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Yours, Isaac Asimov: A Lifetime of Letters

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Isaac Asimov was one of the most prolific authors of our time. When he died in 1992 at the age of seventy-two, he had published more than 470 books in nearly every category of fiction and nonfiction. Asimov was a prodigious correspondent as well as a prolific author. During his professional career he received more than one hundred thousand letters, over ninety thousand of ...more
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Doubleday (first published 1995)
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Nisah Haron
Jul 12, 2010 Nisah Haron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all writer's & writers-to-be
Recommended to Nisah by: Juliana Es
Frankly, I have only heard of Asimov and never read any of his science fiction work. (I read fantasy and not much s.f.). This book is so delightful as I love any book that would reveal the writing process of a writer (be it the whole process or partly thereof).

Asimov is definitely witty, and this explains why this book is funny and yet contains a lot of wisdom as well as good writing tips for a writer like me. I envy his speed of typing (90-words-per-minute on a manual typewriter!). I can only
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Magda
I was sad to find out his views on certain things, but still able to enjoy his funny stories, jokes, and self-references.
Juliana Es
A delightful compilation of letters. I really enjoy reading them, and may read the letters again and again for inspiration.
Jason
Nov 06, 2007 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a total delight. Shortly after Isaac Asimov died his brother Stanley began sorting through his exorbitant amount of personal correspondence. Asimov had thousands upon thousands of letters he had donated to his archives at Boston University. Well it took Stanley nearly two years to read through them but he has produced some true gems for our personal enjoyment.

The book itself is divided into segments or headings, which contain letters dealing with the heading's subject. For instance
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Phil
Feb 11, 2012 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Isaac Asimov was the most prolific writer of all time. That is no more clearly seen that in his letters, which in addition to his 500 or so books, thousands of essays, number in the tens of thousands. His brother, Stanley, does a great job in sifting through, condensing, and presenting just a small portion of that verbose correspondence for the perusal of the casual reader. Not only does one acquire a feeling for the real, unassuming persona of Isaac Asimov, but one also understands what was imp ...more
Denis
Jul 06, 2014 Denis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a great insight to Asimov's life. A friend of mine had a friend who was a huge fan of Asimov. He happened to be in New York (late eighties/early nineties) and had the gumption to go to Asimov's address and ask the security guy there to speak to his idol. The man said he would ask. To my his surprise, Asimov agreed to come down and meet him in the lobby. They then spoke for about twenty minutes. Cool or cool?

This book of compiled letters written to Asimov shows exactly the sort of attent
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Danielle
Sep 19, 2016 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was wonderful, so great! I am glad Isaac Asimov's brother decided to put together some of his letters! It gives such an unique and charming view into Asimov's life, personality, and work. I love Asimov! He was such an adorkable guy, so unabashedly himself and had a larger than life personality. I am amazed continually by how much CONTENT he produced during his life, how driven and absolutely tethered to writing he was. Death itself almost couldn't stop him! He was writing up until the ...more
Joshua
Dec 05, 2012 Joshua rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I walked into a little bookstore in northern Vermont and saw a bin labelled "Free Books." How could I resist? I wasn't expecting much but then the unmistakable sideburns caught my eye. Beneath the cover photo it read "Bound Galley - Not For Sale" "An Uncorrected Proof" What a find! This will sit on the edge of the vanity in the bathroom. A place of honor in our home. It will take months to read letter by letter.
Jay Gabler
Strictly for the trufan, and that would be me. The fact that Asimov's brother edited his letters down to little nubs of substance makes for convenient organization and easy reading, but it does seem odd that there are virtually no complete letters in this collection. Another quibble: since the collection only really starts in Asimov's 40s, after he started donating his papers to BU, it's hardly the "lifetime of letters" promised by the subtitle. Still, I enjoyed it.
Mike
Oct 04, 2012 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit dry, but interesting. A collection of correspondence between Asimov and his fans, and some famous people too. this helps to give you a glimpse of the kind of man he was.
Amber
May 06, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My only complaint is that there wasn't more. Asimov is such a joy to read and I thank his brother for this lovely work.
Will Slade
Jun 16, 2011 Will Slade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm biased. I like Asimov's nonfiction a lot. What was surprising was that I found him a very positive example. Cocky-funny, even. A keeper.
Alan Mendelsohn
Oct 20, 2014 Alan Mendelsohn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent close up view of the Good Doctor's life
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really only for hardcore asimovians, and after you've read the other biogs...
Sharen
Jul 30, 2011 Sharen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting peek into Asimov's mind. Recommended for any Asimov fan.
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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 te
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