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I. Asimov (The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov #3)

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Arguably the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived, Isaac Asimov also possessed one of the most brilliant and original minds of our time. His accessible style and far-reaching interests in subjects ranging from science to humor to history earned him the nickname "the Great Explainer." I. Asimov is his personal story—vivid, open, and honest—as only Asimov himself c ...more
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Published January 1st 1995 by Bantam (first published 1994)
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Sheila
Oct 28, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, owned
I just like myself, that's all, and there's nothing wrong with that. - Isaac Asimov


Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American science-fiction and non-fiction writer, who described himself as a technological optimist, writing books that tend to celebrate the triumphs of technology rather than its disaster. He is famous for his award-winning short story The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories. He also wrote I, Robot and the Foundation series, all of which I haven't read. Perhaps, I'll never be able
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Dimitri
Aug 08, 2016 Dimitri rated it really liked it
One of the best things about Asimov's story collections has always been his bio ditties. By the time I discovered his positronic universe (age 12, 1997) , the great man had already departed, but he was considerate enough to publish a full autobiography, recapitulating the decades of In Memory Yet Green and In Joy Still Felt before moving onto his twilight years.
It is not quite a replacement for the individual anecdotes that accompany his stories; the discussion on his work is not detailed e
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Robert Lomas
May 05, 2012 Robert Lomas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-stuff
I have long been a fan of Asimov's science fiction and have also enjoyed his non-fiction. He has a clear and deceptively simple style of writing which is appealing and engaging which keeps you turning the pages.
This is one of the last books he wrote and it is wonderful roller-coaster of a read. Asimov tells the story of his life as it was. He makes no bones about not liking to travel and how his hard working childhood gave him a work ethic which never failed until he died.
This book, however, is
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Xan
Aug 05, 2013 Xan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El primer libro de cienciaficción que cayó en mis manos fue Fundación. Descubrí un futuro lleno de posibilidades y a un autor que disfrutaba contando historias, ya fuesen novelas de ficción o relatos sobre ciencia, historia y cualquier otra cosa que intrigase a la imaginación de Isaac Asimov. A pesar del más de medio siglo que ha pasado desde la publicación de sus obras de referencia (Fundación y Cuevas de acero) las novelas de Asimov siguen maneniendo su encanto, sobrepasadas a veces por el des ...more
Anna
Jan 08, 2010 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When reading the book, there were several similarities between Isaac and myself. I really enjoyed reading. I heard his voice clearly throughout the entire book. It wasn't rushed or artificial or too wordy. It flowed at the most perfect pace, in the most delicate of tones. I fell like he and I were true friends. :)
James
Oct 01, 2007 James rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: writers, sci fi fans
This one was better than I expected. I made my way through the 563 pages during a recent overseas trip.

I was turned off in the initial chapters because Asimov has such an ego. However, as the pages and personal anecdotes passed, so to did the megalomania (for example, the dire need to see his name in print was just appalling). I even grew closer and closer to Isaac, and I couldn't help but pity the poor guy almost like you would a distant relative or a close childhood friend. You just overlook
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Kristy
Oct 10, 2015 Kristy rated it really liked it
Interesting at first, hilarious as he exposes his own arrogance cheerfully while at the same time mentioning every person in his life who has meant something to him, and, finally, boring. He freely admits his own favorite subject is himself, in great detail, and by the end of the 547 pages, I was tired of the subject. I learned a lot of interest, though, especially about the heyday of the science fiction and fantasy magazines that sprouted when he was beginning his career. I learned how prolific ...more
Dawson
Jul 02, 2008 Dawson rated it it was amazing
If you like Asimov, it behooves you to read his autobiography.
Emilio
Feb 20, 2016 Emilio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biograf-a
La autobiografía de Asimov, un libro para fieles.

Los que conozcan las compilaciones de Asimov sabrán que están llenas de datos autobiográficos. Isaac no pierde la ocasión, a lo largo de su obra, de ir hablando de su vida para ilustrar los momentos en los que escribió los relatos o cuándo decidió hacer las compilaciones. Por estas introducciones a los relatos de las compilaciones conocemos casi todo lo que aparece en esta biografía.

¿Qué añade? Pues a los que lo conocimos en vida nos añade algo má
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ABC
Jun 24, 2011 ABC rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teens-and-adults
This book is a real bargain if you consider that Isaac Asimov commanded thousands of dollars for a forty minute speech. It ends on a touching note and it made me cry. It is all the more poignant because in addition to his other health problems, he contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion but kept it a secret. (You can google for more info.)

