Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction

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Scarecrow Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 288 pages
Harvard's George C. Simpson called the late Isaac Asimov "one of our natural wonders and national resources," for his hundreds of nonfiction works on science, mathematics, history, and literature. Asimov, however, is best known as a science fiction writer. This second edition, Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction, updates and expands science fiction scholar James Gunn's definitive, Hugo Award-winning critical volume about Asimov and his contributions to the science fiction genre. A concluding chapter analyzes Asimov's best-sellers. Those interested in Asimov and science fiction will want Gunn's study, with its insider's look at the most prolific author of the twentieth century, its chronology, selected list of critical works, and bibliography. Paperback version available 2005.
 

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Contents

I Asimov
1
The Foundations of Science Fiction
21
Variations upon a Robot
41
The Short Stories
67
The Robot Novels
91
The Other Novels
121
The Stuff Itself
161
The BestSelling Author
189
Chronology
227
Checklist of Works
231
Select List of Works
247
An Interview
249
Index
269
About the Author
277
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About the author (1996)

James Gunn is a retired professor of English at the University of Kansas and Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. He has written twelve novels, five collections of short stories, and Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History of Science Fiction. Gunn is the 24th writer recognized by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America as a Grand Master.

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