-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Robinson 0-948164-97-2 £2.95 303
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 Jim Burns Checkmark
The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov 1989-05-00 Isaac Asimov Dark Harvest 0-913165-44-1 $21.95 678
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Ron Lindahn , Val Lakey Lindahn  
The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov 1989-05-00 Isaac Asimov Dark Harvest 0-913165-43-3 $49.00 678
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Ron Lindahn , Val Lakey Lindahn  
The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov: Volume One 1990-07-00 Isaac Asimov Ace Books 0-441-00011-8 $3.95 182
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 Bob Eggleton  
The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov! 1991-00-00 Isaac Asimov Legend 0-7126-4690-6 £14.99 836
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Tony Roberts Checkmark
Die Asimov-Chronik: Robot ist verloren 1991-00-00 Isaac Asimov Heyne (Heyne Allgemeine Reihe #8199) 3-453-04602-1 DM 14.80 475
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 Checkmark
The Complete Stories, Volume 2 1992-02-00 Isaac Asimov Foundation / Doubleday 0-385-42078-1 $14.00 ix+
550
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 Checkmark
The Complete Stories, Volume 2 1992-05-00 Isaac Asimov Doubleday Foundation / SFBC 17907 $7.98 ix+
635
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Barclay Shaw Checkmark
The Complete Stories, Volume 2 1994-01-00 Isaac Asimov HarperCollins (UK) 0-00-224150-1 £16.99 550
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
S-Fマガジン 1995年12月号, #474?Esu-Efu Magajin 1995-nen 12-gatsu Gō, #474
Esu-Efu Magajin 1995-nen 12-gatsu Gou, #474
S-F Magajin 1995-nen 12-gatsu Gō, #474
S-F Magajin 1995-nen 12-gatsu Gou, #474
1995-12-00 ed.
Editors of S-Fマガジン?Editors of Esu-Efu Magajin
Editors of S-F Magajin
早川書房?Hayakawa Shobō
Hayakawa Shobo
はやかわしょぼう
ハヤカワショボウ
     
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.
mag  
The Complete Stories, Volume 2 unpublished Isaac Asimov Foundation / Doubleday 0-385-42079-X    
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
The Early Asimov Book Two date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest 23027 $1.75 304
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  
Great Stories of Space Travel date unknown ed. Groff Conklin Tempo Books 0-448-12131-X $1.25 256
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 Checkmark
The Best of Science Fiction date unknown ed. Groff Conklin Crown Publishers   $3.50 xxvii+
785
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Robert Josephy Checkmark
Intergalactic Empires date unknown ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Signet / New American Library 0-451-12624-6 $2.95 304
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.
anth Paul Alexander Checkmark
The Early Asimov: Book Two date unknown Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest Q2584 $1.50 304
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 Checkmark
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