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The Worlds of Isaac Asimov: Modeling Kalgash

6 Feb 2015, 21:47 UTC
The Worlds of Isaac Asimov: Modeling Kalgash
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Asimov (shown on the left from Marcio Kenobi) was born in Petrovichi, Russia with an official birthdate of Jan. 2, 1920 – although there is some confusion about the exact date. He moved to New York with his family when he was three. Azimov was a voracious reader with a phenomenal memory which he later used to good effect with books ranging from Asimov’s Guide to the Bible and Asimov’s Annotated Paradise Lost to Lecherous Limericks to The Black Widowers, a series of mysteries.

He first started writing science fiction with “Marooned off Vesta” which was sold to Amazing Stories in 1938 (appeared in 1939) and continued with extraordinary fecundity until about Sputnik (1957) when he almost entirely switched to writing science books which he found easier and more profitable. “Nightfall” was his 32nd story (in two years!) and was published in the September, 1941 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. It immediately made the young Asimov a big name in science fiction and is now a prime candidate for the best science fiction short story ever written and, indeed, was voted as such by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1965.


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