Isaac Asimov

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Isaac Asimov is one of the most well known of science fiction writers as well as one of the worlds most prolific writers of any genre. Isaac was born to Anna and Judah Asimov on January 2nd, 1920 (White 3), in the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, which was a a short-lived republic that formed after World War 1. He later emigrated to Brooklyn, New York, with his family when he was only three years old (White 7). While living in Brooklyn, Isaac taught himself to read English before he was five years old, but retained his ability to speak Yiddish. Isaac Asimov's work has shaped science fiction writing into what it is today. Asimov first gained an interest in science fiction through five-cent pulp magazines in the candy store his parents owned and operated. Due to his parents determination that the pulp magazines distracted him from his school-work, Isaac was forced to ferret them away and read them in secret. His interest in these stories grew over the years, and he was later able to convince his parents that the magazines were good as they contained "Science" in their names (White 10). Throughout his childhood and early adulthood, Asimov dabbled in writing, but considered his work inferior and never finished nor submitted his early work. At the age of nineteen, Isaac submitted his first story to science fiction magazines, marking the beginning of his fruitful writing career. Over the years, Asimov produced over 500 novels and short stories. (Seiler) His most notable works are "Nightfall", The Foundation Trilogy (later to have two more books added), and the Robot series. The Foundation series is based around a collapsing empire and the creation of The Foundation, a small isolated planet that contains the extent o... ... middle of paper ... ... “mechanics.” (White 55) Asimov unfortunately died on April 6th, 1992 in New York, New York of AIDS complications stemming from an infected blood transfusion during a triple bypass in December of 1983. He is viewed today as one of the fathers of modern science fiction and one of the key players in shaping it from a bunch of silly stories into a more serious genre. In the words of Harlan Ellison: “Isaac Asimov had writer's block once. It was the worst ten minutes of his life.” Today, Asimov is viewed among the ranks of master writers such as Philip K. Dick, George Orwell, and Michael Crichton. Works Cited Asimov, Isaac. Foundation. New York: Random House, 1979. Print. Seiler, Edward. "Isaac Asimov FAQ." Isaac Asimov Home Page. 20 Sep 2009. Web. 29 Jan 2010. . White, Michael. Isaac Asimov. Da Capo Press, 2005. Digital.

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