Isaac Asimov



Isaac Asimov was een Amerikaanse auteur die vooral beroemd werd vanwege zijn science fiction verhalen. Behalve schrijver was hij tevens professor in de biochemie aan Boston University. Zijn deskundigheid op het gebied van de exacte wetenschappen beïnvloedde zijn literaire oeuvre enorm: veel van zijn verhalen gingen over vernieuwingen op het gebied van wiskunde, scheikunde, natuurkunde en afgeleide wetenschappen zoals robotica.
Asimov schreef meer dan 500 boeken en verhalen en een kleine 100.000 brieven en briefkaarten.
Isaac Asimov wordt gezien als één van de grootste SF-schrijvers van de twintigste eeuw, samen met Arthur C. Clarke en Robert Heinlein.
Mr. Asimov werd in 1920 geboren in Petrovichi in Rusland. Zijn ouders (afkomstig uit een Russisch-Joodse molenaarsfamilie) en hij emigreerden – na de dood van alle vijftien broertjes en zusjes van Isaac – in 1923 naar de USA. Isaac sprak zelf nooit Russisch; thuis sprak hij Jiddisch. Hij studeerde scheikunde aan Columbia University in New York. Na zijn afstuderen ging hij werken aan Boston University, waar hij zijn verdere leven als biochemicus zou werken.
Al vanaf zijn kindertijd schreef hij veel: fictie en non-fictie, science fiction, maar ook fantasy en crime.
Isaac Asimov overleed in 1992 in New York City.

Werken (een selectie):
‘Pebble in the Sky’ (1950)
I, Robot (1950)
‘The Stars, Like Dust -’ (1951)
‘Foundation’ (1951)
‘David Starr, Space Ranger’ (1952)
‘Foundation and Empire’ (1952)
‘The Currents of Space’ (1952)
‘Bichemistry and Human Metablosism’ (1952)
‘Second Foundation’ (1953)
‘Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids’ (1953)
‘The Caves of Steel’ (1954)
‘Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus’ (1954)
‘The Chemicals of Life: Enzymes, Vitamins, and Hormones’ (1954)
‘The End of Eternity’ (1955)
‘The Martian Way and Other Stories’ (1955)
‘Races and People’ (1955)
‘Lucky Starr and the Big Sun of Mercury’ (1956)
‘Chemistry and Human Health’ (1956)
‘Inside the Atom’ (1956)
‘The Naked Sun’ (1957)
‘Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupter’ (1957)
‘Building Blocks of the Universe’ (1957)
‘Earth Is Room Enough: Science Fiction: Tales of Our Own Planet’ (1957)
‘Only a Trillion’ (1957)
‘The World of Carbon’ (1958)
‘Lucky Starr and the Rings of Saturn’ (1958)
‘The World of Nitrogen’ (1958)
‘The Death Dealers’ (a.k.a. ‘A Whiff of Death’) (1958)
‘Nine Tomorrows: Tales of the Near Future’ (1959)
‘The Clock We Live on’ (1959)
‘Words of Science, and the History Behind Them’ (1959)
‘Realm of Numbers’ (1959)
‘The Living River’ (1960)
‘The Kingdom of the Sun’ (1960)
‘Realm of Measure’ (1960)
‘Breakthroughs in Science’ (1960)
‘Satellites in Outer Space’ (1960)
‘The Wellsprings of Life’ (1960)
‘The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Science’ (a.k.a. ‘Asimov’s Guide ..’) (1960)
‘The Double Planet’ (1960)
‘Realm of Algebra’ (1961)
‘Words from the Myths’ (1961)
‘Life and Energy’ (1962)
‘Words in Genesis’ (1962)
‘Facts and Fancy’ (1962)
‘Words on the Map’ (1962)
‘The Search for the Elements’ (1962)
‘Words from the Exodus’ (1963)
