I, Asimov

A Memoir

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307573532

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 592

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Arguably the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived, Isaac Asimov also possessed one of the most brilliant and original minds of our time. His accessible style and far-reaching interests in subjects ranging from science to humor to history earned him the nickname “the Great Explainer.” I. Asimov is his personal story—vivid, open, and honest—as only Asimov himself could tell it. Here is the story of the paradoxical genius who wrote of travel to the stars yet refused to fly in airplanes; who imagined alien universes and vast galactic civilizations while staying home to write; who compulsively authored more than 470 books yet still found the time to share his ideas with some of the great minds of our century. Here are his wide-ranging thoughts and sharp-eyed observations on everything from religion to politics, love and divorce, friendship and Hollywood, fame and mortality. Here, too, is a riveting behind-the-scenes look at the varied personalities—Campbell, Ellison, Heinlein, Clarke, del Rey, Silverberg, and others—who along with Asimov helped shape science fiction. As unique and irrepressible as the man himself, I. Asimov is the candid memoir of an incomparable talent who entertained readers for nearly half a century and whose work will surely endure into the future he so vividly envisioned.

I. Asimov

A Memoir

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 055356997X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 578

View: 7521

A self-portrait by the late master of science fiction and popular scientific thought looks back on his life and career, discussing his writings, religious beliefs, friendships and personal relationships, and innovative ideas. Reprint.

Notes for a Memoir

On Isaac Asimov, Life, and Writing

Author: Janet Asimov

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 207

View: 8994

Contains personal anecdotes and letters offering insights into Janet and Isaac Asimov's identities, and includes musings on the nature of writing and mortality.

It's Been a Good Life

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1615921931

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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...fascinating...this readable and idiosyncratic self-portrait should attract a whole new generation of readers to Asimov's fine creative works. --Publishers WeeklyNew one-volume autobiography spans Asimov's life for the first time!As one of the most gifted and prolific writers of the twentieth century, Isaac Asimov became legendary for his inexhaustible creativity, wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, and talent for explaining complex subjects in clear, concise prose. While regaling his readers with an incredible opus of almost five hundred entertaining and illuminating science fiction and nonfiction books, he also found time to write a three-volume autobiography. Now these volumes have been condensed into one by Asimov's wife, Janet, who also shares excerpts from letters he wrote to her. Together these writings provide an intimate portrait of a creative genius whose love of learning and playing with ideas is evident on every page.Reading this autobiography is like sitting down with Isaac Asimov and experiencing his witty, engaging, and brilliant personality firsthand. We are treated to many marvelous stories about his upbringing in Depression-era Brooklyn, his early fascination with the new science fiction pulp magazines, the thrill of his first published story, the creation of his well-known story Nightfall, the genesis of the Foundation series, and the evolution of his creative life as a writer.He also reveals his inner thoughts about and experiences with various luminaries in science and science fiction. Above all, Asimov's autobiography conveys unbounded enthusiasm for his craft, the infectious joy of learning and creating, complete intellectual honesty, his strong humanist convictions, and his infinite fund of good humor and optimism even at the end of his life - all told in the lively clear writing style that was his trademark.Although Janet Jeppson Asimov concludes this work with a shocking revelation about her husband's death, the volume is clearly intended as a celebration - as the title suggests - of a wonderful, creative life. As a poignant coda to this work, Janet has appended one short story that was Isaac's favorite, and his 400th essay on this thoughts about science.Janet Jeppson Asimov, M.D. (New York, NY), a retired physician, is the author of twenty books and many short stories and articles. She currently writes a bimonthly science column for a newspaper syndicate.

Prelude to Foundation

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Spectra

ISBN: 0553900951

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future. Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory, his remarkable theory of prediction. Little does the young Outworld mathematician know that he has already sealed his fate and the fate of humanity. For Hari possesses the prophetic power that makes him the most wanted man in the Empire... the man who holds the key to the future - an apocalyptic power to be know forever after as the Foundation.

How to Love Wine

A Memoir and Manifesto

Author: Eric Asimov

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062199358

Category: Cooking

Page: 288

View: 335

Eric Asimov, the acclaimed chief wine critic for the New York Times, has written a beautiful and thought-provoking combination memoir and manifesto, How to Love Wine. With charm, wit, and intelligence, Asimov tells how he went from writing beer reviews for his high school newspaper on Long Island to the most coveted job in the industry. He evaluates the current wine culture, discussing trends both interesting and alarming, and celebrates the extraordinary pleasures of wine while, at the same time, questioning the conventional wisdom about wine. Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice, already love wine or want to know it better, How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto is the book for you.

Yours, Isaac Asimov

A Lifetime of Letters

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Doubleday Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 332

View: 3857

A collection of hundreds of letters, never published before, reveal the wit, charm, and celebrated intelligence of the enormously prolific science and science fiction writer

Asimov's Galaxy

Reflections on Science Fiction

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 318

View: 3975

Asimov's Galaxy gives the reader an inside look at the fascinating world of science fiction and an intensely personal glimpse of Isaac Asimov, the writer and the man.

Azazel

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Transworld Publishers

ISBN: 9780553400687

Category:

Page: 221

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He's two centimetres tall. He's fiery red. He has magical powers strong enough to wreck a normal human's life...all with the best intentions, of course. George Bitternut, an eccentric linguist stumbles onto an ancient incantation that calls forth this diminutive demon of astonishing wizardry. Unfortunately, Azazel refuses to do anything for George's personal gain - but he agrees to help out a few of his friends. This devilish collection of stories follows the antic adventures - and misadventures - of Azazel and our beleaguered Mr Bitternut. Told with great fun and in the inimitable Asimov style, Azazel makes for hours of pure impish delight.

