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About the Author
Isaac Asimov began his Foundation series at the age of 21, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned over 400 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas. Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decades, until he died, at the age of 72, in April 1992.
Date of Birth:January 20, 1920
Date of Death:April 6, 1992
Place of Birth:Petrovichi, Russia
Place of Death:New York, New York
Education:Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories is a collection of eleven Asimov stories. Two of these stories are top notch: The Bicentennial Man (later made into a very mediocre movie that loosely followed the story), and The Life and Times of Multivac, which is probably Asimov's most widely read story due to the fact that it was originally published in New York Times Magazine.Most of the other stories are not nearly as good as those two, and the bulk of them were written to order for various outlets. The most interesting thing about many of the stories in this collection is the commentary provided by Asimov concerning the commissioning of several of the works. Placed in conjunction with the stories, I found it fascinating to see how he took odd requests for stories about a specific subject, and transformed them into a finished product.While this collection is not up the standards set by Asimov's best compilations, it is still better than average. Several of the stories develop the underpinnings of the Three Laws of Robotics in interesting ways, and the others are all decent tales as well.
Bicentennial Man is both a thoughtful and moving story of discovery and love. We watch Andrew grow through the throng of life and its' many pains and pleasures. A journey not so unlike our own. One of Assivo's best.