Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Introducing Encyclopedia Asimova: The Website

In one of Isaac Asimov's many Black Widower short stories, he has his writer character, Manny Rubin, tell a story about Isaac Asimov. Asimov, says Rubin, carries an encyclopedia with him to parties. When someone brings up a subject he says, "Speaking of concrete, the Encyclopedia Britannica has a very nice article about it. It's only 350 pages away from their article on me." And then he shows them the article on himself.

Asimov is spoofing his ego in this story, but that's where the idea of the web version of the Encyclopedia Asimova came from. It will be an encyclopedia entirely centered around Asimov. So, the definition of Physics will be "a subject Asimov wrote about in this book and that essay." The defiintion of Astronomy will be "a subject Asimov wrote about in this essay and these books." And so on.

In between the alphabetical entries are brief exhortations to "Educate yourself" with links to non-fiction books by Asimov on a variety of subjects. (Some of these books are out of print, and you can pick them up for a penny. Of course, you then have to pay $3.99 for postage.)

CHeck it out at: http://volcanoseven.com/EncyclopediaAsimova/index.html
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