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by Isaac Asimov

  • Author: Isaac Asimov
  • ISBN: 0385417012
  • ISBN13: 978-0385417013
  • ePub: 1629 kb | FB2: 1446 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Arts & Literature
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (March 1, 1994)
  • Pages: 562
  • Rating: 4.1/5
  • Votes: 373
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I, Asimov: A Memoir ePub download

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Arguably the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived, Isaac Asimov also possessed one of the most brilliant and original minds of our time. I. Asimov is his personal story-vivid.

Martin Harry Greenberg. Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.

Asimov: A Memoir Contents Introduction Infant Prodigy? My Father My Mother Marcia Religion My Name Anti-Semitism Library Bookworm School Growing. Martin Harry Greenberg.

Isaac Asimov (/ˈæzɪmɒv/; c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. His books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification.

Isaac Asimov began his Foundation series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned more than 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decades

A list of Isaac Asimov's 506 books arranged by his own categories as in his autobiographies, though later books have been added. 1 Pebble in the Sky (Doubleday 1950).

A list of Isaac Asimov's 506 books arranged by his own categories as in his autobiographies, though later books have been added. 4 Foundation (Gnome Press 1951). 5 David Starr, Space Ranger (Doubleday 1952). 6 Foundation and Empire (Gnome Press 1952). 7 The Currents of Space (Doubleday 1952). 9 Second Foundation (Gnome Press 1953). 10 Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids (Doubleday 1953).

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.

For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. This is young Isaac Asimov's first novel, full of wonders and ideas, the book that launched the novels of the Galactic Empire, culminating in the Foundation series. This is Golden Age SF at its finest. Fantasy, Science Fiction, Actions & Adventure, History & Fiction.

Isaac Asimov, New York, New York. Contact Isaac Asimov on Messenger. See actions taken by the people who manage and post content. Page created – 8 April 2014.

Isaac Asimov Biography - Born on January 2, 1920 in Russia, Isaac Asimov was an American writer specializing in. .

Isaac Asimov Biography - Born on January 2, 1920 in Russia, Isaac Asimov was an American writer specializing in the genre of science fiction. He is considered one of the three. Also a professor of biochemistry at Boston University, Isaac Asimov has over 500 published volumes in addition to 90,000 letters, postcards and other scientific books for laymen. He was the son of Judah Asimov and Anna Asimov who immigrated to the United States when Isaac was three. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Asimov’s childhood was spent reading passionately. He explored all the libraries within his reach and was a perfect description of the term bookworm.

The long-awaited autobiography of the science fiction master

Arguably the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived, Isaac Asimov also possessed one of the most brilliant and original minds of our time. Asimov is his personal story-vivid, open, and honest-as only Asimov himself could tell it.

A self-portrait by the late master of science fiction and popular scientific thought looks back on Asimov's long and fruitful life, discussing his writings, religious beliefs, friendships and personal relationships, and innovative ideas. 30,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.
"I, Asimov" was the penultimate book to pour from the pen of Isaac Asimov. During a career that lasted over five decades, Asimov wrote on more topics than virtually any other writer in literary history. From the sciences to history and Shakespeare to the Bible, his clear, concise writing style and ability to simplify even the most complex ideas earned him the nickname "The Great Explainer." His fiction, with the exception of his early Foundation novels, "The Gods Themselves" and some shorter pieces, consisted largely of filler. Nonetheless, by the time of his death, he was quite possibly the most famous SF writer of his time.
Asimov's first volumes of autobiography were published in 1979 and 1980. As his health declined and the end drew near, his wife, Janet, encouraged him to write a third volume, less explanatory and more introspective. He obliged. "I, Asimov" lacks the surface detail of the early memoirs, but is rich in thought, emotion and self-revelation. The man that emerges from these pages was witty, intelligent, kind, loyal and genuinely devoted to sharing his knowledge and talents with others. He could also be vain and arrogant, but he is so honest about these less-attractive attributes that the reader is willing to forgive him anything.
There is a cloud of nostalgia and approaching death that hangs over most of "I, Asimov." The book was written when the author knew he didn't have long to live, and the book reflects that state of mind. In the end, however, it is uplifting and optimistic rather than depressing and gloom-ridden. What keeps me from giving it a full five stars is the rather dull middle section, which is significantly less interesing than the beginning and ending. The first 150 pages of the book are particularly unputdownable. All in all, this is a superb memoir and well-worth reading. I highly recommend it.
Fantastic! Funny, endearing and honest! If you weren't in love with Isaac Asimov before, you will be after reading this memoir! "I Asimov" made me laugh out loud. Sometimes I cried. But it also made me think about the nature of our lives, how we live each day and how we spend those days. He often refers to his personal quirks and cowardice, but what we read in these pages are not just the fingers of a lion, but also the heart. His gift for connecting with humanity holds up a mirror to the best in us.
There wasn't much new in this third "part" of Asimov's autobiography. But there didn't have to be. His writing may be straightforward and not "literary" but it nonetheless draws you on, page after page. Much of what he egotistically states could be considered the height of braggadocio. But who could fail to be entertained by writing like this: "Of course, the reader might argue that I was as stubborn in my viewpoint as they were in theirs. Yes, indeed, but I was right and they were wrong and that made the difference." Pure gold and funny as hell. He's the man!
I read this book in about two weeks (compatibly with my available time) meaning that the author is correct in writing that he has the ability to keep people reading his books without too many interruptions. Having written more than 400 books on topics as different as cosmology, biology, mathematics, history, and science fiction, Asimov was surely a remarkable and unique person. Many anecdotes of his life are described with great honesty and often with a touch of humor. An important message that emerges from his autobiography is that he wrote books for fun, not money. Also, I like when he writes that he is (was) a one-man enterprise, doing everything by himself and without the help of secretaries. His contribution is not limited to science fiction, where he is well known for the Foundation series and the Robot series, but also for many books on popular science. In my opinion, the Three Laws of Robotics represent the most remarkable contribution of Isaac Asimov's extraordinary career:
1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2) A robot must obey any 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.
It is likely that these laws will play an ever important role in the development of humanoid robots and artificial intelligence.
Sermak Light
As a fan of Asimov since I started reading SF back in the 50s, I loved this third part of his autobiography. Only last year did I sell the first two volumes at the local used-book store, somewhat sadly -- just to make some space on our shelves. With the Kindle, it was easy to buy "I, Asimov" to complete the trio. It was typical Isaac Asimov, written by a man with a large ego but who knew it and handled himself with humour and a certain amount of humility, ego or not. He knew who he was, and here allowed the reader to see himself, warts and all.

There are a number of errors in the book that make it appear that it was transcribed via OCR: "Hitler" is consistently rendered as 'Hider'; "title" as 'tide, and similar foul-ups. However, they won't take away from the reading for anyone who appreciates Asimov. (They certainly would have bothered him, though, as he was highly critical of his own proflific writing output!)

EDIT, September 27, 2010: I'm very pleased to state that this book has been edited for the errors noted in this earleir review of mine and reissued. Good work, publisher!
This third book is quite different than the first two. The first two volumes where like reading his diary. Very straight forward with an accounting of all his books to date. I've followed Isaac since I was 12 years old in 1958. I was ecstatic when his magazine started. I was a charter subscriber. This volume shows Isaac the human being. He was never too humble but in this volume he really opens himself up so the reader gets to meet the real Isaac Asimov.

If you've ever been a fan of Isaac, you must read this book.
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