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Isaac Asimov Channeled by Karl Mollison 8May2018
Adapted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov
Isaac Asimov January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992
He was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at
Boston University. He was known for his works of science
fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer
who wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated
90,000 letters and postcards.[d] His books have been
published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey
Asimov wrote hard science fiction. Along with Robert A.
Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, Asimov 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. The Galactic Empire
novels are explicitly set in earlier history of the same
fictional universe as the Foundation series. Later,
beginning with Foundation’s Edge, he linked this distant
future to the Robot and Spacer stories, creating a
unified “future history” for his stories.
He wrote hundreds of short stories, including the social
science fiction novelette “Nightfall”, which in 1964 was
voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best
short science fiction story of all time.
Asimov also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as much
nonfiction. Most of his popular 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.
Asimov was a founding member of the Committee for the
Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal,
CSICOP, and is listed in its Pantheon of Skeptics.
In a discussion with James Randi at CSICon 2016
regarding the founding of CSICOP, Kendrick Frazier
said that Asimov was “a key figure in the Skeptical
movement who is less well known and appreciated today,
but was very much in the public eye back then.”
He was president of the American Humanist Association.
The asteroid 5020 Asimov, a crater on the planet Mars,
a Brooklyn elementary school, and a literary award are
named in his honor.
Asimov suffered a heart attack in 1977, and had triple
bypass surgery in December 1983, during which he
contracted HIV from a blood transfusion.
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