Saturday, January 22, 2011

WoW read this about Isaac Asimov - the famous science fiction writer, Personal Life

  1. Who is Asimov?
  2. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 9,000 letters and postcards.
  3. Asimov was afraid of flying,[19] only doing so twice in his entire life (once in the course of his work at the Naval Air Experimental Station, and once returning home from the army base in Oahu in 1946)[19] 
  4. He seldom traveled great distances, partly because his aversion to flying complicated the logistics of long-distance travel. 
  5. This phobia influenced several of his fiction works, such as the Wendell Urth mystery stories and the Robot novels featuring Elijah Baley
  6. In his later years, he found he enjoyed traveling on cruise ships, and on several occasions he became part of the cruises' "entertainment", giving science-themed talks on ships such as the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2.
  7. Asimov was an able public speaker and was a frequent fixture at science fiction conventions, where he was friendly and approachable.
  8. He patiently answered tens of thousands of questions and other mail with postcards, and was pleased to give autographs. He was of medium height, stocky, with mutton chop whiskers and a distinct Brooklyn accent. His physical dexterity was very poor. 
  9. He never learned to swim or ride a bicycle; however, he did learn to drive a car after he moved to Boston. In his humor book Asimov Laughs Again, he describes Boston driving as "anarchy on wheels".[20] Source: Wikipedia

Youtube Videos as seen on, in which he accurately predicted about the future.

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