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08/27/1988DR ISAAC ASIMOVTALKS WITHSLAWEK WOJTOWICZSlawek Wojtowicz © 1988SW: If you ask any SF fan in Poland "who is Isaac Asimov?" he or she will answerwithout any hesitation - "one of the greatest SF writers in the World". Youmight be surprised to learn that you are so famous in a country where only asmall fraction of your works has been translated into the native language andthe majority of people cannot read English. But an average Polish fan wouldn'tbe able to say much about Isaac Asimov as a person. What could you tell us aboutyour life?IA: Well, I was born in the Soviet Union in 1920, came to the United States withmy family in 1923 and lived in New York since. I got my Ph.D. at ColumbiaUniversity in 1948. I'm married and have two children from my first marriage. Istarted reading Science-Fiction when I was nine years old. I sold my first storywhen I was eighteen and my first book when I was thirty. Since then I havepublished 394 books. I have twenty five other books in press. Some of these aremysteries, some are children' books, others are on straight science, literarysubjects, humor, mythology - on everything I can think of.SW: Can you tell us how your day time schedule looks like?IA: This morning I did my weekly science column for the "Los Angeles Times"Syndicate. I'm working on a novel - it is little over half finished in firstdraft. Pretty soon it will be time to write my monthly essay for "Fantasy andScience Fiction". I'm writing a big "History of Science" and I've got up to1945, so it is only little over forty years left, but they were very hard fortyyears... So I've got lots of work.SW: Do you have any time left for other things besides writing?IA: All I do is write. I do practically nothing else, except eat, sleep and talkto my wife.SW: Is it a secret what are you working on now?IA: The novel is called "Nemesis". It is not a part of any other series I'mdoing - it is not as "Foundation" nor robot novels. It's something completelydifferent.(1 of 7)11/16/2005 11:15:29 AM
SW: What are your plans for the future? What topics are you going to explore?
SW: Have you ever written any screenplays for SF movies?

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