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Title:
Conversations with Isaac Asimov
Author:
Asimov, Isaac, 1920-1992.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2005.
Physical Description:
xxvi, 170 pages ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Science fiction: the new mythology / Thomas D. Clareson -- Isaac Asimov: man of 7,560,000 words / Luis Nichols -- Untitled interview from Words and their masters / Israel Shenker -- A conversation with Isaac Asimov / Earl G. Ingersoll -- An interview with Isaac Asimov / James Gunn -- The Plowboy interview: Isaac Asimov-science, technology, and space! / Pat Stone -- Isaac Asimov / Darrell Schweitzer -- Science and American society / Fred Jerome -- A conversation with Isaac Asimov / Frank Kendig -- Isaac Asimov: modern-day Renaissance man / Joy Walsh -- The leading edge / Victor Serebriakoff -- From "Nightfall" to Dawn: Asimov as acrophobe / Alan C. Elms -- Isaac Asimov speaks / Bill Moyers -- Isaac Asimov interview / Irv Broughton -- Isaac Asimov, science fiction virtuoso, dies / Myrna Oliver.
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9781578067374

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Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), one of the most popular and influential American authors of the twentieth century, sparked the imagination of generations of writers. His Foundation trilogy paved the way for science fiction that was more speculative and philosophical than had been previously seen in the genre, and his book I, Robot and his story "The Bicentennial Man" have been made into popular movies. First published as a teenager in John W. Campbell's groundbreaking science fiction magazine Astounding , Asimov published over two hundred books during his lifetime.

While most prolific writers tend to concentrate almost exclusively on a single genre, Asimov was a polymath who wrote widely on a variety of subjects. He authored mysteries, autobiographies, histories, satires, companions to Shakespeare, children's books on science, and collections of bawdy limericks. A lifelong atheist, he nevertheless wrote more than a half dozen books on the Bible.

Asimov's varied interests establish him as a premier public intellectual, one who was frequently called upon to clarify debates in science, in history, and on the effects of technology on the modern age. Conversations with Isaac Asimov collects interviews with a man considered to be--along with Robert Heinlein, A. E. van Vogt, and Arthur C. Clarke--a founder of modern science fiction. Despite this, Asimov is perhaps best known for his many books of popular science writing. Carl Sagan once described Asimov as the greatest explainer of his age, and this talent made Asimov a natural for the interview form. His manner is always crisp and lucid, his tone always engaging, and his comments always enlightening.


Summary

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), one of the most popular and influential American authors of the twentieth century, sparked the imagination of generations of writers. His Foundation trilogy paved the way for science fiction that was more speculative and philosophical than had been previously seen in the genre, and his book I, Robot and his story "The Bicentennial Man" have been made into popular movies. First published as a teenager in John W. Campbell's groundbreaking science fiction magazine Astounding , Asimov published over two hundred books during his lifetime.

While most prolific writers tend to concentrate almost exclusively on a single genre, Asimov was a polymath who wrote widely on a variety of subjects. He authored mysteries, autobiographies, histories, satires, companions to Shakespeare, children's books on science, and collections of bawdy limericks. A lifelong atheist, he nevertheless wrote more than a half dozen books on the Bible.

Asimov's varied interests establish him as a premier public intellectual, one who was frequently called upon to clarify debates in science, in history, and on the effects of technology on the modern age. Conversations with Isaac Asimov collects interviews with a man considered to be--along with Robert Heinlein, A. E. van Vogt, and Arthur C. Clarke--a founder of modern science fiction. Despite this, Asimov is perhaps best known for his many books of popular science writing. Carl Sagan once described Asimov as the greatest explainer of his age, and this talent made Asimov a natural for the interview form. His manner is always crisp and lucid, his tone always engaging, and his comments always enlightening.


Author Notes

Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia, on January 2, 1920. His family emigrated to the United States in 1923 and settled in Brooklyn, New York, where they owned and operated a candy store. Asimov became a naturalized U.S. citizen at the age of eight. As a youngster he discovered his talent for writing, producing his first original fiction at the age of eleven. He went on to become one of the world's most prolific writers, publishing nearly 500 books in his lifetime.

Asimov was not only a writer; he also was a biochemist and an educator. He studied chemistry at Columbia University, earning a B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. In 1951, Asimov accepted a position as an instructor of biochemistry at Boston University's School of Medicine even though he had no practical experience in the field. His exceptional intelligence enabled him to master new systems rapidly, and he soon became a successful and distinguished professor at Columbia and even co-authored a biochemistry textbook within a few years.

Asimov won numerous awards and honors for his books and stories, and he is considered to be a leading writer of the Golden Age of science fiction. While he did not invent science fiction, he helped to legitimize it by adding the narrative structure that had been missing from the traditional science fiction books of the period. He also introduced several innovative concepts, including the thematic concern for technological progress and its impact on humanity.

Asimov is probably best known for his Foundation series, which includes Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. In 1966, this trilogy won the Hugo award for best all-time science fiction series. In 1983, Asimov wrote an additional Foundation novel, Foundation's Edge, which won the Hugo for best novel of that year. Asimov also wrote a series of robot books that included I, Robot, and eventually he tied the two series together. He won three additional Hugos, including one awarded posthumously for the best non-fiction book of 1995, I. Asimov. "Nightfall" was chosen the best science fiction story of all time by the Science Fiction Writers of America.

In 1979, Asimov wrote his autobiography, In Memory Yet Green. He continued writing until just a few years before his death from heart and kidney failure on April 6, 1992.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia, on January 2, 1920. His family emigrated to the United States in 1923 and settled in Brooklyn, New York, where they owned and operated a candy store. Asimov became a naturalized U.S. citizen at the age of eight. As a youngster he discovered his talent for writing, producing his first original fiction at the age of eleven. He went on to become one of the world's most prolific writers, publishing nearly 500 books in his lifetime.

