One of the stories I am sure was called The Road and another was about a mysterious alien that a young girl named Ineed and her mother kept correcting it to Enid. I read it in the 70's or early 80's.

This book was an anthology book containing works by multiple authors, possibly a collection of short stories that had something to do with Isaac Asimov(?)

I recall the front cover displayed a man and some very odd looking plant-life (alien one presumes) against a pale blue background.

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    ..."A book of short stories by Isaac Asimov written by other authors" is rather confusing. Can you clarify what you mean? – Meat Trademark Oct 22 at 5:54
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    @MeatTrademark - "...edited by Asimov,", I assume OP means. – Valorum Oct 22 at 7:02
  • @Valorum I would likewise assume. As someone who's been around here way more than I, :) what do you think of the edit to the title without the OP's explicit clarification? – Lexible Oct 22 at 14:59
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    @Lexible - I'd be happier if they confirmed it since the edit changes the meaning of the post (although admittedly it also changes it from incoherent to coherent) – Valorum Oct 22 at 15:03
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    @Eyeball - Don't forget that you can edit your own question. I've taken the liberty of adding the info in for you this time :-) – Valorum Oct 23 at 8:06

another was about a mysterious alien that a young girl named Ineed and her mother kept correcting it to Enid.

I have no idea about Asimov , but I hazard to guess that the story you are referencing above is "At the Bottom of the Garden" by David Campton. The story was first published in Armada Sci Fi 1 in 1975, and subsequently collected in several anthologies.

"At the Bottom of the Garden" was creepy as creepy gets. There is indeed a young girl, she indeed has a friend named Ineed who is... uh... not from around these parts, and her distracted mother indeed corrects her about many things including calling her friend "Enid". The story opens with the memorable line

"MUMMY, why has Ineed got furry teeth?"

[SHUDDER]

  • None of the anthologies featuring this story that are listed on ISFD were edited by Isaac Asimov, nor did he contribute to them.

  • None of the anthologies listed contains a story titled "The Road".

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    The title is an allusion the first line of Rose Fyleman's poem "Fairies": theotherpages.org/poems/fyleman.html – Buzz Oct 22 at 6:34
  • +1 @Buzz I never knew that! – Lexible Oct 22 at 14:45
  • Oh yes!! Furry teeth!!!! That's it!!! So... What collection did this story appear in please? – Eyeball Oct 22 at 21:29
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    @Eyeball There were several collections. Follow the blue ISFD link at the bottom of my answer to see them. Also: if my answer serves you well, feel free to up vote (clicking the up-arrow to the top left of my answer, and if you feel I nailed it, please accept the answer by clicking the checkmark there. – Lexible Oct 23 at 3:27
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    That's a good story. Wish I read it yesterday. – Meat Trademark Nov 1 at 18:59

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