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Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov
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I, Robot I, Robot is a collection of nine science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov, first published by Gnome Press in 1950 in an edition of 5,000 copies. The stories originally appeared in the American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction between 1940 and 1950. The stories are woven together as Dr. Susan Calvin tells them to a reporter (the narrator) in the 21st century. Several of the stories feature the character of Dr. Contents[edit] Reception[edit] The New York Times described I, Robot as "an exciting science thriller [which] could be fun for those whose nerves are not already made raw by the potentialities of the atomic age Publication history[edit] Dramatic adaptations[edit] Television[edit] Films[edit] Ellison screenplay[edit] 2004 film[edit] Video game[edit] Popular culture references[edit] In 2004 The Saturday Evening Post said that I, Robot's Three Laws "revolutionized the science fiction genre and made robots far more interesting than they ever had been before

The Last Question History[edit] The story was first adapted for the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University in 1966 featuring the voice of Leonard Nimoy, as Asimov wrote in his autobiography In Joy Still Felt. It was adapted for the Strasenburgh Planetarium in Rochester, New York in 1969, under the direction of Ian C. McLennan. It played at the Hayden Planetarium in the Boston Museum of Science and in the historic Fels Planetarium of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in the 1970s. A reading of the story can also be periodically heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra in the United Kingdom. Plot summary[edit] The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The story deals with the development of computers called Multivacs and their relationships with humanity through the courses of seven historic settings, beginning in 2061. The story jumps forward in time into newer and newer eras of human and scientific development.

Leigh Brackett Life[edit] Leigh Brackett was born December 7, 1915 in Los Angeles, California and grew up there. On December 31, 1946, at age 31, she married Edmond Hamilton in San Gabriel, California, and moved with him to Kinsman, Ohio. She died of cancer in 1978 in Lancaster, California.[1] Career[edit] Author[edit] Brackett was first published in her mid-twenties. Brackett's first novel, No Good from a Corpse, published in 1944, was a hard-boiled mystery novel in the tradition of Raymond Chandler. In 1946, the same year that Brackett married science fiction author Edmond Hamilton, Planet Stories published the novella "Lorelei of the Red Mist". Brackett returned from her break from science-fiction writing, caused by her cinematic endeavors, in 1948. Brackett's stories thereafter adopted a more elegiac tone. This last story was published in the very last issue (Summer 1955) of Planet Stories, always Brackett's most reliable market for science fiction. Brackett's Solar System[edit] Screenwriter[edit]

Robert A. Heinlein Robert Anson Heinlein (/ˈhaɪnlaɪn/ HYN-lyn;[1][2][3] July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers",[4] he was one of the most influential and controversial authors of the genre in his time. He set a standard for scientific and engineering plausibility, and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was one of the first science fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. A notable writer of science fiction short stories, Heinlein was one of a group of writers who came to prominence under the editorship of John W. Life[edit] Birth and childhood[edit] Heinlein was born on July 7, 1907 to Rex Ivar Heinlein (an accountant) and Bam Lyle Heinlein, in Butler, Missouri. [edit] California[edit] In 1934, Heinlein was discharged from the Navy due to pulmonary tuberculosis. Author[edit] WikiMiniAtlas When Robert A. Later life and death[edit]

Arthur C. Clarke Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS (Sri Lankabhimanya Arthur Charles Clarke) (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction writer, science writer,[3] inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host.[4] Clarke was a lifelong proponent of space travel. In 1934 while still a teenager, he joined the British Interplanetary Society. Clarke was also a science writer, who was both an avid populariser of space travel and a futurist of uncanny ability, who won a Kalinga Prize (award given by Unesco for popularising science) in 1961. Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka in 1956, largely to pursue his interest in scuba diving.[12] That year he discovered the underwater ruins of the ancient Koneswaram temple in Trincomalee. Clarke augmented his fame later on in the 1980s, by being the host of several television shows such as Arthur C. He lived in Sri Lanka until his death. Biography[edit] Early years[edit] World War II[edit] Postwar[edit] Sexuality[edit] Everyone knew he was gay.

I Am Legend (novel) Neville survives by barricading himself by sunset inside his house, further protected by garlic, mirrors, and crucifixes. Swarms of vampires, led by Neville's neighbor, Ben Cortman, regularly surround his house, trying to find ways to get inside. During the day, he scavenges for supplies and searches out the inactive vampires, driving stakes into their hearts to kill them. He finds brief solace in a stray dog that finds its way to his house. Desperate for company, Neville slowly earns the dog's trust with food and brings it into the house. Despite his efforts, the dog proves to be infected and dies a week later. Neville also discovers more efficient means of killing the vampires, other than just driving a stake into their hearts. After three years, Neville sees an apparently uninfected woman, Ruth, abroad in the daylight, and captures her. When he wakes, Neville discovers a note from Ruth confessing that she is actually infected and that Neville was responsible for her husband's death.

The Subtle Knife Plot summary[edit] Lyra revisits Dr. Malone the next day, but after accepting a ride from the well-dressed Sir Charles Latrom, she discovers that Sir Charles has stolen her alethiometer and she asks Will to help her retrieve it. When Lyra and Will confront Sir Charles, he readily admits that he has stolen the alethiometer and blackmails the pair into retrieving a mysterious knife from Cittàgazze in exchange for its return. They defeat the youth who holds the knife but Will receives a distinctive wound – the loss of two fingers – which the knife's true guardian explains as the sign that he is now the next true guardian of the Subtle Knife, a tool that cuts windows between worlds and cuts easily through anything – both material and spiritual. He explains further that this world is haunted by soul-eating Spectres, which prey on older children and adults but are invisible to children of their age, and that the knife must not fall into Sir Charles' hands. Mrs. Critical reception[edit] [edit]

Lucius Shepard Lucius Shepard (August 21, 1943 – March 18, 2014) was an American writer. Classified as a science fiction and fantasy writer, he often leaned into other genres, such as magical realism. His work is infused with a political and historical sensibility and an awareness of literary antecedents. Career[edit] A native of Lynchburg, Virginia where he was born in 1943,[1] Shepard's first short stories appeared in 1983, and his first novel, Green Eyes, appeared in 1984. At the time, he was considered part of the cyberpunk movement. Lucius Shepard resided in Portland, Oregon. Themes and evolution[edit] Shepard stopped writing fiction for much of the 1990s. Much of Shepard's later work was non-fiction. According to fellow author James Patrick Kelly, Shepard was an avid sports fan who has often used dramatic sports moments as inspiration to write.[7] In the summer of 2008, he moved to Neuchatel, Switzerland in order to work on several screenplays. He died in March 2014 at the age of 70.[8][1]

Rendezvous with Rama Rendezvous with Rama is a hard science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke first published in 1972. Set in the 22nd century, the story involves a 50-kilometre (31 mi) cylindrical alien starship that enters Earth's solar system. Plot summary[edit] After a major disaster caused by a meteorite falling in Northeast Italy in 2077, the government of Earth sets up the Spaceguard system as an early warning of arrivals from deep space. The manned solar survey vessel Endeavour is sent to study Rama, as it is the only ship close enough to do so in the brief period Rama will spend in our solar system. One of the crew members, Jimmy Pak, who has experience with low gravity skybikes, volunteers to ride a smuggled skybike along Rama's axis to the far end, otherwise inaccessible due to the cylindrical sea and the 500-m high cliff on the opposite shore. When Pak wakes up, he sees a crab-like creature picking up his skybike and chopping it into pieces. Ending[edit] And on far-off Earth, Dr. Reception[edit]

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