Asimov was not only a writer; he also was a biochemist and an educator. He studied chemistry at Columbia University, earning a B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. In 1951, Asimov accepted a position as an instructor of biochemistry at Boston University's School of Medicine even though he had no practical experience in the field. His exceptional intelligence enabled him to master new systems rapidly, and he soon became a successful and distinguished professor at Columbia and even co-authored a biochemistry textbook within a few years.

Asimov won numerous awards and honors for his books and stories, and he is considered to be a leading writer of the Golden Age of science fiction. While he did not invent science fiction, he helped to legitimize it by adding the narrative structure that had been missing from the traditional science fiction books of the period. He also introduced several innovative concepts, including the thematic concern for technological progress and its impact on humanity.

Asimov is probably best known for his Foundation series, which includes Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. In 1966, this trilogy won the Hugo award for best all-time science fiction series. In 1983, Asimov wrote an additional Foundation novel, Foundation's Edge, which won the Hugo for best novel of that year. Asimov also wrote a series of robot books that included I, Robot, and eventually he tied the two series together. He won three additional Hugos, including one awarded posthumously for the best non-fiction book of 1995, I. Asimov. "Nightfall" was chosen the best science fiction story of all time by the Science Fiction Writers of America.

In 1979, Asimov wrote his autobiography, In Memory Yet Green. He continued writing until just a few years before his death from heart and kidney failure on April 6, 1992.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

What with a successful recent film of his classic I Robot (1950) and his Foundation series being taught in university literature classes, Isaac Asimov remains popular more than a decade after his death. As editor Freedman reminds us, Asimov was one of the most prolific authors of his generation, with more than 400 volumes of fiction and nonfiction to his name. Yet he was loath to abandon his typewriter for interviews, so that this assortment of rarely reprinted dialogues with the sf grandmaster, dating from 1968 to 1990, constitutes something special for his fans. Asimov's questioners include such well-known figures as sf editor James Gunn and PBS stalwart Bill Moyers, and their interviews originally appeared in publications as diverse as Science Fiction Voices and Psychology Today. Topics range from Asimov's perspective on his classic novels to the state of contemporary sf to his insights on technology's precarious future. An indispensable addition to every Asimov collection. --Carl Hays Copyright 2005 Booklist


Booklist Review

What with a successful recent film of his classic I Robot (1950) and his Foundation series being taught in university literature classes, Isaac Asimov remains popular more than a decade after his death. As editor Freedman reminds us, Asimov was one of the most prolific authors of his generation, with more than 400 volumes of fiction and nonfiction to his name. Yet he was loath to abandon his typewriter for interviews, so that this assortment of rarely reprinted dialogues with the sf grandmaster, dating from 1968 to 1990, constitutes something special for his fans. Asimov's questioners include such well-known figures as sf editor James Gunn and PBS stalwart Bill Moyers, and their interviews originally appeared in publications as diverse as Science Fiction Voices and Psychology Today. Topics range from Asimov's perspective on his classic novels to the state of contemporary sf to his insights on technology's precarious future. An indispensable addition to every Asimov collection. --Carl Hays Copyright 2005 Booklist


Table of Contents

Thomas D. ClaresonLewis NicholsIsrael ShenkerEarl G. IngersollJames GunnPat StoneDarrell SchweitzerFred JeromeFrank KendigJoy WalshVictor SerebriakoffAlan C. ElmsBill MoyersIrv BroughtonMyrna OliverThomas D. ClaresonLewis NicholsIsrael ShenkerEarl G. IngersollJames GunnPat StoneDarrell SchweitzerFred JeromeFrank KendigJoy WalshVictor SerebriakoffAlan C. ElmsBill MoyersIrv BroughtonMyrna Oliver
Introductionp. vii
Chronologyp. xix
Books by Isaac Asimovp. xxi
Science Fiction: The New Mythologyp. 3
Isaac Asimov: Man of 7,560,000 Wordsp. 14
Untitled Interview from Words and Their Mastersp. 18
A Conversation with Isaac Asimovp. 21
An Interview with Isaac Asimovp. 34
The Plowboy Interview: Isaac Asimov-Science, Technology ... and Space!p. 56
Isaac Asimovp. 74
Science and American Societyp. 85
A Conversation with Isaac Asimovp. 95
Isaac Asimov: Modern-Day Renaissance Manp. 105
The Leading Edgep. 108
From "Nightfall" to Dawn: Asimov as Acrophobep. 120
Isaac Asimov Speaksp. 130
Isaac Asimov Interviewp. 146
Isaac Asimov, Science Fiction Virtuoso, Diesp. 163
Indexp. 167
Introductionp. vii
Chronologyp. xix
Books by Isaac Asimovp. xxi
Science Fiction: The New Mythologyp. 3
Isaac Asimov: Man of 7,560,000 Wordsp. 14
Untitled Interview from Words and Their Mastersp. 18
A Conversation with Isaac Asimovp. 21
An Interview with Isaac Asimovp. 34
The Plowboy Interview: Isaac Asimov-Science, Technology ... and Space!p. 56
Isaac Asimovp. 74
Science and American Societyp. 85
A Conversation with Isaac Asimovp. 95
Isaac Asimov: Modern-Day Renaissance Manp. 105
The Leading Edgep. 108
From "Nightfall" to Dawn: Asimov as Acrophobep. 120
Isaac Asimov Speaksp. 130
Isaac Asimov Interviewp. 146
Isaac Asimov, Science Fiction Virtuoso, Diesp. 163
Indexp. 167