‘The Genetic Code’ (1963)
‘The Human Body: Its Structure and Operation’ (1963)
‘View from a Height’ (1963)
‘The Kite That Won the Revolution’ (1963)
‘The Human Brain: Its Capacities and Functions’ (1964)
‘A Short History of Biology’ (1964)
‘Quick and Easy Math’ (1964)
‘Adding a Dimension’ (1964)
‘Planets for Man’ (1964)
‘The Rest of the Robots’ (1964)
‘Asimov’s Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology’ (1964)
‘A Short History of Chemistry’ (1965)
‘The Greeks: A Great Adventure’ (1965)
‘Of Time and Space and Other Things’ (1965)
‘An Easy Introduction to the Slide Rule’ (1965)
‘Fantastic Voyage’ (1966)
‘The Noble Gases’ (1966)
‘The Neutrino: Ghost Particle of the Atom’ (1966)
‘The Roman Republic’ (1966)
‘Understanding Physics’ (1966)
‘The Genetic Effects of Radiation’ (1966)
‘The Universe: From Flat Earth to Quasar’ (1966)
‘From Earth to Heaven’ (1966)
‘The Moon’ (1967)
‘Environments Out There’ (1967)
‘The Roman Empire’ (1967)
‘Through a Glass, Clearly’ (1967)
‘Is Anyone There?’ (1967)
‘To the Ends of the Universe’ (1967)
‘Mars’ (1967)
‘The Egyptians’ (1967)
‘Asimov’s Mysteries’ (1968)
‘Science, Numbers and I’ (1968)
‘Stars’ (1968)
‘Galaxies’ (1968)
‘The Near East: 10,000 Years of History’ (1968)
‘The Dark Ages’ (1968)
‘Asimov’s Guide to the Bible’ (1968)
‘Words from History’ (1968)
‘Photosynthesis’ (1969)
‘The Shaping of England’ (1969)
‘Nightfall and Other Stories’ (1969)
‘Asimov’s Guide to the Bible, Volume II’ (1969)
‘Opus 100’ (1969)
‘ABC’s of Space’ (1969)
‘The Solar System and Back’ (1970)
‘Asimov’s Guide to Shakespeare’ (1970)
‘Constantinople: The Forgotten Empire’ (1970)
‘ABC’s of the Ocean’ (1970)
‘Light’ (1970)
‘The Stars in Their Courses’ (1971)
‘What Makes the Sun Shine?’ (1971)
‘The Best New Thing’ (1971)
‘The Land of Canaan’ (1971)
‘ABC’s of the Earth’ (1971)
‘The Sensuous Dirty Old Man’ (1971)
‘Isaac Asimov’s Treasury of Humor’ (1971)
‘The Left Hand of the Electron’ (1972)
‘The Gods Themselves’ (1972)
‘More Words of Science’ (1972)
‘Electricity and Man’ (1972)
‘ABC’s of Ecology’ (1972)
‘The Early Asimov or, Eleven Years of Trying’ (1972)
‘The Shaping of France’ (1972)
‘The Story of Ruth’ (1972)
‘Ginn Science Program, Intermediate Levels A, B and C’ (1972)
‘Worlds Within Worlds’ (1972)
‘How Did We Find Out the Earth Is Round?’ (1973)
‘Comets and Meteors’ (1973)
‘The Sun’ (1973)
‘How Did We Find Out about Electricity?’ (1973)
‘The Shaping of North America: From Earliest Times to 1763’ (1973)
‘Today and Tomorrow and …’ (1973)
‘Jupiter, the Largest Planet’ (1973)
‘Ginn Science Program, Advanced Levels A and B’ (1973)
‘How Did We Find Out about Numbers?’ (1973)
‘Please Explain’ (1973)
‘The Tragedy of the Moon’ (1973)
‘How Did We Find Out about Dinosaurs?’ (1973)
‘Asimov on Astronomy’ (1974)
‘The Birth of the United States: 1763-1816’ (1974)
‘Have You Seen These?’ (1974)
‘Our World in Space’ (1974)
‘How Did We Find Out about Germs?’ (1974)
‘Tales of the Black Widowers’ (1974)
‘Earth: Our Crowded Spaceship’ (1974)
‘Asimov on Chemistry’ (1974)
‘How Did We Find Out about Vitamins?’ (1974)
