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I am honorary President of the American Humanist Society, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that utterly functionless capacity. We Humanists behave as well as we can, without any rewards or punishments in an Afterlife.
We never had books at home, but my dad, seeing how keen I was to read, took me to Islington Library when I was about eight and we pulled out two - a Biggles and a science fiction novel. I never got the ace fighter pilot but fell in love with all things to do with the future and space. Isaac Asimov soon became my guiding star.
For bedtime reading, I usually curl up with a good monograph on quantum physics or string theory, my specialty. But since I was a child, I have been fascinated by science fiction. My all-time favorite is 'The Foundation Trilogy,' by Isaac Asimov.
Asimov was the reason why we changed some rules in the SFWA, and I'm not convinced we changed it for the best.
I had the honor of speaking with Asimov. The album ended up being something not directly related to Asimov, but related instead to the concept of the power of robotics.
I've read everything that Isaac Asimov ever wrote, for a start. I'm massively into my fantasy genre, anything by R.A. Salvatore or David Gemmell. I've read every single book those writers have written.
A story in Asimov's is read by hundreds of thousands of people.
The other one I did was 'I, Robot.' I take apart Isaac Asimov's Robots world.
I enjoyed reading all the classic authors like Isaac Asimov and Bradbury.
My name is Bruce Feiler, and I'm an explainaholic. I first heard this word used to describe Isaac Asimov, and I knew instantly that I suffered from the same condition. It's the incurable desire to tell, shape, share, occasionally exaggerate, often elongate, and inevitably bungle a good story.
Originating with such figures as T. H. Huxley, who sought to bring Darwin's ideas to the masses, the popular science genre moved on to entertaining landmarks like Edwin Abbott Abbott's 'Flatland,' then accelerated into the twentieth century with inestimable work from such luminaries as George Gamow, Isaac Asimov, Martin Gardner, and Carl Sagan.
Paul Di Filippo
HAL 9000 in '2001' was an early inspiration which came along when I was first trying to build intelligent machines as a boy and young teenager. Isaac Asimov's robots were more fodder for my imagination. Commander Data from 'Star Trek Generations' is the fictional pinnacle of such developments, and so of course it is an ongoing inspiration.
It's hard not to like Asimov; he's a really likable guy.
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