IsaacAsimov - I Asimov Science fiction has hundreds if not...

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I, Asimov Science fiction has hundreds - if not thousands - of names to choose from. However, among all of these authors, only a few stand out. One of the most esteemed science fiction (and science fact) writers of the 20 th century is the legendary Isaac Asimov. Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia to Judah Asimov and Anna Rachel Berman Asimov in 1920. While his family was Orthodox Jewish, religion did not play an important role in Asimov’s life. In 1923, his family moved to the United States - specifically, Brooklyn, New York. Asimov never learned Russian, and the Russian culture, like Judaism, was distant to him. (Pegasos) He began reading at the early age of four, before first grade, and was blessed with the ability to read fast and remember almost everything. He eventually read the few books in his home and all of his schoolbooks. At long last, his father gave him a library card, an event that changed his life. "I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it." ( I. Asimov , 28) Asimov read everything he could get his hands on - including books on mythology, Shakespeare, history, and science. This love of reading continued throughout his teenage life, and after graduating high school, Asimov studied Chemistry at Columbia University in New York 1
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City, where he graduated in 1939 with a B.S. in Chemistry, an M.A. in 1941, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1948. Asimov married Gertrude Blugerman in 1942 and subsequently had two children. The marriage did not go well, and they later divorced. During WW II, Asimov worked in the US Naval Air Experimental Station alongside the science fiction writers L. Sprague de Camp and Robert A. Heinlein. He later served in the army for a short time as a corporal. In 1949, Asimov joined the Boston University School of Medicine, where he was made an associate professor of Biochemistry in 1955. He remained an associate professor until 1979. In 1973, Asimov married the science fiction writer and psychoanalyst Janet Opal Jeppson. Asimov started to write at the age of eleven, and at the age of 18, Asimov sold his first story, “Marooned Off Vesta.” One of the first places Asimov had his stories published was in pulp magazines, such as Astounding Science Fiction . These magazines very much influenced his early work. This is especially due to the support of the editor of Astounding Science Fiction , John Campbell, who in his time took many an author under his wing – including Asimov - and helped to mold 20 th century science fiction writing. Asimov's first novel,
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