I, Robot

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Voyager

ISBN: 9780008279554

Category:

Page: 256

View: 8739

The classic collection of robot stories from the master of the genre. In these stories Isaac Asimov creates the Three Laws of Robotics and ushers in the Robot Age. Earth is ruled by master-machines but the Three Laws of Robotics have been designed to ensure humans maintain the upper hand: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or allow a human being to come to harm2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. But what happens when a rogue robot's idea of what is good for society contravenes the Three Laws?

Asimov on physics

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Doubleday Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 204

View: 4610

Mr. Asimov deals with key discoveries, advances, and theories in modern physics

Isaac Asimov

A Life of the Grand Master of Science Fiction

Author: Michael White

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 9780786715183

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 285

View: 5144

A detailed biography of the influential science fiction writer chronicles the remarkable life of this prolific artist who wrote more than four hundred books in his lifetime, including the Foundation series, which recently inspired the film I, Robot. Original.

The Roving Mind

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1615921281

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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Isaac Asimov's death on April 6, 1992, was a great loss to the world of literary science and freethought. The prolific author's vision is unmatched today, and his pointed honesty shines through in The Roving Mind, now reissued in this special tribute edition.This collection of essays is wide-ranging, reflecting Asimov's extraordinary skill in disseminating knowledge from across the spectrum of human thought. Some of the areas explored in this volume of 62 essays include creationism, pseudoscience, censorship, population, philosophy of science, transportation, computers and corporations of the future, and astronomy. His predictions about cloning which has only recently become the topic of public debate the theory of technophobia, and other scientific developments are astounding. In a lighter tone, Asimov includes several personal stories from his life including thoughts on his style of writing and memories of family in younger days.With tributes by Arthur C. Clarke, L. Sprague de Camp, Harlan Ellison, Kendrick Frazier, Martin Gardner, Donald Goldsmith, Stephen Jay Gould, E. C. Krupp, Frederik Pohl, and Carl SaganThe collection is very readable and thus is accessible to a wide audience of nonscientists as well as scientists. Both adults and young people should find it interesting. -The Physics Teacher. . . Asimov's best include pieces detailing the present mysteries of solar astronomy, removing the mythology of cloning (backyard gardners do it all the time), and pointing out deficiencies in the supposed chemistry expertise of Sherlock Holmes. -Nature

Past, Present, and Future

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 374

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In Past, Present, and Future, Asimov has culled the best of his essays (some of which appear here for the first time) to form a fascinating journey through the world of astronomy, nuclear power, medicine, physics, history, music, film, politics, and other popular subjects. Our preeminent popularizer of science, Asimov takes on many of today's most discussed issues here - Star Wars, the Chernobyl disaster, genetic engineering, the creationsim/evolution debate - with a flair, verve, and mastery that have won him innumerable readers. But he also includes many essays written in a personal vein, giving us disarmingly humorous accounts of his triple-bypass surgery and his "Hollywood Non-Career." An entertaining look at Asimov's committment to living in New York City (which he calls "Paradise") is afforded in "I Love New York." On a grand tour of the years ahead, in chapters like "Living on the Moon," "2084," "Should We Fear the Computer?" and "The New Learning," we are shown a future that is thrilling, fearsome, and, as the author insists, our present responsibility. Destined to take its place on the shelves of every Asimov fan, Past, Present, and Future is at once rational, argumentative, informal, and charming.

Nemesis

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780857500526

Category: Red giants

Page: 446

View: 6252

Tearing its way through space on a collision course for Earth is Nemesis, a fiery ball of destruction, a dwarf star as red as the colour of blood. Circling Nemesis is Rotor, an Earth colony whose occupants have cut themselves off from the anarchy and degeneration of an old and wasted world. For them Rotor is a kind of Ark. And Nemesis is the Flood....

Galaxy's Isaac Asimov Collection Volume 1

A Compilation from Galaxy Science Fiction Issues

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: MDP Publishing

ISBN: 1944409149

Category: Fiction

Page: 365

View: 3431

MDP Publishing has compiled a collection of 6 Novels, novelettes, novellas and short stories from prolific Science Fiction icon Isaac Asimov. These stories were originally published by Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine in the early 1950's. Stories include the 3 part full length novel Tyrann, as well as Hostess, The C-Chute, Darwinian Pool Room, The Martian Way and The Deep. With over 350+ electronic pages and all of the originally artwork from each issue of Galaxy, you can experience these stories the same way science fiction fans from the 1950's did! Look for more editions of MDP'sGalaxy's Science Fiction series, available now at e-retailers worldwide.

Misbegotten Missionary

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1682997456

Category: Fiction

Page: 24

View: 7058

It was a lovable little creature, anxious to help solve the troubles of the world. Moreover, it had the answer! But what man ever takes free advice?

A Choice of Catastrophes

The Disasters that Threaten Our World

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780449900482

Category: Science

Page: 377

View: 1780

Scientist, author, and Earth-dweller, explores the many potential natural and man-made catastrophes that could change life as we know it, or erase us from the face of the Earth. Natural properties and laws might change at any time, rendering life on this planet--or anywhere in the universe--impossible. But the disasters that are most imminent are in our power to control--technology, nuclear warfare, pollution... Natural forces far more powerful than man might destroy us. Or they may have nothing to do with bringing about the end. Book jacket.