Genre of the Month, September - Nonfiction

Isaav Asimov: More Than Robots


When you hear the name Isaac Asimov many of you will think of the three laws of robotics and that he only wrote about robots (Bicentennial Man and I, Robot). In his seventy-two years of life he wrote over 500 books in 9 out of 10 of the major Dewey Decimal Classifications. He wrote his set of encyclopedias, books on religion, astronomy, mathematics, animal welfare, and the environment. He even invented psychohistory, a science which combines history, sociology, and mathematical statistics.

Nothing about Isaac Asimov is simple, starting from his birth. He was born sometime between October 4, 1919 and January 2, 1920, but he celebrated his birthday on January 2nd. He was born in Petrovichi, Soviet Russia. He was the oldest of three children. With the change in political power, his family moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1923. His name in Cyrillic was Исаак Озимов and translated was Isaak Ozimov. Due its pronunciation, it was eventually changed to Isaac Asimov. He never spoke Russian. His parents spoke Yiddish and went on to learn English in America. He was raised an Orthodox Jew but was an Atheist.