It's Been a Good Life
New one-volume autobiography spans Asimov's lifestyles for the 1st time!
As the most proficient and prolific writers of the 20 th century, Isaac Asimov grew to become mythical for his inexhaustible creativity, wide-ranging highbrow interest, and ability for explaining advanced matters in transparent, concise prose. whereas regaling his readers with a huge opus of just about interesting and illuminating technology fiction and nonfiction books, he additionally came across time to write down a three-volume autobiography. Now those volumes were condensed into one by means of Asimov's spouse, Janet, who additionally stocks excerpts from letters he wrote to her. jointly those writings offer an intimate portrait of an artistic genius whose love of studying and fiddling with rules is obvious on each web page.
Reading this autobiography is like sitting down with Isaac Asimov and experiencing his witty, enticing, and amazing character firsthand. we're handled to many excellent tales approximately his upbringing in Depression-era Brooklyn, his early fascination with the recent technological know-how fiction pulp magazines, the fun of his first released tale, the construction of his recognized tale "Nightfall," the genesis of the root sequence, and the evolution of his inventive existence as a author.
He additionally finds his internal concepts approximately and reviews with quite a few luminaries in technology and technological know-how fiction. mainly, Asimov's autobiography conveys unbounded enthusiasm for his craft, the infectious pleasure of studying and developing, whole highbrow honesty, his robust humanist convictions, and his countless fund of excellent humor and optimism even on the finish of his existence - all instructed within the vigorous transparent writing sort that was once his trademark.
Although Janet Jeppson Asimov concludes this paintings with a stunning revelation approximately her husband's demise, the quantity is obviously meant as a party - because the name indicates - of a superb, inventive lifestyles. As a poignant coda to this paintings, Janet has appended one brief tale that used to be Isaac's favourite, and his four-hundredth essay in this strategies approximately technological know-how.
tales in notable seemed below my genuine name-Isaac Asimov.... probably as the deed was once performed and my identify, akin to it was once, had graced the contents web page of a sciencefiction journal, Campbell uttered now not a murmur and my identify seemed in Astounding's august pages in its right shape. [More approximately "Trends," initially known as "Ad Asti-a"] i used to be operating for Bernhard J. Stern [a sociology professor at Columbia] ... and because he was once writing a booklet on social resistance to technological switch, he had.
did not particularly intend issues to move that some distance. however the shaggy dog story was once on me. My supervisors have been wreathed in smiles at this made from the satirist's paintings. They took it immediately and swallowed it whole.... Years later, i used to be instructed that that specification used to be nonetheless preserved (under nitrogen, do you suppose'?) and passed out to new staff for example of the way standards must be written. I fearful, occasionally, in on reflection on it, simply how a lot, in my eagerness to play a innocuous little funny story, I.
Hundred money ($500), i'm going to gladly comply with . . ." in the event that they responded me with satisfied outcries, i used to be ready. in the event that they got here again with pained motives, it used to be all off. They spoke back me with chuffed outcries. [At a dinner with fellow science-fiction author Poul Anderson and his spouse, Karen, he stated] i attempted to maintain my library small ... there have been instances while an empty area was once the main priceless merchandise within the bookshelves. Poul grew to become to Karen and acknowledged, "Listen to this guy. He speaks pearls." I.
New societies i'd care for, and extra rest to see the complexities of plot. I known as the recent novel the realm of the sunrise, as the leader atmosphere was once on a planet named Aurora, who was once the Roman goddess of the sunrise. notwithstanding, Doubleday back had the ultimate. A robotic novel must have the note "robot" within the name, they stated. the radical used to be for this reason named The Robots of garden, which grew to become out to be much more compatible. I loved writing the hot novel significantly greater than I.
spiritual leaders for assist in conserving him opposed to the universe. The turning aspect got here (according to my thesis) with Franklin's invention of the lightning rod-the first victory of technological know-how over a threat to guy which had until then appeared unavertable and which had, certainly, been thought of the direct artillery of Zeus, Thor, and Yahveh. And, I additional impressively, while the common guy observed lightning rods emerging over the steeples of the good cathedrals of Europe, he may possibly see together with his personal eyes that.