YOURS, ISAAC ASIMOV
A LIFETIME OF LETTERSEdited by Stanley Asimov
(1996, Main Street Books)
A sampling of letters from Asimov to many people, including many of his fans, showing his beliefs and opinions in life.
-- 2nd reading (trade paperback)
Asimov was from a more optimistic era, when things seemed a lot simpler. I love his writing style, though I also enjoy other authors who create more complicated stories. His attitudes are unabashed and unashamed, though they show the era in which he lived. I don’t think he’s like the current era, with its pessimism, isolationism and political correctness. He knew he was popular; there was no use being humble about it. So he took advantage of it, and he gave back to the scientific and SF community. What struck me most was the way he described SF vs sci-fi, his attitude about writing -especially in the way everything makes sense at the end and how most of his characters are intelligent, and the fact that he responded to almost every single letter he received.Spoiler review:
I feel a connection with Asimov He
was the first author that I became obsessed over, trying to read every SF
book he’d ever written. I don’t think I even came close. But I’ve read his
classics, from the Robot novels, the Galactic Empire novels, and of course
the Foundation novels -all of them. I’ve also read The Gods Themselves,
which is truly inspiring, and The End of Eternity, which is very similar in
several aspects, to George Orwell’s 1984. I’ve also read a lot of his short
fiction, even before I started recording the books that I’ve read, which
eventually morphed into this website.
-- First reading (trade paperback)
This was such familiar territory, I'm sure I'll read this again and again. I felt as if I was peering into Asimov's study, watching his life go by, and he didn't mind. Now I have to read his biography!
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