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review 2019-08-17 18:41
SF Fandom: "Astounding John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction" by Alec Nevala-Lee
Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction - Alec Nevala-Lee

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

"In 1963, Asimov argued that science fiction appealed to an existing type of curious reader, but today, it seems more likely to subtly alter the way in which we all think and feel."


In "Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction" by Alec Nevala-Lee

"'How long has this racket been going on? And why didn't anybody tell me about it sooner'"

Heinlein to Campbell after selling "Life-Line" in 1939, In "Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction" by Alec Nevala-Lee

"'There are about five consistent, adult science fiction writers in the business: de Camp, Heinlein, Hubbard, van Vogt, and, if he'll only work at it a little, del Rey.'"

In a letter from Campbell to Heinlein, In "Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction" by Alec Nevala-Lee


I started reading science fiction in the '80s. I never enjoyed the Hubbard stories I read in anthologies. Then I found out about Dianetics. His self-created biography including multiple resurrections was more fantastic than any of his fiction. :-) Campbell, as many have observed, took science fiction to “another level”. I'm a little surprised Andre Norton was omitted in this write-up.

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review 2019-06-08 17:13
The End of Eternity
The End of Eternity - Isaac Asimov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isaac Asimov undoubtedly had a truly very vivid imagination as far as the future of our world and future of the human race was concerned, and he also had this truly valuable gift to completely change and completely transform that vivid imagination into truly brilliant, if not overly spectacular writing without which he would never have enriched the world the way he had enriched it. It truly is amazing and it truly is admirable what this man could do with the power he had within his beautiful mind, and it's even more amazing and even more admirable the way he could write his fictional characters and bring each and every single one of them to life in such a truly mesmerizing way that any avid reader of his novels could truly connect to and connect with each and every single one of them on a very personal level. I believe that's what made him and what still makes him one of the best science-fiction writers of our time, because rare science-fiction writers could see the future of our world and future of the human race the way he could see it. In this truly remarkable addition to his collection and never-ending legacy of all the science-fiction masterpieces he had written, he pretty much showed the world the way he could see the future of time-travel to someday unfold, and he did it in a very brilliant way, the kind of way that shall definitely amaze you as much as it amazed me. So feel free to get yourself one of his masterpieces - doesn't have to be this one - for they are all great, and they shall all leave you pretty much dumbfounded.   

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review 2019-04-16 19:14
Review of I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
I, Robot - Isaac Asimov

Well it turns out that other than having robots and the idea of the Rules for robots, the movie had little else in common with the book. It reminds me of World War Z and how other than having zombies, the movie had nothing in common with the book except the title.

 

The book was not what I expected. It was more of a study of what could happen if society created robots/machines with specific rules like they cannot hurt people. Each chapter was like a scenario that humans would have to figure out why machines were acting the way they did based on the established rules. It ends with a scenario where a robot has been perfected to the point where humans cannot decide if it is a person or a machine.

 

I enjoyed the thought exercise. It was my first Asmiov book and while I didn't think it was great literature, I enjoyed it enough where I will certainly read more of his work in the future.

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review 2019-03-29 20:25
The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories
The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories - Isaac Asimov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isaac Asimov truly was one of the best science fiction writers of the last century and shall remain so hopefully for many future generations to come, for his writings and his works are truly phenomenal, truly amazing, and truly extraordinary, and deserve to be read not just for many years to come but for an eternity. I can still remember how amazed I was by it when I was going through Foundation series, and this book's or this story's truly is no different, such a wonderful and such a magnificent story that brought tears to my eyes, even more tears than an actual movie, which was also good and comes highly recommendable. I have no other words to say, I can only hope that you shall see and read this masterpiece and that you shall not only learn the true meaning behind loyalty and the true meaning behind caring and everlasting love.

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review 2019-03-09 15:45
Snakes and Ladders Roll 5
Prelude to Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #1) - Isaac Asimov

 

How it all began.  Asimov spins a good tale without drowning the reader in heavy science.

I might have to re-read the Robot stories as refresher for the connections.

 

Roll 2 dice:  10

36. Set in Central or South America

 

 

1. Author is a woman :  League of Dragons  by Naomi Novik

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H. : Winter in Eden by Harry Harrison

13. Author is a man : Return to Eden by Harry Harrison

22. Set in Asia: The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long: Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov

36. Set in Central or South America

 

 

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