I, Asimov

A Memoir

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307573532

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 592

View: 7008

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.

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: 2912

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

Yours, Isaac Asimov

A Lifetime of Letters

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Doubleday Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 332

View: 6517

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

How to Love Wine

A Memoir and Manifesto

Author: Eric Asimov

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062199358

Category: Cooking

Page: 288

View: 415

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.

Handbuch für Zeitreisende

Author: Charles Yu

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644901619

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 3289

Charles Yu ist Reparateur für Zeitmaschinen im Kleinuniversum 31. Stets an seiner Seite: Tammy, ein weibliches Betriebssystem mit Minderwertigkeitskomplexen, und sein Hund Ed, der ontologisch existiert, aber nicht real ist. Dass die Zeitreisenden stets nur den schlimmsten Moment in ihrem Leben ansteuern, wundert Yu schon lange nicht mehr. Er greift bloß dann ein, wenn jemand versucht, die Vergangenheit zu verändern – obwohl er das manchmal am lieb¬sten selbst täte. Denn Yu würde alles dafür geben, seinen Vater wiederzusehen. Eines Tages stößt er auf etwas, das ihm dabei helfen könnte: ein «Handbuch für Zeitreisende», das er selbst in der Zukunft geschrieben hat. Yu ist, genau wie Douglas Adams, ungeheuer witzig. (New York Times Book Review) Ein großer Spaß, jenseits von Raum und Zeit. (Audrey Niffenegger) Ein faszinierender, philosophischer und überraschender Thriller über das Leben und die Zusammenhänge, die ihm Sinn verleihen. (Kirkus Review) Man muss es immer wieder lesen. Großartig! (Los Angeles Times) Geschichten wie die vorliegende sind eine Rarität, die man nicht alle Tage entdeckt und die deshalb umso schöner zu erleben ist ... Einfach unwiderstehlich! (www.literaturmarkt.info) Extrem witzig! (Joy) Hypnotisch und schrill ... ein schwindelerregender Raum-Zeit-Spass. Eine schillernde Reverenz an Douglas Adams! (annabelle) Das Handbuch für Zeitreisende gehört zu den cleversten Romanen, die ich in den letzten Jahren gelesen habe. (popkulturschock.wordpress.com) Fazit: Lesen! Intelligente, bittere, witzige, versöhnliche Unterhaltung aus dem Bereich der leicht gebeugten Naturwissenschaften. Top! (suite101.de)

Isaac Asimov

Science Fiction Trailblazer

Author: Jocelyn Hoppa

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9780766029613

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 104

View: 1338

"A biography of Russian-American science-fiction author Isaac Asimov"--Provided by publisher.

Conversations with Isaac Asimov

Author: Isaac Asimov,Carl Howard Freedman

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781578067381

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 170

View: 8073

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), one of the most popular and influential American authors of the twentieth century, sparked the imagination of generations of writers. His Foundation trilogy paved the way for science fiction that was more speculative and philosophical than had been previously seen in the genre, and his book I, Robot and his story "The Bicentennial Man" have been made into popular movies. First published as a teenager in John W. Campbell's groundbreaking science-fiction magazine Astounding, Asimov published over two hundred books during his lifetime. While most prolific writers tend to concentrate almost exclusively on a single genre, Asimov was a polymath who wrote widely on a variety of subjects. He authored mysteries, autobiographies, histories, satires, companions to Shakespeare, children's books on science, and collections of bawdy limericks. A lifelong atheist, he nevertheless wrote more than a half dozen books on the Bible. Asimov's varied interests establish him as a premier public intellectual, one who was frequently called upon to clarify debates in science, in history, and on the effects of technology on the modern age. Conversations with Isaac Asimov collects interviews with a man considered to be-along with Robert Heinlein, A. E. van Vogt, and Arthur C. Clarke-a founder of modern science fiction. Despite this, Asimov is perhaps best known for his many books of popular science writing. Carl Sagan once described Asimov as the greatest explainer of his age, and this talent made Asimov a natural for the interview form. His manner is always crisp and lucid, his tone always engaging, and his comments always enlightening. Carl Freedman, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is professor of English at Louisiana State University. He is the author of Critical Theory and Science Fiction, The Incomplete Projects: Marxism, Modernity, and the Politics of Culture, and George Orwell: A Study in Ideology and Literary Form.

