Monday, April 11, 2016


                     late 1800’s – mid 1950’s

Isaac Asimov (January 1920 - Aprl 1992), was a  American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. 

At age three he immigrated with his family from Russia to the United States and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. By the age of five young Isaac had taught himself to read and amused himself by reading pulp science fiction magazines that were sold at his family's candy stores.

Asimov began writing science fiction stories at 
age 11 and by 19 was selling them to magazines like Astounding Science Fiction
                                                                         Pebble in the Sky is a science fiction novel by Asimov, published in 1950. This work is his first novel — parts of the Foundation series had appeared from 1942 onwards, in magazines, but Foundation was not published in book form until 1951. 

Asimov wrote three series: Foundation series, Galactic series, and Robot series.

It was in the 40's and 50's that Asimov wrote many of his most popular science fiction short stories. In 1941 Nightfall, perhaps his finest short work, was published.. Asimov often stated that this was a turning in his career. He went on to publish hundreds of short stories and novels. 

He also wrote, I, Asimov, a Memoir.

Asimov won 7 Hugo awards and more than a dozen annual awards for particular works of science fiction and a half dozen lifetime awards. He also received 14 honorary doctorate degrees from universities. 

Interesting facts:  
Asomov, though he wrote about space travel, was afraid of flying and only flew two times in his life. 

He wrote everyday for eight hours and preferred to write in a small room with no windows. 


While I'm highlighting the best of Pulp Fiction, during the A-Z Challenge, I also like to show the silly side of it.      

I, aye, aye! I have no Idea what this book cover means.



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That last one - wow!
I know I read and write science fiction, but I got into Asimov. Thought he was too dry and too technical.

Misha Gericke said...

I've read one Asimov book, but would like to read others one day.

That last cover made me giggle. :-D

i b arora said...

nothing like science fiction, great post

Ella said...

I must check out one of his books. I saw him mentioned on another blog today!! Whoa, on the last cover. I think we could have a lot of whoa and giggles looking on paperback covers~

Jennifer Shirk said...

Writing eight hours a day in a small room with no windows... And with no Facebook I assume either, huh? Don't know if I could do that. LOL

And OMG that last cover!!!

Deniz Bevan said...

Ooh, speaking of silly covers, you know about this blog, right?: