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Isaac Asimov. Briefly about the writer

Born on January 2, 1920 in the village of Petrovichi, Shumyachsky District, Smolensk Region, the RSFSR. He died in New York on April 6, 1992.

Facts. Than famous
The famous American science fiction writer, scientist biochemist, professor at the University, a successful popularizer of science.
He is the author of about 500 books, including both fiction and non-fiction.
Multiple winner of prestigious awards in English literature: Hugo, Nebula and Locus.
In his works, he came up with such concepts as “robotics”, “positron” (about the robot brain), “psychohistory” (the science of predicting the behavior of large masses from the “Foundation” cycle), which are firmly embedded in many languages ​​of the world.
The author of the famous three laws of robotics. Over which many debated, including disputed by Asimov himself.
Biography. Briefly about the life of a writer
Azimov was born into a Jewish family that emigrated to the United States in 1923 and settled in Brooklyn (New York).

There he grew up, was educated, graduated from school as an external student, entered the University and eventually became a professor. Isaac was a man with very positive outlooks on life. And by the way, he was not modest; he wrote about himself as many as three autobiographical books (which, incidentally, received prizes in the nomination “Best non-fiction book”).

The last words of the writer were:

It was a good life.

Most of Asimov’s books are somehow connected with each other, i.e. occur in one universe. Just at different times. Of all the books that make up this universe, one can compose a galactic history for tens of thousands of years.

He began the whole story with stories about robots, which were later combined into a storybook “I, Robot”. This work became a cult, it was in it that the writer first formulated the three laws of robotics. On the topic of robots, Asimov wrote a lot of novels, short stories and short stories that can be combined into a series about robots. It also includes a series of novels by detectives about Elijah Bailey and the robot Daniel Olivo. And the famous story “Bicentennial Man”, which was later successfully filmed.

The most popular cycle of Asimov’s books, of course, is the series of novels “Foundation”. The action of the novels takes place in the distant future, in which mankind has already populated the entire galaxy with a single center, and founded the Galactic Empire. The collapse of the Galactic Empire and the creation of something more interesting, and we are talking about in this series of novels. We will not spoil the experience, we will read everything ourselves.

Also pay attention to individual novels that are not included in any of the cycles. For example, the novel “The End of Eternity” reveals very well the problems of time travel. Many argue that this is the best work of Asimov.

I would also like to note a very unusual novel “Gods themselves”, which reveals the topic of how the world and intelligent life in it would look in a parallel universe with other laws of physics, and how our world can use it. Asimov himself said:

This is the largest and most spectacular of all that I have ever invented.

So not only he believes, this novel became the winner of all literary prizes at once: Hugo, Nebula and Locus.

In addition to science fiction, Isaac Asimov was the author of an incredible number of popular science books in all possible areas. He wrote a lot of books on chemistry, genetics, physics, astronomy, mathematics, as well as on more cultural subjects such as history, literary criticism and the Bible.

Azimov Awards
Azimov repeatedly became the winner in all three of the most prestigious awards in English science fiction literature.

Some of his books took three awards at once. In total, the writer has 6 Hugo awards, 6 Locus awards and 2 Nebula awards. His other works were also very often nominated for these prizes.

Here is the full list of writer awards:

Hugo Award: Best Series of All Time

1966 year
Winner:
Base
(Foundation)
Hugo Award: Best Novel

1973 year
Winner:
Gods themselves
(The Gods Themselves)
Nebula Award: Best Novel

1973 year
Winner:
Gods themselves
(The Gods Themselves)
Locus Award: Best Novel

1973 year
Winner:
Gods themselves
(The Gods Themselves)
Hugo Award: Best Short Story

1977 year
Winner:
Bicentennial Man and Other Stories
(The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories)
Nebula Award: Best Short Story

1977 year
Winner:
Bicentennial Man and Other Stories
(The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories)
Locus Award: Best Short Story

1977 year
Winner:
Bicentennial Man and Other Stories
(The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories)
Locus Award: Best Non-Fiction Work

1981 year
Winner:
I still feel joy. Autobiography. 1954-1978
(In Joy Still Felt)
Hugo Award: Best Novel

1983 year
Winner:
Base edge
(Foundation’s Edge)
Locus Award: Best Novel

1983 year
Winner:
Base edge
(Foundation’s Edge)
Locus Award: Best Science Fiction Story

1987 year
Winner:
Dreams of Robots
(Robot Dreams)
Hugo Award:

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