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Fact and Fancy

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Gareth Stevens is proud to present a completely updated and revised edition of our highly acclaimed Iassc Asimov's New Library of the Universe. A re-worked text throughout relects the latest discoveries and theories, and the most up-to-the-minute new photographs bring these volumes into the 21st century while mintaining the authority and accessibilty of the original. Asimo ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 28th 1972 by Avon Books (Discus) (first published 1958)
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Not a bad bunch of essays. Given the huge leaps in scientific progress since these were written, you might think a lot of what he writes is dated, but as far as I can tell, a lot of it still holds.

I do have to wonder, though, why he bothered with some of it. When I began this book, I was under the impression that he was going to take scientific principles and apply them to speculative concepts, possibly in the form of fiction. What we get instead (mostly toward the beginning of the book) are fa
Please see my review of X Stands for Unknown for general comments on Isaac Asimov's science essays.

Fact and Fancy is a collection of sixteen essays written by Issac Asimov for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction between December 1958 and October 1960, plus one article ("Our Lonely Planet") that appeared in Astounding Science Fiction in November 1958. The collection is loosely organized into four sections: The Earth and Away, The Solar System, The Universe and The Human Mind. (The Wikiped
I've gotten caught up in Asimov's enthusiasm about space and space exploration from the late fifties. Asimov projects the excitement over the endless possibilities of scientific discovery of his time, when the rush of innovation that we take for granted today was just getting started, and when the popular focus was on outward vs. inward looking exploration.

In addition to providing a lot of interesting information about the solar system, he goes into planetary ecology, including the prescient sp
Don Murphy
The first few essays are just tough, tough reads. The man's smart, there's no doubt about that. Maybe a little too smart. Golly, he's smart. He says words that are big. And smart.
However, as the essays progress (and they do build on one another), they get more humanistic and easier to digest. The second section of essays are rather interesting - wondering about the outer planets, what we would see in a dual-star system, etc. The most interesting essay is 15: Those Crazy Ideas. He explores where
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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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