I.Asimov: A Memoir by Isaac Asimov

By Isaac Asimov

Arguably the best technology fiction author who ever lived, Isaac Asimov additionally possessed probably the most tremendous and unique minds of our time. His available sort and far-reaching pursuits in topics starting from technology to humor to historical past earned him the nickname "the nice Explainer." I. Asimov is his own story--vivid, open, and honest--as merely Asimov himself may well inform it.

Here is the tale of the paradoxical genius who wrote of go back and forth to the celebs but refused to fly in airplanes; who imagined alien universes and giant galactic civilizations whereas staying domestic to jot down; who compulsively authored greater than 470 books but nonetheless stumbled on the time to percentage his rules with a few of the nice minds of our century. listed below are his wide-ranging techniques and sharp-eyed observations on every thing from faith to politics, love and divorce, friendship and Hollywood, popularity and mortality. right here, too, is a riveting behind-the-scenes examine the numerous personalities--Campbell, Ellison, Heinlein, Clarke, del Rey, Silverberg, and others--who in addition to Asimov contributed to shaping technology fiction.

As precise and irrepressible because the guy himself, I. Asimov  is the candid memoir of an incomparable expertise who entertained readers for almost part a century and whose paintings would definitely suffer into the longer term he so vividly expected.

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I remember the tahona, the enormous mill or wheel to grind coffee, a stone weighing several tons. It must have taken God and his Apostles to climb the hills of Río Negro with the wheel on muleback. The Hacienda was a mythical place for Mother. She had spent long periods of time there as a little girl. But the house lost its charm when don Andrés Grillasca, Ponce’s mayor, bought it. They say that Luis Muñoz Marín joined his drinking buddies there for a good time. Don Ton Ton also owned Hacienda Albina in the valley of Lajas.

They all looked alike. They had the same long neck, Greek nose, and a strange way of walking as if gliding on water. The people of Mayagüez called my grandfather the Zeus of Guanajibo Abajo, father of the eight Ledas from Olympus. But the swans had their grotesque counterparts in the half dozen gaggling geese that grazed around the house. The ferocious geese attacked any unsuspecting stranger that inadvertently entered the garden, running after him, their orange maws wide open. Rosario Ferré 47 A wall more than twelve feet high surrounded the four acres of land and separated the house from the terrible reality of Puerto Rico at the time.

He was 24 years old and a native of Corsica from the rural Sisco peninsula. He married Monserrate Martínez, daughter of a landowner from the town of Peñuelas. I discovered Estéfano’s story after a visit with the architect Enrique Vivoni, who was director of the School of Architecture at UPR. Enrique was in Corsica and did research on the houses of Puerto Rican Corsicans there. During his stay on Corsica he discovered some letters containing Estéfano’s tragic story. I have a copy of those documents as well as his order of imprisonment.

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