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Isaac Asimov – prolific and excellent Science Fiction writer

November 30, 2012
Isaac Asimov - Wikimedia

Isaac Asimov – Wikimedia

I have been under the weather this week, so between that and often spending a fair amount of time on the road for appointments before that, I have been reading or listening to a fair amount of Isaac Asimov lately, and of course it reminds me how much of what we have seen in most SciFi movies and shows on television definitely incorporate many concepts included in Asimov’s very prolific books (or one of his contemporaries).

I have recently reread the first three books in the Robot Series: The Caves of SteelThe Naked SunThe Robots of Dawn. I then took a little break and read Nemesis another very intriguing book that includes Superluminal Theory! Next, I will be rereading the fourth in the Robot Series, Robots and Empire.

The Robot Series is a great set of books and I am thoroughly enjoying them. I couldn’t help but become attached to Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw all over again! The Three Laws of Robotics, the Positronic brain! Jehoshaphat! ;) I really couldn’t help but love the relationship that grew over the course of the books between ‘Lije’ and Daneel. And a very intriguing R. Giskard Reventlov who could read minds!

The Three Laws of Robotics (often shortened to The Three Laws or Three Laws) are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov and later added to. The rules were introduced in his 1942 short story “Runaround“, although they had been foreshadowed in a few earlier stories. The Three Laws are:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

  2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Will have to re-read Asimov’s Foundation books soon too and of course I, Robot!

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. 

He was a very gifted and prolific Science Fiction writer! And was a pretty funny guy too…well, at least he had a very funny way of saying things! Born between October 4, 1919 and January 2, 1920. Died in New York, April 6, 1992, age 72. Russian origin, American author and Professor at Boston University.

Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His works have been published in all ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (although his only work in the 100s—which covers philosophy and psychology—was a foreword for The Humanist Way).

Asimov is widely considered a master of hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the “Big Three” science fiction writers during his lifetime.

Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov

The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov

The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov

The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov

Robots and Empire by Isaac Asimov

Robots and Empire by Isaac Asimov

Nemesis by Isaac Asimov

Nemesis by Isaac Asimov

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

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