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Isaac Asimov: A Life of the Grand Master of Science Fiction

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Isaac Asimov dominated science fiction for over half a century. He wrote over 400 books during the course of his career and was honored with every prize and award the science fiction community could give him. By his late teens, he had already embarked upon the works that would make him world-famous: the Robot stories, in which he laid down the Three Laws of Robotics, which ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 15th 2005 by Da Capo Press (first published April 10th 2005)
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Nov 07, 2007 Jason rated it liked it
Isaac Asimov was one of the most prolific writers the world had the pleasure of reading. He has had over 460 books published and his extraordinary breadth and scope of work is sure to interest any person in the man's life. Therefore, I was looking forward to reading this biography. However, I had several points of complaint with it, which I will number as follows:

1.) The book spends too much time discussing in detail certain aspects of Asimov's stories. It's okay to give the reader relevant bac
Lee Pfahler
Mar 11, 2016 Lee Pfahler rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any Isaac Asimov fan.
An enjoyable biography of Isaac Asimov the late science fiction author. It goes into a lot of details about his main novel series - the Foundation and the Robot ones - and as well as some other SF that he wrote and his science fact books. As one who has only read two of his novels neither of which are a part of his main series, it was good to become informed about his major series through this author's detailed summaries. The only two of his novels I have read are The Gods Themselves, which I di ...more
Russell Goodman
I really enjoyed this book and learning more about the Mighty Asimov. It was an easy read, and even though Asimov fans will find this book very interesting, I think people who have never read any of Isaac's works will come away wanting to check out his books. I know I'm going to look for the books of his I haven't read yet.
Nicholas Whyte
Feb 05, 2014 Nicholas Whyte rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, xc, 2013, 1311[return][return] I vaguely hoped that this would provide me with a decent glimpse into Asimov's mind, but it's basically a pretty pedestrian biography, not probing very deeply into what Asimov thought he was doing, why he was doing it, or why it worked; he wrote this book, married these women, had affairs with these other women, got lots of money and hated flying. It's not quite as disappointing in terms of wasted effort as that Heinlein biog from a coup ...more
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Michael White is a British writer based in Sydney, Australia. He has been a science editor of British GQ, a columnist for the Sunday Express in London and, 'in a previous incarnation', he was a member of the band the Thompson Twins (1982).
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