Im Gefängnis des Glaubens

Scientology, Hollywood und die Innenansicht einer modernen Kirche

Author: Lawrence Wright

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 3641104955

Category: Social Science

Page: 624

View: 7662

Die Sekte der Stars: Was Scientology so attraktiv und gefährlich macht Scientology ist eine der umstrittensten sogenannten neuen religiösen Bewegungen. In Deutschland wird die Organisation vom Verfassungsschutz beobachtet. Was aber macht Scientology immer wieder attraktiv für Menschen auch in Deutschland? Warum hat Scientology so große Anziehungskraft gerade auf Hollywood? In seinem neuen Buch begibt sich der Pulitzer-Preisträger Lawrence Wright (»Der Tod wird euch finden« über Al-Qaida) in das Herz von Scientology. Nach jahrelangen Recherchen im Umfeld der Organisation schildert er ihre Gründung durch den Science-Fiction-Autor L. Ron Hubbard, die bisweilen bizarr anmutenden Glaubensinhalte und die aggressiven Praktiken gegenüber Mitgliedern, Abtrünnigen und Kritikern. Seine Gespräche mit dem Filmregisseur und Ex-Mitglied Paul Haggis verschafften Wright tiefe Einblicke in die auffällig enge Beziehung gerade von Filmschaffenden – unter ihnen etwa Tom Cruise und John Travolta – zu Scientology.

An Introduction to W.R. Bion's 'A Memoir of the Future'

Authoritative, Not Authoritarian, Psychoanalysis

Author: P.C. Sandler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429910746

Category: Psychology

Page: 400

View: 7921

In the last years of his life Bion gathered unusual manuscripts handwritten in his tidy lettering that assumed the form of a trilogy. Finely typed and edited by his dedicated wife, they were named A Memoir of the Future. Many of the themes of this book were already evident in Transformations and Attention and Interpretation. These earlier books provide many of the theories whose practical counterpart finally found a form in the trilogy: as Bion himself noted, "the criteria for a psychoanalytic paper are that it should stimulate in the reader the emotional experience that the writer intends, that its power to stimulate should be durable, and that the emotional experience thus stimulated should be an accurate representation of the psychoanalytic experience that stimulated the writer in first place." Was Bion true to his word? It is perhaps left to the reader to answer this question. The present book is an attempt to indicate the view that Bion's attempt was to present the burning flame itself - rather than presenting static photographs of the fire.

Von den Sternen geküsst

Author: Amy Plum

Publisher: Loewe Verlag

ISBN: 373200094X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 416

View: 6088

Das Finale der romantischen Revenant-Trilogie um Vincent und Kate. Eine Fantasy-Liebesgeschichte in Paris, die zu Herzen geht! In Vincent hat Kate ihre große Liebe gefunden. Doch ihr gemeinsames Glück währt nicht lange. Denn Vincent ist kein Mensch, sondern ein Revenant. Immer wieder opfert er sein Leben, um andere Sterbliche zu retten. Nicht genug damit: Numa-Anführerin Violette hat seinen Körper vernichtet und Kates Hoffnung auf eine gemeinsame Zukunft zerstört. Ihr Freund ist nun eine wandernde Seele, er existiert nur noch als Geist. Eine winzige Chance, ihn wieder ins Leben zurückzuholen, scheint es zu geben. Doch Violette setzt alles daran, Vincent für sich zu gewinnen. Werden Kate und Vincent es schaffen, den bösen Mächten zu trotzen, und doch noch zueinander finden? "Von den Sternen geküsst" ist der letzte Band einer Trilogie. Die beiden Vorgängertitel lauten "Von der Nacht verzaubert" und "Vom Mondlicht berührt".

Within the Sanctuary of Wings

A Memoir by Lady Trent

Author: Marie Brennan

Publisher: Titan Books

ISBN: 1783297794

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 7560

After her adventure in the mountains of Vystrana, and her exploits in the depths of Eriga, to the high seas aboard The Basilisk, and then to the deserts of Akhia, the Lady Trent has captivated hearts along with fierce minds. This concluding volume will finally reveal the truths behind her most notorious adventure - scaling the tallest peak in the world, behind the territory of Scirland's enemies - and what she discovered there, within the Sanctuary of Wings.

