Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

The popular science fiction writer Isaac Asimov was born in January 1920 in Russia. His parents were millers and, being Jews, lived in the Petrovichi shtetl of Smolensk Oblast. When Asimov was just a toddler of three, the family immigrated to Brooklyn, New York, where they set up a general store. He grew up speaking English and Yiddish fluently, as was an avid reader from a young age, having taught himself when he was five years old. Asimov began reading science fiction magazines and writing his own stories, which he was able to sell to other magazines. As far as education, he did both his undergraduate and graduate work at Columbia University, where he obtained his Ph.D in biochemistry, and then went on to a tenured professorship at Boston University.

Asimov discovered that his writing brought in more income than his academic career, so he set his sights on a career as a writer, which met with great success. Being talented at both writing and science, Asimov created a niche for himself in the world of science fiction. He began with short stories and novels, as a sort of 'first half' of his work in the genre, the second half of which began in the 1980s. He wrote three popular sci-fi series--Foundation, Galactic Empire, and Robot--as well as mystery and fantasy stories. He is noted for his straightforward literary style (some may call it 'dry'), and also for his charming characters. Asimov also authored some non-fiction, including a biochemistry textbook, some very popular history books (The Greeks: A Great Adventure, among others), and Asimov's Guide to the Bible. Altogether his work amounts to a staggering 463 diverse pieces of literature.

As for his personal life, Asimov was married twice, first to Gertrude Blugerman in 1242. They had two children and were married until 1973, and shortly after their divorce Asimov married Janet Jeppson. He was not physically very active, but enjoyed traveling and was often invited to give science talks on cruise ships, to the entertainment of many. Asimov was among the foremost members of the Baker Street Irregulars, and served as president of the American Humanist Association for nearly a decade until his death in 1992. Humanism was something that he deeply espoused. His family was Jewish, but the faith and traditions of Orthodox Judaism were not instilled in him, and he found humanism, progressive politics, and a rational approach to the world much more compelling. This is evidenced in his Guide to the Bible, which is very historical and non-religious in its explanation of Scripture.

Isaac Asimov died of AIDS, which he had contracted through blood transfusion, in 1992. His works, whether sci-fi, historic, or non-fiction, are still widely read, and film versions of some of them have also appeared, such as I, Robot and Bicentennial Man.

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Ancient Astronomy
Isaac Asimov's Library of the Universe
by Isaac Asimov
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Asimov's Foundation Trilogy
by Isaac Asimov
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Asimov's Foundation Trilogy
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Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare
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Asimov's New Guide to Science
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Asteroids
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Astronomy Today
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Colonizing the Planets and Stars
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Comets and Meteors
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Did Comets Kill the Dinosaurs?
by Isaac Asimov
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Earth's Moon
by Isaac Asimov
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Earth: Our Home Base
by Isaac Asimov
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Foundation
Foundation Trilogy #1
by Isaac Asimov
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Foundation and Empire
Foundation Trilogy #2
by Isaac Asimov
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Future in Space
Isaac Asimov's Library of the Universe
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How Do Airplanes Fly?
Ask Isaac Asimov
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How Was the Universe Born?
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Human Body: Its Structure and Operation
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I, Robot
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Jupiter: The Spotted Giant
by Isaac Asimov
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Mars: Our Mysterious Neighbor
by Isaac Asimov
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Mercury: The Quick Planet
by Isaac Asimov
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Mysterious Island
Signet Classics
by Jules Verne
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Mythology and the Universe
by Isaac Asimov
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Our Milky Way and Other Galaxies
by Isaac Asimov
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Our Planet Earth
Isaac Asimov's New Library of the Universe
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Past and Present Space Junk
Isaac Asimov's 21st Century Library of the Universe
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Piloted Space Flights
Isaac Asimov's Library of the Universe
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Pluto: A Double Planet?
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Quasars, Pulsars, & Black Holes
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Rockets, Probes, & Satellites
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Saturn: The Ringed Beauty
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Science Fiction, Science Fact
by Isaac Asimov
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Second Foundation
Foundation Trilogy #3
by Isaac Asimov
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Space Garbage
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Space Spotter's Guide
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The Sun
Isaac Asimov's Library of the Universe
by Isaac Asimov
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Unidentified Flying Objects
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Uranus: The Sideways Planet
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