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About the Author: Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (lacking only an entry in the 100s category of Philosophy).

Asimov is widely considered a master of the science-fiction genre and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, was considered one of the "Big Three" science-fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov's most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series, both of which he later tied into the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series to create a unified "future history" for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. He penned numerous short stories, among them "Nightfall", which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time, a title many still honor. He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.

Most of Asimov's popularized science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage. He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms. Examples include his Guide to Science, the three volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery.

Asimov was a long-time member and Vice President of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly; he described some members of that organization as "brain-proud and aggressive about their IQs" He took more joy in being president of the American Humanist Association. The asteroid 5020 Asimov, the magazine Asimov's Science Fiction, a Brooklyn, NY elementary school, and two different Isaac Asimov Awards are named in his honor.

Isaac Asimov. (2007, November 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:50, November 29, 2007, from

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ISBN10: 0006476473 | ISBN13: 9780006476474

Page count: 430

The first book of the planned definitive three-volume collection of short stories by the prolific Isaac Asimov, whose tales have delighted countless fans for over half a century--a must for every science fiction bookshelf. The series was discontinued after the second volume.

5 • The Dead Past • (1956) • novelette by Isaac Asimov
61 • The Foundation of S. F. Success • (1954) • poem by Isaac Asimov
63 • Franchise • (1955) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
83 • Gimmicks Three • (1956) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
91 • Kid Stuff • (1953) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
107 • The Watery Place • (1956) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
113 • Living Space • (1956) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
131 • The Message • (1956) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
133 • Satisfaction Guaranteed • [Susan Calvin (Robot)] • (1951) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
151 • Hell-Fire • (1956) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov (variant of Hell Fire)
153 • The Last Trump • (1955) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
173 • The Fun They Had • (1951) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
177 • Jokester • (1956) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
193 • The Immortal Bard • (1954) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
197 • Someday • (1956) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
209 • The Author's Ordeal • (1957) • poem by Isaac Asimov
213 • Dreaming Is a Private Thing • (1955) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
231 • Profession • (1957) • novella by Isaac Asimov
297 • The Feeling of Power • (1958) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
309 • The Dying Night • [Wendell Urth] • (1956) • novelette by Isaac Asimov
341 • I'm in Marsport Without Hilda • (1957) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
357 • The Gentle Vultures • (1957) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
377 • All the Troubles of the World • (1958) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
397 • Spell My Name with an S • (1958) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
415 • The Last Question • (1956) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov

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