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The size of the: 688 KB
Edition: Doubleday & Co. (Garden City, NY)
Date of issue: April 1st 1980
ISBN: 0385155441
The author of the book: Isaac Asimov
Language: English
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780385155441

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To begin with, I think one has to be a serious Isaac Asimov fan in order to be willing to slog through over 1400 pages of his two part autobiography. This book, and the volume 1 companion, "In memory yet green" (which I read years ago), are definitely not for the faint of heart, or the casual reader.

Having said that, I really enjoyed this book. I have always enjoyed Isaac Asimov's writing style - both his Sci Fi stuff, as well as his non-fiction science writing. I'm also old enough to remember Asimov's presence at Sci Fi conventions, and occasional TV appearances, and was curious what this man who wrote so prodigiously was really like. Was he kind of a 'writing savant"? Did he have any interests outside of writing? Did he have an ego as big as his book cover photos and author bios sometimes suggested?

When there is an author I thoroughly enjoy, like Asimov, it is nice to get some background on the personal life. Here Asimov provides it in droves. To be sure, Asimov does not tell the whole story of his divorce, etc. But you get a good glimpse into his writing habits, where he got his ideas, the evolution of the publishing industry over the 50 years he covers, the birth and growth of fandom conventions over the same years, etc.

I actually had a collection of his Sci Fi short stories next to me, and when ever he would mention writing a certain story in his autobiography (where the idea came from, where the story was first published, etc), I would read read the short story. This proved to me to be a great way to follow Asimovs life.

Again, this book is likely not for everyone. But I enjoyed it.

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Ebook In Joy Still Felt: The Autobiography, 1954-1978 read Online! 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.

Isaac Asimov. (2007, November 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:50, November 29, 2007, from

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