It is a very long book and I read it over a long period of time. Each chapter is like a little essay, so it doesn't really have to be read at once. It does go
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Geoffrey
Dec 19, 2015 Geoffrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about Asimov's life. Since reading this, I have started reading other biographies and autobiographies of science fiction writers. Asimov's books on science and astronomy were among the elements that inspired me to become a scientist, so I owe Asimov a big debt. Furthermore, I find myself drawn to reread his Foundation series and Robots series on a regular basis. Somethings about his writing annoy me, but I keep coming back because there is a compelling vision there ...more
Thibault Delavaud
Nov 18, 2014 Thibault Delavaud rated it really liked it
Very touching book. Asimov was very proud of himself of course but he knew perfectly his strentghs and weaknesses. He talks very openly in this book about his success and failures. He analyses his life with lucidity. Reading this book really helps to understand who was the man behind Foundation and the Robot series and most of all, why Asimov was such a science lover and a beliver in progress.
Einar Snorri
Oct 19, 2014 Einar Snorri rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
Skemmtileg lesning en nokkuð sundurlaus í uppbyggingu og dýptina vantaði þangað til í lokin þegar Asimov horfist í augu við vænt endalok.
Jim Razinha
Apr 01, 2012 Jim Razinha rated it really liked it
Asimov certainly had no lack of self confidence but was quick to point out his own shortcomings. A nice, if long, read in which Asimov shares his memories and thoughts on his life. Reading about Lester del Rey, John Campbell, Pohl, Sprague de Camp, Heinlein and so many associated with the early years of science fiction through Asimov's lens adds to my list of authors I want to get to in the next few years (Asimov's Robot and Foundation arc in 2011, Heinlein now in 2012 and Clarke for 2013, then? ...more
Charles
May 31, 2015 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in complete agreement with the person who referred to Isaac Asimov as a natural resource. While he certainly ranks at the highest level in terms of output, no one can challenge the breadth of his writing. I learned more science from his books than I did in taking the courses en route to a double major in biology and chemistry.
In this personal recollection of his life, Asimov is as always honest, even when it is embarrassing. He makes no apologies for his life and actions. To use the old ph
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Vicki
Sep 21, 2009 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography
This book was fascinating! Isaac has long been one of my favorite authors (my favorite book of his is "The Positronic Man"), but I never realized how prolific a writer he was. He wrote over 400 books on many different subjects, both fiction and non-fiction. I also learned that he had many of the same life views that I do. I truly wish I could have met him. This is a great book for not only Asimov fans, but general science fiction fans and people who like to write.
Rajesh Chandrasekaran
May 21, 2016 Rajesh Chandrasekaran rated it really liked it
Nice read the book I,Asimov(his other 2 autobiographies-In memory ,yet green and Its been a good life are chronological until his 54 years with lots of info instead of his views) for his fans-the autobiography introspectively recollects his past which is been written at the age of 70 in a span of 4 months(completed by May28-1990).I found extremely surprising and respectful to find his writing has same flavor as his past besides his age of 70 and health turmoil on his sides.

Quick nice facts about
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Tina
Aug 07, 2014 Tina rated it it was amazing
Asimov's dry, matter of fact way of speaking is perfect. He's the ultimate joker, in that he's not quite sure why you're laughing since he is being sincere. I read this before any of his other work, and it led to finding it incredibly easy to hear his voice in his writing, making it all that much more enjoyable. Remember, kids; it's not vanity if it's true.
Ian
Feb 18, 2013 Ian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography
A fascinating read. Asimov's autobiography convinced me that he was a great writer. His idea of a great day was to arrive early at the post office, collect and go through his mail, and then retire to his attic where he would write into the evening. Yet, he led a rich and varied life. His story, about himself, his world, and the people in it, reveal a worthy life.
Max Lybbert
Nov 18, 2015 Max Lybbert rated it it was amazing
Asimov was one of my favorite writers when I was twelve. However, the books I read (Nightfall and Nemesis) had some dry spots which I remembered for years. Eventually, the memory of those dry spots overshadowed the rest of the story. I would say things like "Asimov spends so much time bragging about how clever the setting is that he forgets to tell the story." Based on the clear, entertaining, and engaging writing in I. Asimov, I'm now convinced that I slandered the man.

