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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.

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ISBN10: 0006480160 | ISBN13: 9780006480167

Page count: 464

The second volume in an extraordinary collection published shortly after the author's death. In these twenty-three stories, Asimov's vivid awareness of the potential of technology is translated into human dilemmas. The definitive collection of short fiction by Isaac Asimov, supreme master of the science fiction genre continues with Volume Two of the Complete Stories. The Good Doctor was always ahead of his time and his work stands today as the clearest expression of our collective hopes and fears for the future. But the ever-expanding popularity of his stories with young and old readers alike is explained by their wit, zest and human interest. Within this volume are stories often voted among the best science fiction stories of all time. In these stories Asimov's vivid awareness of the potential of technology is translated into human dilemmas that are more relevant today than ever before.
Contents:

7 • The Ugly Little Boy • (1958) • novelette by Isaac Asimov (variant of Lastborn)
55 • Nightfall • (1941) • novelette by Isaac Asimov
97 • Green Patches • (1950) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
115 • Hostess • (1951) • novelette by Isaac Asimov
163 • "Breeds There a Man . . . ?" • (1951) • novelette by Isaac Asimov (variant of Breeds There a Man . . . ?)
207 • C-Chute • (1951) • novelette by Isaac Asimov (variant of The C-Chute)
251 • "In a Good Cause—" • (1951) • novelette by Isaac Asimov
281 • What If— • (1952) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov (variant of What If . . .)
297 • Sally • (1953) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
319 • Flies • (1953) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
327 • "Nobody Here But—" • (1953) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov (variant of Nobody Here But—)
341 • It's Such a Beautiful Day • (1955) • novelette by Isaac Asimov
369 • Strikebreaker • (1957) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
385 • Insert Knob A in Hole B • (1957) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
387 • The Up-to-Date Sorcerer • (1958) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
405 • Unto the Fourth Generation • (1959) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
415 • What Is This Thing Called Love? • (1961) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
431 • The Machine That Won the War • (1961) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
439 • My Son, the Physicist • (1962) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov (variant of My Son, the Physicist!)
445 • Eyes Do More Than See • (1965) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
449 • Segregationist • (1967) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
457 • I Just Make Them Up, See! • (1958) • poem by Isaac Asimov
461 • Rejection Slips • (1959) • poem by Isaac Asimov

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