I, Asimov: A Memoir

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Following a career quantified by his more than 470 books on topics as diverse as Shakespeare, interplanetary conquest, and artificial intelligence, Isaac Asimov has posthumously gifted readers with a rich collection of essays, remembrances, and anecdotes that capture the great humor, bonhomie, and unceasing vision of his life and work. Photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although larded with thin filler material, Asimov's uneven posthumous autobiography also contains some of his liveliest, most incisive writing. The prolific SF novelist and nonfiction author, who died in 1992, discusses working in his father's candy store during the Depression, his unhappy first marriage and bitter divorce, his fulfilling second marriage and his dislike of children, which did not inhibit him from fathering a son and a daughter. We also learn of Asimov's fear of high places, his claustrophilia his penchant for enclosed, artificially lit places, his compulsion to be prolific and the heart disease of his final years. Filled with cameos of well-known science fiction writers and editors, the narrative is peppered with Asimov's freewheeling thoughts on the Bible, teenagers, Sherlock Holmes, death, censorship and much else. Fans will enjoy his entertaining conversational mix of puckish humor, verve and self-revelation. Photos not seen by PW. Apr.
Library Journal
In this posthumous memoir, Asimov looks back over his life and discusses issues he rarely considered before, like love, religion, and life after death.
Roland Green
Asimov's last gathering of autobiographical writings is more a series of personal essays than a connected narrative. He discusses a wide range of topics (some more useful than others) that includes science, society, his literary colleagues, and religion. As in the past, he is not averse to blowing his own horn or stating opinions that will make some grind their teeth. This said, it must also be stated that the book is a valuable primary source on a half century of American science fiction and an engaging last hurrah by a man of many achievements who, in the last analysis, used his considerable gifts to diminish rather than add to the amount of nonsense in the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553569971
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 311,305
  • Product dimensions: 4.27 (w) x 6.93 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov
The godfather of science fiction, Isaac Asimov is the genre’s undisputed master and one of the most prolific authors of all time. From his famous Foundation trilogy to his later stories, Asimov took fiction to new, strange, and often wondrous places.

Biography

To list Isaac Asimov's honors, as to list his books, would be excessive. Let it simply be noted that Isaac Asimov was the most famous, most honored, most widely read, and most beloved science fiction author of all time. In his five decades as an author, he wrote more than four hundred books, won every award his readers and colleagues could contrive to give him, and provided pleasure and insight to millions. He died in 1992, still at work.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      January 20, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Petrovichi, Russia
    1. Date of Death:
      April 6, 1992
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    A totally wonderful read

    I have loved Isaac Asimov books since I read "Pebble in The Sky" Years ago. Then I read the Foundation Books and was hooked. When my husband got me my Nook..he said I could choose a book to buy to figure out how to use the system. This is the book I bought and I love it. He writes like he is talking to an old friend. Conversationally, and in an amusing and at times incredibly touching manner. It is amazing how much this man wrote and Science Fiction is a small part.

    This book also covers the history of Science fiction through the great Authors Asimov knew and spent time with.

    I would say this is a must read for anyone who has read his work and a book to be read again...with laughter and tears.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2007

    Simple Yet Gripping

    He talks of the most mundane day to day things and I strongly believe that if someone other than he tried to talk of such things, we would have definitely put down the book on the first page itself! His life is simple and yet he is able to talk about his simple life in simple words and yet keep us glued to the book, enjoying every single event or moment he talks of.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    If you want to know Asimov...

    Asimov's nonfiction is nothing short of spectacular, especially when he's writing on the subject he knows best, his life. Anyone who missed knowing about him while he was alive can capture a glimpse of the man he was, his humor, his intuitive mind, his failures, and his successes. This is a fabulous read by an author who can captivate almost any audience!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2011

    Stop what you are doing and read this book

    I grew up reading Asimov - every book I could get my hands on. I was never disappointed. There's nothing quite as wonderful as discovering the depth, complexity and brilliance of his amazing brain. To swim in the thoughts of his mind is such an expanding experience. I do believe it actually makes you smarter. I so enjoyed reading Asimov's life as he saw it. It feels as if he is talking directly to YOU. He addressed his readers as "Gentle Reader" and you feel so comfortable in the virtual sofa chair he constructs with mere words. Asimov is his usual candid self even when discussing personal topics that others might shy away from. His deceptively 'simple' style is anything but as he introduces complex ideas. You will like this.

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  • Posted February 12, 2010

    Great Subject Matter...but

    A good read marred by horrid typographical errors. Apparently, whoever proofs for B&N or Random House is sadly,not capable of functioning at even a rudimentary level of job performance.

    Not only are the errors numerous, they are also repetitive (on some pages the same misspelled/misprinted words occur 3 to 5 times). I would suggest finding a different vendor for your OCR software and hiring someone that is functionally literate to double check the product before it is released.
    As it stands now, if it were my company, I would be embarrassed to have something like this on public view.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Please proofread these nook books better

    Asimov would be appalled by the typo's.

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