"I, Robot" is the title of a 1950 novel by the famous science fiction author Isaac Asimov. The novel consists of a collection of short stories all bound together by the pretense that they are being told for an interview with the elderly, successful robopsychologist Susan Calvin in the year 2052. The stories were originally separate, however and appeared in two different American … [Read more...]
Isaac Asimov was born some time around January 2nd 1920 in Petrovichi, Russia. His exact date of birth is unknown but he was born with the name Isaak Ozimov which he later changed. When he was three years old, Asimov's family moved to the United States. His parents owned a succession of candy shops in which the members of his family worked. It was while spending time at these candy stores that Asimov began reading the newspapers and magazines which he later credited as the beginning of his lifelong love of reading.
In 1928, Asimov became a naturalized citizen of the United States. At the age of 11, inspired by the pulp magazines that he loved, Asimov began writing stories of his own. By the age of 19, he was selling science fiction stories of his devising to the same magazines.
Asimov began attending Seth Low Junior College at the age of 15 where he majored in chemistry. He received a Bachelor's degree in 1939 and later completed a Masters and a Ph.D. In 1942, Asimov married his first wife, Gertrude Blugerman and the couple had two children, David in 1951 and Robyn Joan in 1955. They later separated in 1970.
During the 1940's, Asimov continued to publish many short stories in pulp science fiction magazines which were later collected into full length novels. These novels include "The Robot Series" which was published between 1954 and 1985, 'The Foundation Trilogy' which was published between 1951 and 1953 and the "Norby Chronicles" published between 1983 and 1991 among countless others. Indeed, Asimov's entire body of work is so large that it is hard to define just how many books he wrote and technically the number could be in the hundreds.
During World War II, he worked as a civilian at in a Naval Air Experimental Station in Philadelphia. In 1945 he was drafted into the US Army and served for nine months before being honorably discharged.
After the war, Asimov went to work at the Boston University School of Medicine where he taught chemistry. For many years, Asimov worked as a full-time writer, publishing short stories and collecting them into novels.
In the year 1973, after his divorce from his first wife was completed, he quickly remarried Janet O. Jeppson whom he was married to until his death.
Asimov began suffering health issues in 1977 and later died in New York City on April, 6th, 1992 at the age of 72. Years after his death, it was revealed that his heart complications were due to an infection of HIV which he had received during a blood transfusion during his bypass surgery in 1983. This information was reveled by his family to bring more awareness of the disease.