History Creator / IsaacAsimov

6th Nov '16 6:36:01 PM ElectroKraken
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* MissingEpisode: The first story Asimov submitted for publication, ''Cosmic Corkscrew'', no longer existed in any form by the time his other early work was reprinted.
28th Oct '16 12:00:45 PM BrendanRizzo
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* SelfPlagiarism: An interesting case, when Asimov's original title for his autobiography was rejected, he was told by his publisher, Doubleday, to go look for an obscure poem from which he can steal a ''bon mot''. Asimov returned with the couplet "''In memory yet green / In joy still felt''" which his publisher agreed to use for the titles of the two volumes of his autobiography. It was only after the publication of the books that Asimov admitted that he wrote the poem himself.

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An interesting case, when Asimov's original title for his autobiography was rejected, he was told by his publisher, Doubleday, to go look for an obscure poem from which he can steal a ''bon mot''. Asimov returned with the couplet "''In memory yet green / In joy still felt''" which his publisher agreed to use for the titles of the two volumes of his autobiography. It was only after the publication of the books that Asimov admitted that he wrote the poem himself.himself.
** Many passages of Asimov's nonfiction on scientific topics is quoted verbatim from one of his earliest such works, ''The Intelligent Man's Guide to Science''. Of course, since that book already covered the material, and he wrote a lot of books, this is understandable.
26th Oct '16 8:44:19 PM PaulA
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Dr. Asimov was a professor of biochemistry, member of UsefulNotes/{{Mensa}}, and one of the most prolific writers of science fiction and fact in history. He wrote 515 books as well as an uncountable number of short stories and scholarly articles; his writing spans nearly every subject a person can write about, including a book about writing itself, a book of trivial facts about whatever came to his head, an annotated commentary of the complete works of GilbertAndSullivan, and at least two joke books. The prolific nature of his work was to the point where he wrote a book in every Dewey Decimal System category except for Philosophy (and technically, he is even in that category too, though he only wrote the ''foreword'' to a book on philosophy that was written by another author). His friend and fellow author PeterDavid once joked, after Asimov's death, that sooner or later a new book, ''Isaac Asimov's Guide to the Afterlife" would be appearing in bookstores, because if anyone could pull off a posthumous publishing, it would be Asimov. In addition, he was a PromotedFanboy; he started reading the pulp sci-fi magazines sold in his family's candy stores when he was young, began writing his own stories when he was eleven, and managed to get published when he was nineteen.

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Dr. Asimov was a professor of biochemistry, member of UsefulNotes/{{Mensa}}, and one of the most prolific writers of science fiction and fact in history. He wrote 515 books as well as an uncountable number of short stories and scholarly articles; his writing spans nearly every subject a person can write about, including a book about writing itself, a book of trivial facts about whatever came to his head, an annotated commentary of the complete works of GilbertAndSullivan, and at least two joke books. The prolific nature of his work was to the point where he wrote a book in every Dewey Decimal System category except for Philosophy (and technically, he is even in that category too, though he only wrote the ''foreword'' to a book on philosophy that was written by another author). His friend and fellow author PeterDavid Creator/PeterDavid once joked, after Asimov's death, that sooner or later a new book, ''Isaac Asimov's Guide to the Afterlife" would be appearing in bookstores, because if anyone could pull off a posthumous publishing, it would be Asimov. In addition, he was a PromotedFanboy; he started reading the pulp sci-fi magazines sold in his family's candy stores when he was young, began writing his own stories when he was eleven, and managed to get published when he was nineteen.
21st Oct '16 5:16:24 PM binaroid
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** In all robot stories, there FantasticRacism of humans toward robots (in the Bailey novels, Earth-bound humans have taken to addressing robots as "boy" in imitation to how racist Americans used to refer to black people). In some, there is also a sudden reveal that robots are racist toward humans.

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** In all robot stories, there FantasticRacism of humans toward robots (in the Bailey novels, Earth-bound humans have taken to addressing robots as "boy" in imitation to how racist Americans used to refer to black people). In some, some of the stories, such as "Little Lost Robot" and [[spoiler:"Segregationist"]], there is also a sudden reveal that robots are racist toward humans.
29th Sep '16 8:42:17 AM Omeganian
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* LargeRunt: One short from the ''Azazel'' series involves a man who was turned into a ChickMagnet, so he describes how a guy 7 by 5 feet and all muscle visited him and stated that he and his four brothers are going to be ''very'' displeased if he won't choose their sister out of all the girls who are after him. When the Chick Magnet asks whether the brothers resemble him, the other guy states he is short and weak due to a childhood disease, and his brothers are "fine figures of men" a couple of feet taller.

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* LargeRunt: One short from the ''Azazel'' series involves a man who was turned into a ChickMagnet, so he describes how a guy 7 by 5 feet and all muscle visited him and stated that he and his four three brothers are going to be ''very'' displeased if he won't choose their sister out of all the girls who are after him. When the Chick Magnet asks whether the brothers resemble him, the other guy states he is short and weak due to a childhood disease, and his brothers are "fine figures of men" a couple of feet taller.
27th Sep '16 3:41:53 PM esq263
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Asimov's historical books reflect the changing mores and shifting radar of the time in which he was writing. In ''The Roman Republic'' he addresses the rape of Lucretia obliquely, by calling it an "outrage", and in "The Greeks", he obliquely states that Alcibiades was "too charming to the queen of Sparta" to address the man's affair with her. Latter stories, such as "Constantinople: The Forgotten Empire" and "The Shaping of France", are more frank in their discussion of such matters, referencing sexuality, adultery, prostitution, and even homosexuality (then a crime in much of the United States and regarded as a mental illness by the APA).