Evaporating Genres

Essays on Fantastic Literature

Author: Gary K. Wolfe

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819571040

Category: Fiction

Page: 280

View: 6087

In this wide-ranging series of essays, an award-winning science fiction critic explores how the related genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror evolve, merge, and finally “evaporate” into new and more dynamic forms. Beginning with a discussion of how literary readers “unlearned” how to read the fantastic during the heyday of realistic fiction, Gary K. Wolfe goes on to show how the fantastic reasserted itself in popular genre literature, and how these genres themselves grew increasingly unstable in terms of both narrative form and the worlds they portray. More detailed discussions of how specific contemporary writers have promoted this evolution are followed by a final essay examining how the competing discourses have led toward an emerging synthesis of critical approaches and vocabularies. The essays cover a vast range of authors and texts, and include substantial discussions of very current fiction published within the last few years.

Das letzte Wort

Roman - diezukunft.de-Edition

Author: Alena Graedon

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641165121

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

View: 2566

Die nahe Zukunft: Bücher, Zeitungen und Zeitschriften sind so gut wie ausgestorben – die Smartphones, genannt Mems, übernehmen für die Menschen jegliche Form der Kommunikation. Als Synchronic Inc., ein riesiger Computerkonzern, mittels einer Wörter- App die Sprache selbst monopolisieren will, kommt es zur globalen Katastrophe: Die App setzt einen Virus frei, der den Menschen das Sprachvermögen raubt – völliges Verstummen und im schlimmsten Fall der Tod sind die Folge. Einzig ein Geheimbund aus Linguisten und Lexikografen versucht, Synchronic Inc. aufzuhalten.

More Than a Memoir

Author: NELSON J. LEONARD

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469114402

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 431

View: 1698

In this unusual autobiography you will find the full story of a life spanning much of the twentieth century. Selective reading will disclose How a teacher/scientist may develop The importance of focus and integrity The fascination of doing chemical and biochemical research with students and colleagues The excitement of discovery and of facing new challenges Personal details about family life and friendships Career choices and diversions Plus In the 23 (!) appendices, you will find details concerning Other activities attendant upon a career in science The influence of conferences, symposia, and international scientific connections The coworkers who built the reputation of the author

Daily Rituals

How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work

Author: Mason Currey

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447241835

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 5498

'Utterly fascinating' Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times Anthony Trollope wrote three thousand words every morning before heading off to his job at the Post Office. Toulouse-Lautrec did his best work at night, sometimes even setting up his easel in brothels, and George Gershwin composed at the piano in pyjamas and a bathrobe. Freud worked sixteen hours a day, but Gertrude Stein could never write for more than thirty minutes, and F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in gin-fuelled bursts - he believed alcohol was essential to his creative process. From Marx to Murakami and Beethoven to Bacon, Daily Rituals examines the working routines of more than a hundred and sixty of the greatest philosophers, writers, composers and artists ever to have lived. Filled with fascinating insights on the mechanics of genius and entertaining stories of the personalities behind it, Daily Rituals is irresistibly addictive, and utterly inspiring.

Environmentalism in the Realm of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature

Author: Chris Baratta

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443835420

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 190

View: 2531

The collection of essays titled Environmentalism in the Realm of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature discusses the environmental and ecocritical themes found in works of science-fiction and fantasy literature. It focuses on an analysis of important literary works in these genres to yield an understanding of how they address the environmental issues we are facing today. Organized into four sections titled “Industrial Dilemmas,” “The Natural World, Community, and the Self,” “Materialism, Capitalism, and Environmentalism,” and “Dystopian Futures,” the essays included also investigate the solutions that these works present to ensure the sustainability of our natural world and, in turn, the sustainability of humanity. This collection will appeal to a broad range of scholars, including those who focus their studies on one of, or all of, the following fields: Ecocriticism, Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, and Environmentalism in Literature. The essays investigate the myriad ways that science fiction and fantasy literature address environmental concerns, with a focus on the detrimental effects – on humanity, on society – of environmental destruction. With topics ranging from the dangers of industrial progress to the connection between environmental degradation and the destruction of the individual, to environmental dangers posed by capitalistic societies to ignored warnings of ecological crises, the essays each tactfully analyze the relationship between the environmental themes in literature and how readers and scholars can learn from the irresponsible treatment of the environment, while also considering solutions to this crisis that are found in science fiction and fantasy literature.

A Natural History of Dragons

A Memoir by Lady Trent

Author: Marie Brennan

Publisher: Titan Books

ISBN: 1783292407

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 2091

“You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself...” From Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, Isabella, Lady Trent is known to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning and natural history defied the stifling conventions of her day. Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects and her fragile flesh to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.