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PART ISocial science fictionScience fiction is a term familiar to many people This is especially true due to the tremendous influence of television But the term social science fiction although not heard too often is a term is descriptive of most of todays science fiction literatureBut what does it meanSocial science fiction is the term given to literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance upon human beings1 It is to be set apart from the adventure or gadget science fiction which is characterized by simplistic plots and flat characters Social science fiction is concerned with the problems presented to humanity by technology and scienceThis theme can be seen readily throughout many of Isaac Asimovs science fiction works But Mr Asimov was not too concerned with the problems of atomic power or overpopulation when he was three years oldAsimov was born in Russia in the year 1920 He and his parents emigrated to the United States when Isaac was three years old Upon arriving young Asimov wasted little time in beginning his writing career He had taught himself to read and by the age of seven he had his own library card2 But of the two books he was allowed to take out only one of them could be fiction Thus Isaac took a liking to many science and history books and his amazingly retentive memory allowed him to recall many of the things he readBecause of his excellent reading habits and his superb memory Asimov was considered brilliant when he entered school A grade of 95 from a person capable of 100 was considered a poor grade by Isaacs father Although he was an excellent student Asimov was frequently bored by school In order to escape boredom he would create stories in class for himself and others Although he did this verbally at first he began writing down his stories at the age of eleven Yet these in-class activities did not distract
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