Wednesday, August 12, 2009
This week's featured author - Isaac Asimov
One of the most famous science-fiction authors of all time, Isaac Asimov was a prolific writer, penning hundreds of books in a wide variety of different categories as well as numerous short stories. Asimov was also a professor of biochemistry, writing a great many popular science text books and other works of non-fiction.
His most popular science-fiction works included the spectacular Foundation, Robot and Empire series, altogether spanning 15 novels and dozens of short stories. Asimov was known for his fascination with the relationship between man and machine, which spawned countless short stories and novels on the subject of robots and the exploration of the recurring concept of the Laws of Robotics throughout a number of his science-fiction works. He is responsible for coining the word robotics, as well as the less widely used positronic and psychohistory.
Asimov’s writing is strangely stark, with minimal emphasis on main characters or settings and a lack of philosophical ramblings. This skin-and-bones style ensured Asimov wrote solely on the strength of the actual plot and not on florid frills.
Asimov’s scientific theories are so profound that one cannot help but be carried away by the sheer invincibility and solidity of his storylines.
Isaac Asimov died in New York, on the 6th of April 1992 at the age of 72, leaving behind a legacy that can scarcely be challenged by contemporary writers.