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  1. says:

    To begin with, I think one has to be a serious Isaac Asimov fan in order to be willing to slog through over 1400 pages of his two part autobiography This book, and the volume 1 companion, In memory yet green which I read years ago , are definitely not for the faint of heart, or the casual reader.Having said that, I really enjoyed this book I have always enjoyed Isaac Asimov s writing style both his Sci Fi stuff, as well as his non fiction science writing I m also old enough to remember Asimov s presence at Sci Fi conventions, and occasional TV appearances, and was curious what this man who wrote so prodigiously was really like Was he kind of a writing savant Did he have any interests outside of writing Did he have an ego as big as his book cover photos and author bios sometimes suggested When there is an author I thoroughly enjoy, like Asimov, it is nice to get some background on the personal life Here Asimov provides it in droves To be sure, Asimov does not tell the whole story of his divorce, etc But you get a good glimpse into his writing habits, where he got his ideas, the evolution of the publishing industry over the 50 years he covers, the birth and growth of fandom conventions over the same years, etc I actually had a collection of his Sci Fi short stories next to me, and when ever he would mention writing a certain story in his autobiography where the idea came from, where the story was first published, etc , I would read read the short story This proved to me to be a great way to follow Asimovs life.Again, this book is likely not for everyone But I enjoyed it.


  2. says:

    I loved Asimov ever since I came across Second Foundation and Currents of Space at the age of 8 or 9, nearly 60 years ago His character as the Good Doctor in his introduction to his science articles in the Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction read by me in the many collective volumes has probably done to shape me than anything else in my life.His writing is unputdownable regardless the subject he his writing about His autobiographies just provide a huge amount to read Much of what he writes in his autobiography he has told elsewhere in snippets in his introduction to his and others books for example but to have it altogether, in order and greater detail is great.He was the great rationalist but has always come across as very likeable and human His second wife Janet apparently felt the first two volumes of his autobiography were too detailed, I must disagree.


  3. says:

    More of the same, continuing from the first volume.Still a bit too much recitation of stories sold, and even now, talks given, and the sometimes lifeless description of the journeys too and fro As Asimov ages and remarries, however, he becomes a bit adventurous with his travels, and when he veers into the narration of what he does beyond selling stories and giving talks, the book becomes that interesting and entertaining.As the book ends with hints of lessening health, I looked ahead to I, Asimov, sneaking a peak as to why it wasn t continuing with the title and, presumably, tone of the previous books There on the back cover of the first edition hardcover, his dates of birth and death, and in the spied upon introduction, talk of his ill health I stopped with no than a glance and am looking forward to the next, last volume as, hopefully, revealing of the person rather than the work done by the person , but sad in the knowledge of what I presume and I m guessing at this point is his own knowledge of they story ending soon after or during the writing.Anyway, I guess that s all irrelevant of this book, and, depending on how the last volume goes, maybe I just wrote part of my review for that back before even reading it Huh.


  4. says:

    This is the second volume of Asimov s 2 volume autobiography Asimov kept a diary for yearsnad the book is quite detailed over 1,000 pages.But as a man who make a living writing on muliple subjects fiction and non fiction Asimov s skilled write and clear prose style makes this book read quickly.Asimov is a great storyteller, and tells many interesting anecdotes and stories Again, as in the first volume of his auto biography In memory Yet Green , the subject is not just Asimov hosmelf.There are many detailsabout current events of the period lots of infomrmation about academia the publishing industry, and, especially other well known names in the Science Fiction community Asimov was was freinds with Heinlein, Clarke, Niven, Ellison, Silverberg, both Lester and Judy Lynn Del Rey and numerous others This book is packedwith a great deal of interesting information.A must for any Asimov fan, many Sf readers would enjoy it also Fans of history and biography also might find it of interest.


  5. says:

    I have always enjoyed Isaac Asimov s writing style and envied his breadth of knowledge In other words, I went into this book fully expecting to enjoy myself.I did.Asimov s conversational style is just easy for me to read It s like talking to a dear friend, who is utterly fascinating, even though he is especially fascinated with himself He brought me up to date on what happened in Volume 1, and gave hints about what happens In Volume 3.Did I mention that he is also fascinated with himself Four volumes worth I look forward to eventually reading Volume 1, but I don t think I will get to 3 or 4 I would much rather revisit some of his fiction, and introduce myself to some that I haven t read I might tackle his history of the Roman Empire.In all this, I suspect that I will enjoy reading his material even than I normally would have I have clues about where it fit into his own life story.


  6. says:

    FINISHED THIS HUGE BOOK This book follows the equally gigantic tome IN MEMORY YET GREEN Good titles I m skipping that one In IN JOY STILL FELT, his descriptions of everyday events is fascinating somehow I need to get my own copy after I take this back to the library UPDATE Got one really cheap cheap on ebay It s the hardback with a plastic cover Nice Eleven bucks including postage.I, ASIMOV is his third and smaller autobiography, and I ll read that next Like I, ROBOT get it Har.


  7. says:

    I m on about page 600 now This book follows the equally gigantic tome IN MEMORY YET GREEN Good titles I m skipping that one In IN JOY STILL FELT, his descriptions of everyday events is fascinating somehow I need to get my own copy after I take this back to the library.I, ASIMOV is his third and smaller autobiography, and I ll read that next Like I, ROBOT get it Har.


  8. says:

    Perhaps one of the most honest autobiographies I have ever read Contains not only the accomplishments and self praises but many of Asimov s weaknesses and foibles as well It may seem too self centered for many readers, but it can be very entertaining for those who appreciate his candor and sense of humor.


  9. says:

    I was browsing the library shelves when I discovered this wonderful book I loved all the pictures and the wonderful tidbits about the sci fi authors I grew up reading, many of them who have since passed away.


  10. says:

    A wealth of information is contained within I can t wait to read the other 2 books in the series.


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