Coincidentally, the begin
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Todd Allen
May 14, 2014 Todd Allen rated it really liked it
I don’t think it would be unsafe to say that the details penned in this memoir deviate little--if at all--from the truth and reality that was the life and personality of Isaac Asimov.
What prompted me to read this book, I cannot say. As a young teenager I recall delving into the Foundation Trilogy. Truthfully, I don’t remember much of it. If my memory serves me, there was a planet named ‘Trantor’ that was central to the story. Other than that, and some tinglings of memory when Isaac mentioned th
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Anya
May 17, 2015 Anya rated it really liked it
I never want to meet anyone I would consider a celebrity. This autobiography has not changed my mind it has rather cemented this sentiment more firmly. This doesn't mean that my admiration for Isaac Asimov has dwindled - not in the least- but I was yet again reminded that idolizing or idealizing someone because of their creative output does a disservice to the complexity and nuanced nature of the human being behind that output.

It is easy to believe one "knows" a celebrity from the things they sa
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Tamar Varteressian
Jul 26, 2013 Tamar Varteressian rated it it was amazing
I have never loved an autobiography quite this much, I kept putting off the last few chapters just to avoid the whole thing ending.
Peter
May 18, 2008 Peter rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Just a wonderful auto-bio in which AA talks about simply everything with his usual understated candor. A very funny and talented man.
Stephen
Jul 30, 2016 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Ben Bova visited me [in the hospital] and, noticing the manuscript spread over my bed, asked what I was doing. I explained. "In this autobiography," I said, "I'm including every stupid thing I can remember having said or done."

"Oh?" he said, eyeing the pages. "No wonder it's so long."


I, Asimov is as you might imagine an autobiography by Isaac Asimov. I have already read one such autobiography -- It's Been a Good Life, edited by his wife and composed of excerpts from this book, others, and letter
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Neil
May 18, 2010 Neil rated it liked it
An interesting autobiography, from the perspective of a man coming near to the end. That perspective colors everything here, as does the fact that this is Asimov's second go at his autobiography. He glosses over most of the events of his youth, when most of his best fiction writing happened, instead focusing on things like speaking engagements, clubs, and the prolific, diverse stream of anthologies and nonfiction projects where most of his literary energy went in the last half of his life.

Asimo
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Fremen10
Aug 24, 2011 Fremen10 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voilà un ouvrage émouvant dans lequel Isaac Asimov n'oublie rien. Il nous révèle sa jeunesse et son amour de la lecture. Le jeune Asimov n'aura de cesse d'ingurgiter tout ce qui lui tombera sous la main contribuant à son érudition.
Il revient sur ces études en biochimie et ses mauvaises relations avec la plupart des gens de la faculté. Il ne s'épargnera jamais et n'émettra jamais vraiment de plainte. Il raconte sa vie, riche d'anecdotes, parfois drôles, parfois sombres comme l'accumulation de déc
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Ensiform
Dec 18, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A posthumously published autobiography. Told in vaguely chronological fashion, but with each microchapter as a theme --- his children, his wives, people he knew, travel, etc. Asimov reveals a lot of himself, and of others who may not appreciate his candor. The very simple, clear Asimov style means that although the book is 550 pages, it reads quickly and pleasantly. I'm afraid he does come off as a bit of a pompous ass, but much less so than that hypocritical cretin Richard Feynman. At least Asi ...more
Sherry
Sep 19, 2012 Sherry rated it liked it
I was looking for a biography of a scientist who might be interesting for young people to read about. Knowing that Asimov was a well-known author and having recently seen a biography of him on TV, I thought he might be a good candidate. The sad thing is, there really isn't a good biography published on Isaac Asimov. The only biographies I've been able to find about him are autobiographies. The first 2 books are out of print. This book contains his thoughts on a wide variety of subjects. It conta ...more
Poo1987 Roykaew
Sep 10, 2008 Poo1987 Roykaew rated it it was amazing
It is a pleased, smooth, excited and unputdownable time. Asimov left his legacy to this world his prospect of life which he would like to share with his beloved readers, so as we who love him gracious to enjoy his world, memories and imagination. This is an invaluable experience of the old man who lived in this Earth for seventy years with a kind and numerous heart but strong will and strong attitude which based on humanist idea. Needless to say, this book is full of thoughts and beliefs devoted ...more
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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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