Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (ăz´əmŏf), 1920–92, American author and scientist, b. Petrovichi, USSR, grad. Columbia (B.S., 1939; M.A., 1941; Ph.D., 1948). An astonishingly prolific author, he wrote over 400 books. He first became prominent as a writer of such science fiction as I, Robot (1950, repr. 1970), The Caves of Steel (1954), and his most famous novel, The Foundation Trilogy (1951–53), which chronicled the fall of the Galactic Empire. They were supplemented by two additional novels, Foundation's Edge (1982) and Robots and Empire (1985). He was also a great popularizer of science. His works in this field include The Intelligent Man's Guide to Science (2 vol., rev. ed. 1965), The Stars in Their Courses (1971), and Did Comets Kill the Dinosaurs? (1987). In his later years he wrote on a diverse number of subjects, including guides to the Bible (1968–69) and Shakespeare (1970).

See his memoirs In Memory Yet Green (1979) and In Joy Still Felt (1981); study by J. Fiedler and J. Mele (1982).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Roving Mind
Isaac Asimov.
Prometheus Books, 1997
Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence: The First Encounter
James L. Christian.
Prometheus Books, 1976
Librarian’s tip: "Of Life Beyond: Man's Age-Old Speculations" by Isaac Asimov begins on p. 33
Science Fiction, Children's Literature, and Popular Culture: Coming of Age in Fantasyland
Gary Westfahl.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "In Defense of Stone Tablets: Isaac Asimov Explains Why Science Fiction Is Skeptical about 'New Information Technologies'"
Science Fiction: Ten Explorations
C. N. Manlove.
Kent State University Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Isaac Asimov, The Foundation Trilogy (1951-53; serialized 1942-49)"
Science Fiction
Adam Roberts.
Routledge, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "The Golden Age: Asimov" begins on p. 75
Mindscapes: The Geographies of Imagined Worlds
George E. Slusser; Eric S. Rabkin.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Isaac Asimov begins on p. 139
Space and Beyond: The Frontier Theme in Science Fiction
Gary Westfahl.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Isaac Asimov begins on p. 143
Isaac Asimov: A One-Man Renaissance
Chambers, Bette.
The Humanist, Vol. 53, No. 2, March-April 1993
The Legacy of Isaac Asimov
Hutcheon, Pat Duffy.
The Humanist, Vol. 53, No. 2, March-April 1993
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