‘Of Matters Great and Small’ (1975)
‘The Solar System’ (1975)
‘Our Federal Union: The United States from 1816 to 1865’ (1975)
‘How Did We Find Out about Comets?’ (1975)
‘Science Past, Science Future’ (1975)
‘Buy Jupiter and Other Stories’ (1975)
‘Eyes on the Universe: A History of the Telescope’ (1975)
‘Lecherous Limericks’ (1975)
‘The Heavenly Host’ (1975)
‘The Ends of the Earth: The Polar Regions of the World’ (1975)
‘How Did We Find Out about Energy?’ (1975)
‘The Dream: Benjamin’s Dream & Benjamin’s Bicentennial Blast’ (1976)
‘Asimov on Physics’ (1976)
‘Murder on the ABA’ (a.k.a. ‘Authorized Murder’) (1976)
‘How Did We Find Out about Atoms?’ (1976)
‘Good Taste’ (1976)
‘The Planet that Wasn’t’ (1976)
‘The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories’ (1976)
‘More Lecherous Limericks’ (1976)
‘More Tales of the Black Widowers’ (1976)
‘Alpha Centauri, the Nearest Star’ (1976)
‘How Did We Find Out about Nuclear Power?’ (1976)
‘The Collapsing Universe: The Story of Black Holes’ (1977)
‘Asimov on NUmbers’ (1977)
‘How Did We Find Out about Other Space?’ (1977)
‘Still More Lecherous Limericks’ (1977)
‘The Beginning and the End’ (1977)
‘Mars, the Red Planet’ (1977)
‘The Golden Door: The United States from 1865 to 1918’ (1977)
‘The Key Word and Other Mysteries’ (1977)
‘Asimov’s Sherlockian Limericks’ (1977)
‘Quasar, Quasar, Burning Bright’ (1978)
‘’How Did We Find Out about Earthquakes? (1978)
‘Animals of the Bible’ (1978)
‘Limericks: Too Gross; or Two Dozen Dirty Stanzas’ (1978)
‘How Did We Find Out about Black Holes?’ (1978)
‘Life and Time’ (1978)
‘Saturn and Beyond’ (1979)
‘Opus 200’ (1979)
‘In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov, 1920-1954’ (1979)
‘Extraterrestrial Civilizations’ (1979)
‘How Did We Find Out about Our Human Roots?’ (1979)
‘The Road to Infinity’ (1979)
‘A Choice of Catastrophes’ (1979)
‘Isaac Asimov’s Book of Facts’ (1979)
‘How Did We Find Out about Antarctica?’ (1979)
‘Casebook of the Black Widowers’ (1980)
‘How Did We Find Out about Oil?’ (1980)
‘In Joy Still Felt: The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov, 1954-1978’ (1980)
‘How Did We Find Out about Coal?’ (1980)
‘In the Beginning: Science Faces God in the Book of Genesis’ (1981)
‘Asimov on Science Fiction’ (1981)
‘Venus, Near Neighbor of the Sun’ (1981)
‘Three by Asimov’ (1981)
‘How Did We Find Out about Solar Power?’ (1981)
‘How Did We Find Out about Volcanoes?’ (1981)
‘Visions of the Universe’ (1981)
‘The Sun Shines Bright’ (1981)
‘Change! Seventy-one Glimpses of the Future’ (1981)
‘A Grossery of Limericks’ (1981)
‘How Did We Find Out about Life in the Deep Sea?’ (1982)
‘The Complete Robot’ (1982)
‘Exploring the Earth and the Cosmos’ (1982)
‘How Did We Find Out about the Beginning of Life?’ (1982)
‘Isaac Asimov Presents Superquiz’ (1982)
‘Foundation Edge’ (1982)
‘How Did We Find Out about the Universe?’ (1982)
‘Counting the Eons’ (1983)
‘The Winds of Change and Other Stories’ (1983)
‘The Roving Mind’ (1983)
‘The Measure of the Universe’ (1983)
‘The Union Club Mysteries’ (1983)
‘Norby, the Mixed-up Robot’ (1983)
