By Isaac Asimov
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 turned mythical for his inexhaustible creativity, wide-ranging highbrow interest, and skill for explaining advanced matters in transparent, concise prose. whereas regaling his readers with an important opus of virtually wonderful and illuminating technology fiction and nonfiction books, he additionally discovered time to write down a three-volume autobiography. Now those volumes were condensed into one via Asimov's spouse, Janet, who additionally stocks excerpts from letters he wrote to her. jointly those writings supply an intimate portrait of an artistic genius whose love of studying and fidgeting with rules is clear on each web page.
Reading this autobiography is like sitting down with Isaac Asimov and experiencing his witty, attractive, and great character firsthand. we're taken care of to many magnificent tales approximately his upbringing in Depression-era Brooklyn, his early fascination with the hot technological know-how fiction pulp magazines, the joys of his first released tale, the production of his famous tale "Nightfall," the genesis of the root sequence, and the evolution of his artistic existence as a author.
He additionally finds his internal strategies approximately and stories with quite a few luminaries in technology and technological know-how fiction. in particular, Asimov's autobiography conveys unbounded enthusiasm for his craft, the infectious pleasure of studying and growing, whole highbrow honesty, his robust humanist convictions, and his limitless fund of excellent humor and optimism even on the finish of his existence - all advised within the vigorous transparent writing sort that was once his trademark.
Although Janet Jeppson Asimov concludes this paintings with a surprising revelation approximately her husband's loss of life, the quantity is obviously meant as a party - because the identify indicates - of an excellent, artistic lifestyles. As a poignant coda to this paintings, Janet has appended one brief tale that was once Isaac's favourite, and his four-hundredth essay in this recommendations approximately technology.
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