Been very busy but did think it apropos, to just remind all my readers, that National Science Fiction Day is always January 2nd every year–it’s Isaac Asimov’s birthday. Well as much as can be remembered….you see back in , Russia. Way back in 1919 in that area, records just weren’t like our own nowadays, and his real birthday was between October 4th, 1919 and January 2, 1920. He always celebrated it on January 2nd and who are we to disagree with one of the BIG THREE SciFi writers of the golden age (the other two are who?).
I think about him often. I think that I just was not confident enough to call him or write to him or his agent, just to tell him how much I loved his work. And loved it enough to have my own bookshelf with two rows of his works. When I found him, he had just published The Naked Sun. And as I read it for the first time, I was stunned by his complete world-building including robots. Robots. Never heard of them.
But after The Naked Sun in the late fifties, I went and bugged my Dad so much that he offered to let me cut the grass to earn the few dollars it would take to buy the rest of his robot series. Soon, The Caves of Steel, was on that bookshelf, then The Robots of Dawn, Robots and Empire, Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foundation, Foundation and Earth and more. I remember being un-able to find the short story Mirror Image but did about a decade later.
Yes, I know. this blog piece is the rambling about a SciFi writer who passed away twenty five years ago.
But he was such an important writer for me. And for millions of other readers too. What followed of course was his classic Foundation Series and that I’ll reserve for another blog post.
So….happy belated birthday Isaac….when I get to where you are, I’ll buy the first round lad. Maybe the second one too!