‘The Robots of Dawn’ (1983)
‘How Did We Find Out about Genes?’ (1983)
‘Isaac Asimov Presents SuperquizII’ (1983)
‘X Stands for Unknown’ (1984)
‘Norby’s Other Secret’ (1984)
‘How Did We Find Out about Computers?’ (1984)
‘Opus 300’ (1984)
‘Banquets of the Black Widowers’ (1984)
‘Isaac Asimov’s Limericks for Children’ (1984)
‘How Did We Find Out about Robots?’ (1984)
‘Asimov’s Guide to Halley’s Comet’ (1985)
‘The Exploding Suns: The Secrets of the Supernovas’ (1985)
‘Norby and the Lost Princess’ (1985)
‘How Did We Find Out about the Atmosphere?’ (1985)
‘Living in the Future’ (1985)
‘Robots, Machines in Man’s Image’ (1985)
‘The Edge of Tomorrow’ (1985)
‘The Subatomic Monster’ (1985)
‘The Disappearing Man and Other Mysteries’ (1985)
‘Robots and Empire’ (1985)
‘Norby and the Invaders’ (1985)
‘It’s Such a Beautiful Day’ (1985)
‘How Did We Find Out about DNA?’ (1985)
‘The Dangers of Intelligence and Other Science Essays’ (1985)
‘The Alternate Asimovs’ (1986)
‘How Did We Find Out about the Speed of Light?’ (1986)
‘Futuredays: A Nineteenth-century Vision of the Year 2000’ (1986)
‘Science Fiction by Asimov’ (1986)
‘The Best Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov’ (1986)
‘The Best Mysteries of Isaac Asimov’ (1986)
‘Foundation and Earth’ (1986)
‘Robot Dreams’ (1986)
‘Norby and the Queen’s Necklace’ (1986)
‘Far as Human Eye Could See: Essays on Science’ (1987)
‘How Did We Find Out about Blood?’ (1987)
‘Past, Present and Future’ (1987)
‘Isaac Asimov Presents Superquiz III’ (1987)
‘How Did We Find Out about Sunshine?’ (1987)
‘How to Enjoy Writing: A Book of Aid and Comfort’ (1987)
‘Norby Finds a Villain’ (1987)
‘Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain’ (1987)
‘How Did We Find Out about the Brain?’ (1987)
‘Did Comets Kill the Dynosaurs?’ (1987)
‘Beginning: The Story of Origins of Mankind, Life, the Earth, the Universe’ (1987)
‘Other Worlds of Isaac Asimov’ (1987)
‘How Did We Find Out about Superconductivity?’ (1988)
‘Isaa Asimov’s Book of Science and Nature Quotations’ (1988)
‘The Relativity of Wrong’ (1988)
‘Prelude to Foundation’ (1988)
‘The Asteroids’ (1988)
‘The Earth’s Moon’ (1988)
‘Mars: Our Mysterious Neighbor’ (1988)
‘Our Milky Way and Other Galaxies’ (1988)
‘Quasars, Pulsars, and Black Holes’ (1988)
‘Rockets, Probes, and Satellites’ (1988)
‘Our Solar System’ (1988)
‘The Sun’ (1988)
‘Uranus: The Sideways Planet’ (1988)
‘History of Biology’ (1988)
‘Azazel’ (1988)
‘Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Story-a-Month 1989 Calendar’ (1988)
‘Saturn: The Ringed Beauty’ (1988)
‘How Was the Universe Born?’ (1988)
‘Earth: Our Home Base’ (1988)
‘Ancient Astronomy’ (1988)
‘Unidentified Flying Objects’ (1988)
‘Space Spotter’s Guide’ (1988)
‘Norby Down to Earth’(1988)
‘How Did We Find Out about Microwaves?’ (1989)
‘Asimov’s Galaxy: Reflections on Science Fiction’ (1989)
‘All the Troubles of the World’ (1989)
‘Franchise’ (1989)
‘Robbie’ (1989)
‘Sally’ (1989)‘’ (1989)
‘Is There Life on Other Planets?’ (1989)
‘Science Fiction, Science Fact’ (1989)
‘Mercury, The Quiet Planet’ (1989)
‘Space Garbage’ (1989)
