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Isaac Asimov FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Isaac Asimov.

This FAQ about Isaac Asimov was compiled and written by Edward J. Seiler ejseiler@earthlink.net and John H. Jenkins jenkins@mac.com with numerous contributions by others.

-1.1 Just how many books did Asimov write?
Short answer:...
-1.2 Where can I get a list of all of Asimov's books? Is there a WWW or FTP site for this information?
Asimov published lists of his books periodically throughout his life, ...
-1.3 Where can I download Asimov's fiction on the net?
All of Asimov's work, fiction and non-fiction, was under copyright at ...
-1.4 Where else can I find Asimov stuff on the net?
Following is a list of some Internet sites containing Asimov related material....
-1.5 I would like to buy a certain book by Asimov, but I can't find it anywhere. Can you help me find it?
If the book is in print, you can probably have your local bookstore ...
-2.1 How do you pronounce "Isaac Asimov"?
EYE'zik AA'zi-mov. AA'zi-mof is also OK. The name is spelled with ...
-2.2 Is Asimov really dead? When did he die? Where is he buried?
Asimov died on April 6, 1992 of heart and kidney failure. His body ...
-2.3 When and where was he born? (Isaac Asimov)
Asimov was born (officially) January 2, 1920, in the town of ...
-2.4 Who are the other members of his family? (Isaac Asimov)
He was the son of Judah Asimov (1896-1969) and Anna Rachel Berman ...
-2.5 Was he married? Did he have any children? (Isaac Asimov)
Asimov met Gertrude Blugerman on a blind date on Valentine's Day, 1942,...
-2.6 Where did Isaac Asimov live, attend school, and work during his life?
When the Asimov family came to the United States in 1923, they moved ...
-2.7 What are the titles of Isaac Asimov's autobiographies? Where can I get them?
In Memory Yet Green covers the period from 1920-1954. ...
-2.8 What books about Isaac Asimov have been written by others?
Books:
-2.8 What Articles about Isaac Asimov have been written by others?
-2.9 What religious beliefs did Isaac Asimov have?
Asimov had no religious beliefs; he never believed in either God or ...
-2.10 Did Isaac Asimov do anything other than write all day and all night?
Although famous for writing over eight hours a day, seven days a week,...
-2.11 Is it true that Isaac Asimov had a fear of flying?
Yes, the same author who described spaceflights to other worlds and ...
-2.12 What other notable quirks, fears, and pet peeves did Isaac Asimov have?
Asimov was a teetotaler in later life, mainly because in all of ...
-3.1 When did he start writing? (Isaac Asimov)
When he was eleven years old he began ...
-3.2 What was his first published story? (Isaac Asimov)
After John Campbell, editor of Astounding Science Fiction, rejected ...
-3.3 What awards did he win for his writing? (Isaac Asimov)
Asimov was presented a special Hugo award in 1963 for adding science ...
-3.4 What is Isaac Asimov's last book?
Asimov's publishers have on more than one occasion published the ...
-3.5 Of his own work, what were Isaac Asimov's favorite and least favorite novels? What were his favorite and least favorite stories?
Asimov's favorite novel was The Gods Themselves , largely because of ...
-4.1 What is this "Forward the Foundation" I keep hearing about?
Forward the Foundation is the last-written of the Foundation books. ...
-4.2 Did Isaac Asimov really write Forward the Foundation ? Didn'the die before it was done, so somebody else really wrote it up fromnotes?
Yes, Asimov really wrote all of Forward the Foundation ....
-4.3 What about the contradictions between "Forward the Foundation" andother Foundation books?
The whole Foundation series is rife with contradictions. There are ...
-4.4 Is it true that a new Foundation Trilogy written by threedifferent authors was published? How could the publisher be allowed todo such a thing?
Yes, The Second Foundation Trilogy was published by HarperPrism. ...
-4.5 What is the chronological order of the Foundation books? (Isaac Asimov)
In the Author's Note at the beginning of Prelude to Foundation , Asimov says:...
-4.6 What is the order in which the Foundation books should be read? (Isaac Asimov)
There are actually three answers to this question....
-4.7 Foundation and Earth ? What book is that? Why can't I find it onsale in a bookstore?
Foundation and Earth was published by Doubleday in 1986, and a ...
-4.8 Whatever happened to the Solarians, who mysteriously disappearedin Robots and Empire ?
The fate of the Solarians is explained in Foundation and Earth ....
-4.9 What is the significance of the ending of Foundation and Earth ?
Foundation and Earth ends with a hook for a sequel -- the main ...
-4.10 Why do Asimov's books give two reasons why the Earth becomes radioactive?
Asimov introduced the idea of the Earth becoming radioactive ...
-4.11 Did Asimov write the Foundation books with any plan in mind?
No.
-4.12 Is Data from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" an Asimovian robot?
The television program Star Trek: The Next Generation included ...
-4.13 What are the Laws of Robotics, anyway?
The Three Laws of Robotics are:...
-5.1 What is the relationship between the movie "Fantastic Voyage" andAsimov's novel?
Asimov wrote the novel from the screenplay. He made a certain number ...
-5.2 What did Asimov write besides the Foundation and robot books?
Lots. Asimov published over 500 books by the time of his death. Many ...
-5.3 What is the source of the title of the novel The Gods Themselves ?
The title is obtained from the quote Against stupidity, the ...
-5.4 Is there an index of his science articles for the Magazine ofFantasy and Science Fiction (F&SF)? Of his editorials in IsaacAsimov's Science Fiction Magazine (IASFM)?
Asimov compiled a list of his F&SF essays on the occasion of the ...
-5.5 What is the Asimov-Clarke treaty?
The Asimov-Clarke Treaty of Park Avenue, put together as Asimov and ...
-5.6 There's this really neat story by Isaac Asimov which I would like toread again, and I can remember the title; could you tell me where tofind it?
If you correctly remembered the title, and Asimov did in fact write ...
-5.7 There's this really neat story by Isaac Asimov, but I can't remember the title...
The story is probably The Last Question. It can be found in a number ...
-5.8 I'd like to hear some opinions about some of Isaac Asimov's books. Do you have any?
Certainly opinions of Asimov's books are a favorite topic of discussion ...
-5.9 What is the title of the essay that Isaac Asimov wrote concerning the ultimate self-contained, portable, high-tech reading device of the future which turns out to be a book? Where can I find it?
The title of the essay is The Ancient and the Ultimate. It was ...
-5.10 In his story "Pate de Foie Gras", Isaac Asimov presented a puzzle, but did not provide a solution to that puzzle...
...He stated that some people wrote ...
-5.11 Did you know that Isaac Asimov is the only author to have published books in all ten categories of the Dewey Decimal System?
No, because that claim is not true, despite the fact that it is ...
-6.1 Records And Audio Tapes (Isaac Asimov)
Asimov - Science Fiction , read by Isaac Asimov, Caedmon, New York,...
-6.1 Videotapes (Isaac Asimov)
Analog Presents: Isaac Asimov Visions of the Future , Quality Video,...
-6.1 Computer Software (Isaac Asimov)
The Complete Stories Volume 1, a Voyager Expanded Book, The ...
-6.1 Board Games (Isaac Asimov)
Isaac Asimov Presents Star Traders , Steve Jackson games....
-6.2.1 Have any of Isaac Asimov's books or stories been made into atelevision series?
-6.2.2 Have any of Isaac Asimov's books or stories been made into a movie?
-6.2.1 Have any of Isaac Asimov's books or stories been made into atelevision series?









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