By Isaac Asimov

He is centimetres tall. he is fiery purple. He has magical powers robust adequate to break a typical human's life...all with the easiest intentions, after all. George Bitternut, an eccentric linguist stumbles onto an historic incantation that calls forth this diminutive demon of staggering wizardry. regrettably, Azazel refuses to do something for George's own achieve - yet he concurs to assist out some of his acquaintances. This devilish selection of tales follows the antic adventures - and misadventures - of Azazel and our beleaguered Mr Bitternut. informed with nice enjoyable and within the inimitable Asimov variety, Azazel makes for hours of natural impish pride.

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I demanded. “Why now not human? ” demanded he, in his flip. “What species is crowding the planet, destroying the surroundings, removing different species, filling the biosphere with chemical pollution? What species will damage the Earth and render it absolutely non-viable in an issue of a long time probably? absolutely no longer another than Homo sapiens? If i will be able to locate the fitting sonic wavelength, i will be able to strike my saser within the right demeanour and with the right kind strength to wash the Earth in sonic vibrations that may, in a question of an afternoon or so, for it takes time for sound to trip, wipe out humanity, whereas scarcely touching different lifestyles types with nucleic acids of differing intimate constitution. ” I acknowledged, “You are ready to spoil billions of humans? ” “The Lord did it via the Flood —” “Surely you don’t think the biblical story of the —” West acknowledged austerely, “I am a creationist geologist, sir. ” I understood every thing. “Ah,” I stated, “and the Lord promised he may by no means back ship a Flood upon the Earth, yet he didn’t say whatever approximately sound waves. ” “Exactly! The billions of lifeless will fertilize and fructify the Earth, function nutrition for different kinds of lifestyles that have suffered a lot by the hands of humanity and deserve recompense. What’s extra, a remnant of humanity shall definitely live to tell the tale. There are sure to be a number of people who may have nucleic acids of a sort that won't be delicate to the sonic vibrations. That remnant, blessed by means of the Lord, can commence anew, and should probably have realized a lesson as to the evil of Evil, so that you could communicate. ” I acknowledged, “Why are you telling me all this? ” And, certainly, it had happened to me that it used to be unusual he used to be doing so. He leaned towards me and seized me through the lapel of my jacket —a such a lot disagreeable adventure, for his breath used to be particularly overpowering — and acknowledged, “I have the internal sure bet for you to support me in my paintings. ” “I? ” I acknowledged. “I guarantee you that I haven’t any wisdom whatever pertaining to wavelengths, nucleic acids, and —” yet then, bethinking myself speedily, I acknowledged, “Yet, come to think about it, i could have simply the object for you. ” And in a extra formal voice, with the stately courtesy that's one in all my features, I acknowledged, “Would you do me the dignity, sir, of expecting me for maybe fifteen mins? ” “Certainly, sir,” he responded, with equivalent formality. “I will occupy myself with additional abstruse mathematical calculations. ” As I hastened out of the living room I handed a ten-dollar invoice to the bartender with a whispered, “See that that gentleman, if i could communicate loosely, doesn't go away till I go back. Feed him beverages and positioned it on my tab, if totally worthwhile. ” I by no means fail to hold with me these uncomplicated elements i take advantage of to name up Azazel, and in a really jiffy he used to be sitting at the mattress lamp in my room, suffused along with his traditional tmy red glow. He acknowledged censoriously, in his piping little voice, “You interrupted me whilst i used to be m the midst of creating a pasmaratso with which I totally anticipated to win the guts of a beautiful samini.

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