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Asimov's historical books reflect the changing mores and shifting radar of the time in which he was writing. In ''The Roman Republic'' he addresses the rape of Lucretia obliquely, by calling it an "outrage", and in "The Greeks", ''The Greeks'', he obliquely states that Alcibiades was "too charming to the queen of Sparta" to address the man's affair with her. Latter stories, such as "Constantinople: ''Constantinople: The Forgotten Empire" Empire'' and "The ''The Shaping of France", France'', are more frank in their discussion of such matters, referencing sexuality, adultery, prostitution, and even homosexuality (then a crime in much of the United States and regarded as a mental illness by the APA).APA) by name.
27th Sep '16 5:12:19 AM Omeganian
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* LargeRunt: One short from the ''Azazel'' series involves a man who was turned into a ChickMagnet, so he describes how a guy 7 by 5 feet and all muscle visited him and stated that he and his four brothers are going to be ''very'' displeased if he won't choose their sister out of all the girls who are after him. When the Chick Magnet asks whether the brothers resemble him, the other guy states he is short and weak due to a childhood disease, and his brothers are "fine figures of men" a couple of feet taller.
25th Sep '16 6:42:27 AM esq263
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Asimov's historical books reflect the changing mores and shifting radar of the time in which he was writing. In ''The Roman Republic'' he addresses the rape of Lucretia obliquely, by calling it an "outrage", and in "The Greeks", he obliquely states that Alcibiades was "too charming to the queen of Sparta" to address the man's affair with her. Latter stories, such as "Constantinople: The Forgotten Empire" and "The Shaping of France", are more frank in their discussion of such matters, referencing sexuality, adultery, prostitution, and even homosexuality (then a crime in much of the United States and regarded as a mental illness by the APA).
8th Sep '16 7:08:59 PM PaulA
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** Because Creator/JohnWCampbell (editor of ''AstoundingScienceFiction'') insisted that [[HumanityIsSuperior humans always triumph against aliens]], Asimov avoided having aliens in his Robot and Foundation stories. Asimov himself disliked this trope, because he saw the [[UnfortunateImplications implication that humanity was essentially the white Western European hero triumphing over the lesser creatures.]] However, he also respected Campbell greatly, and so decided to just avoid the matter entirely.

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** Because Creator/JohnWCampbell (editor of ''AstoundingScienceFiction'') ''Magazine/AstoundingScienceFiction'') insisted that [[HumanityIsSuperior humans always triumph against aliens]], Asimov avoided having aliens in his Robot and Foundation stories. Asimov himself disliked this trope, because he saw the [[UnfortunateImplications implication that humanity was essentially the white Western European hero triumphing over the lesser creatures.]] However, he also respected Campbell greatly, and so decided to just avoid the matter entirely.



* HumanityIsSuperior: To robots, at least. Back when Asimov wrote for ''AstoundingScienceFiction'', editor JohnWCampbell required that any story involving humans and aliens portray humanity as superior, reflecting his own belief in the superiority of the white race. Asimov, a Jew, wasn't comfortable with this but he was comfortable with writing humans as superior to robots.

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* HumanityIsSuperior: To robots, at least. Back when Asimov wrote for ''AstoundingScienceFiction'', ''Magazine/AstoundingScienceFiction'', editor JohnWCampbell Creator/JohnWCampbell required that any story involving humans and aliens portray humanity as superior, reflecting his own belief in the superiority of the white race. Asimov, a Jew, wasn't comfortable with this but he was comfortable with writing humans as superior to robots.
1st Aug '16 4:05:48 AM Morgenthaler
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The ''{{Foundation}}'' Trilogy is a sequence of stories set after the fall of a Galactic Empire, describing a conspiracy to restore civilization[[note]] [[GambitRoulette starting centuries before it ''falls''!]][[/note]] . They were the first to be set in a future history, covering the thousand year interregnum. (Well, maybe about half of it, before AuthorExistenceFailure.) These were set in the same universe as his earlier "Galactic Empire" stories, but he did not write [[CanonWelding bridging material between the two until much later]]. After uniting the Galactic Empire and ''Foundation'', Asimov then linked ''Foundation'' and the robot stories through an elaborate {{Retcon}}.

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The ''{{Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' Trilogy is a sequence of stories set after the fall of a Galactic Empire, describing a conspiracy to restore civilization[[note]] [[GambitRoulette starting centuries before it ''falls''!]][[/note]] . They were the first to be set in a future history, covering the thousand year interregnum. (Well, maybe about half of it, before AuthorExistenceFailure.) These were set in the same universe as his earlier "Galactic Empire" stories, but he did not write [[CanonWelding bridging material between the two until much later]]. After uniting the Galactic Empire and ''Foundation'', Asimov then linked ''Foundation'' and the robot stories through an elaborate {{Retcon}}.
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