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If you were to take a census amongst non-SF readers to name a science-fiction writer the chances are that youd end up with a two-horse race Without conducting such a survey I could still guarantee that the two names heading the list would be Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke There would certainly be other names on the list but these two are far and above the best-known science-fiction writers in the world Well leave Arthur Clarke for another day and this time concentrate on that prolific powerhouse Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov - and do please note the spelling its not Issac or Azimov as has so often appeared in print even on his stories - must be ranked among the worlds most prolific writers His book total now exceeds 300 and this was written in 1986 - BB Recently hes taken to co-editing a range of science-fiction and fantasy anthologies which helps shortcut the process but his output is no less impressive for that The bulk of his books are non-fiction dealing with subjects ranging through all of the physical sciences and on to and including geography mythology history and the Bible Shakespeare and even such titles as The Sensuous Dirty Old man Walker 1971 and Lecherous Limericks Walker 1975 But it was as a SF writer that Isaac Asimov first came to fame and how he is best known today and its this career that I would like to concentrate on Although now an American national Isaac Asimov was Russian by birth He was born in the village of Petrovitch near Smolensk on January 2nd 1920 At least thats the day he celebrates although the exact date was never recorded It is further confused by the period when Russia was at last phasing out the old Julian calendar and adopting the Gregorian Perhaps it was all this that gave Isaac Asimov his fascination for dates and his delight in
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