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The Planet That Wasn't is a collection of seventeen scientific essays by American writer and scentist Isaac Asimov. It was the twelfth of a series of books collecting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. These essays were first published between December 1974 and April 1976. It was first published by Doubleday & Company in 1976.

The Planet That Wasn't
First edition
AuthorIsaac Asimov
CountryUnited States
SeriesFantasy & Science Fiction essays
Publication date
Media typeprint (Hardback and Paperback)
Preceded byOf Matters Great and Small 
Followed byQuasar, Quasar, Burning Bright 


  • "Star In The East" (F&SF, December 1974)
  • "Thinking About Thinking" (January 1975)
  • "The Rocketing Dutchmen" (February 1975)
  • "The Bridge of the Gods" (March 1975)
  • "The Judo Argument" (April 1975)
  • "The Planet That Wasn't" (May 1975)
  • "The Olympian Snows" (June 1975)
  • "Titanic Surprise" (July 1975)
  • "The Wicked Witch is Dead" (August 1975)
  • "The Wrong Turning" (September 1975)
  • "The Third Liquid" (October 1975)
  • "Best Foot Backward" (November 1975)
  • "The Smell of Electricity" (December 1975)
  • "Silent Victory" (January 1976)
  • "Change of Air" (February 1976)
  • "The Nightfall Effect" (March 1976)
  • "All Gall" (April 1976)

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