Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Books About Asimov (part 1)

I visited Amazon.com today and did a search for books about Isaac Asimov (Isaac Asimov biography were the search terms), just to see if there were any new ones.

If there are, you can get them from Amazon or request them from your local library.

Conversations with Isaac Asimov (Literary Conversations Series), by Carl Freedman (2005)

What with a successful recent film of his classic I Robot (1950) and his Foundation series being taught in university literature classes, Isaac Asimov remains popular more than a decade after his death. As editor Freedman reminds us, Asimov was one of the most prolific authors of his generation, with more than 400 volumes of fiction and nonfiction to his name. Yet he was loath to abandon his typewriter for interviews, so that this assortment of rarely reprinted dialogues with the sf grandmaster, dating from 1968 to 1990, constitutes something special for his fans. Asimov's questioners include such well-known figures as sf editor James Gunn and PBS stalwart Bill Moyers, and their interviews originally appeared in publications as diverse as Science Fiction Voices and Psychology Today. Topics range from Asimov's perspective on his classic novels to the state of contemporary sf to his insights on technology's precarious future. An indispensable addition to every Asimov collection. Carl Hays


Isaac Asimov: A Life of the Grand Master of Science Fiction, by Michael White

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 are still accepted today by researchers into artificial intelligence; "Nightfall," arguably the best science fiction short story ever written; and the Foundation novels, where he established the idea of warring galactic empires, changing the face of science fiction forever.
Bestselling author Michael White’s probing first-ever biography of this extraordinary writer takes us from Asimov’s troubled childhood in New York to his ascendancy to the rank of "Grand Master," the highest honor in the science fiction world. With the success of last summer’s hit film I, Robot and more Asimovian movies in the works, the founding father of science fiction is as influential and popular today as he was in the 1950s.


Isaac Asimov: Writer of the Future (World Writers), by William J. Boerst (1999)

Grade 6 Up-Boerst takes readers from Asimov's early years as a Russian immigrant in New York City, through his loves and marriages, his brief stint in the Army, his honors and awards, to his death in 1992. There is a good mix of his family and professional life. While not particularly exciting in its delivery, the text speaks to who Asimov was and provides insights into his writings. The black-and-white photographs lend a certain realism and interest to the story, and the quotes are documented. A list of Asimov's books for young people is also included. This volume serves up the facts on this incredibly prolific writer and on science fiction as a genre. It will provide solid information for reports and for leisure reading about a fascinating person.
Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA



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