It's been a good life
As one of the most gifted and prolific writers of the twentieth century, Isaac Asimov became legendary for his inexhaustible creativity, wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, and talent for explaining complex subjects in clear, concise prose. While regaling his readers with an incredible opus of almost five hundred entertaining and illuminating science fiction and nonfiction books, he also found time to write a three-volume autobiography. Now these volumes have been condensed into one by Asimov's wife, Janet, who also shares excerpts from letters he wrote to her. Together these writings provide an intimate portrait of a creative genius whose love of learning and playing with ideas is evident on every page.
Reading this autobiography is like sitting down with Isaac Asimov and experiencing his witty, engaging, and brilliant personality firsthand. We are treated to many marvelous stories about his upbringing in Depression-era Brooklyn, his early fascination with the new science fiction pulp magazines, the thrill of his first published story, the creation of his well-known story "Nightfall, " the genesis of the Foundation series, and the evolution of his creative life as a writer.
He also reveals his inner thoughts about and experiences with various luminaries in science and science fiction. Above all, Asimov's autobiography conveys unbounded enthusiasm for his craft, the infectious joy of learning and creating, complete intellectual honesty, his strong humanist convictions, and his infinite fund of good humor and optimism even at the end of his life -- all told in the lively clear writing style that was his trademark.
Although Janet Jeppson Asimov concludes this work with a shockingrevelation about her husband's death, the volume is clearly intended as a celebration -- as the title suggests -- of a wonderful, creative life. As a poignant coda to this work, Janet has appended one short story that was Isaac's favorite, and his 400th essay on his thoughts about science.
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Review: It's Been a Good LifeUser Review - Steve Boyko - Goodreads
I've always liked reading Asimov and this was no exception. It's basically a collection of essays, letters and other works by Isaac, edited by his wife into a reasonably coherent book. I learned a few ... Read full review
Review: It's Been a Good LifeUser Review - Doc Kinne - Goodreads
Magnificent! That is the only word. As I get older I find that I like biographies more & more, and this biography is a good reason as to why that is true. Dr. Asimov was a Humanitarian Treasure. Read this book to find out why! Read full review