‘Jupiter: The Spotted Giant’ (1989)
‘The Birth and Death of Stars’ (1989)
‘The Asimov Chronicles: Fifty Years of Isaac Asimov’ (1989)
‘History of Mathematics’ (1989)
‘Think about Space: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?’ (1989)
‘Isaac Asimov Presents Superquiz IV’ (1989)
‘The Tyrannosaurus Prescription: and One Hundred Other Sceince Essays’ (1989)
‘Asimov on Science: A 30 Year Retrospective 1959-1989’ (1989)
‘Nemesis’ (1989)
‘Asimov’s Chronology of Science and Discovery’ (1989)
‘How Did We Find Out about Photosynthesis?’ (1989)
‘The Complete Science Fair Handbooks’ (1989)
‘Little Treasury of Dynosaurs’ (1989) (5 books)
‘Norby and Yobo’s Great Adventure’ (1989)
‘Mythology and the Universe’ (1989)
‘Colonizing the Planets and the Stars’ (1989)
‘Astronomy Today’ (1989)
‘Pluto: A Double Planet’ (1989)
‘Piloted Space Flights’ (1989)
‘Comets and Meteors’ (1989)
‘Puzzles of the Black Widowers’ (1990)
‘Norby and the Oldest Dragon’ (1990)
‘Frontiers: New Discoveries about Man and His Planet, Outer Space and the Universe’ (1990)
‘Out of the Everywhere’ (1990)
‘Robot Visions’ (1990)
‘How Did We Find Out about Lasers?’ (1990)
‘Neptune: The Farthest Giant’ (1990)
‘Venus: A Shrouded Mystery’ (1990)
‘The World’s Space Programs’ (1990)
‘Nightfall’ (1990)
‘The Complete Stories Volume 1’ (1990)
‘How Did We Find Out about Neptune?’ (1990)
‘The March of the Milennia: A Key to Looking at History’ (1990)
‘Cal: A Short Story Written Exclusively for Members of the Isaac Asimov Collection’ (1990)
‘Norby and the Court Jester’ (1991)
‘The March of the Milennia: A Key to the Secret of the Universe’ (1991)
‘How Did We Find Out about Pluto?’ (1991)
‘Atom: Journey across the Subatomic Cosmos’ (1991)
‘Our Angry Earth: A Ticking Time Bomb’ (1991)
‘Why Do We Have Different Seasons?’ (1991)
‘Is Our Planet Warming up?’ (1991)
‘Why Is the Air Dirty?’ (1991)
‘Why Are Whales Vanishing?’ (1991)
‘Where Does Garbage Go?’ (1991)
‘What Causes Acid Rain?’ (1991)
‘What Is a Shooting Star?’ (1991)
‘Why DO Stars Twinkle?’ (1991)
‘Why Does the Moon Change Shape?’ (1991)
‘What Is an Eclipse?’ (1991)
‘Isaac Asimov’s Guide to Earth and Space’ (1991)
‘Asimov’s Chronology of the World’ (1991)
‘Christopher Columbus: Navigator of the New World’ (1991)
‘Ferdinand Magellan: Opening the Door to World Exploration’ (1991)
‘The Secret of the Universe’ (1991)
‘The Ugly Little Boy’ (1992)
‘Why Are Some Beaches Oily?’ (1992)
‘Why Are Animals Endangered?’ (1992)
‘Why Are the Rain Forests Vanishing?’ (1992)
‘Why Does Litter Cause Problems?’ (1992)
‘Asimov Laughs Again: More than 700 Favorite Jokes, Limericks, and Anecdotes’ (1992)
‘Forward the Foundation’ (1993)
‘The Positronic Man’ (1993)
‘What’s Happening to the Ozone Layer?’ (1993)
‘The Future in Space’ (1993)
‘Frontiers II: More Recent Discoveries about Life, Earth, Space, and the Universe’ (1993)
‘I. Asimov: A Memoir’ (1994)
‘Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection’ (1995)
‘Yours, Isaac Asimov’ (1995)
‘Magic: The Final Fantasy Collection’ (1996)
‘It’s Been a Good Life’ (2002)
‘The Return of the Black Widowers’ (2003)