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Full title I. Asimov: A Memoir [permalink]
Language English
Author Isaac Asimov (author)
Publisher Bantam Books
Category Autobiography
Publication year 1995
Original publication year 1994
ISBN 0-553-56997-X [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 578
Synopsis

This is Asimov's third and last autobiography, started in early 1990 after a complicated operation, and finished in May 1990 (Asimov died in 1992). His two previous autobiographies are called In Memory Yet Green and In Joy Still Felt, and their titles, Asimov tells in this book, are from a poem by Asimov himself:

"In memory yet green, in joy still felt
The scenes of life rise sharply into view.
We triumph; Life's disasters are undealt,
And while all else is old, the world is new."

From this, Asimov wanted to call this third volume The Scenes of Life, but sadly that title didn't survive editorial tampering.

Review

This is a more or less chronological account of Asimov's life, arranged in 166 smallish chapters, each dealing with a different subject or person (Asimov had a lot of well-known friends), and everything is thoroughly entertaining. If you pick up this book, I promise you'll have a hard time putting it down.

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Structure [Toggle visibility]
  • Introduction
  • 1. Infant Prodigy?
  • 2. My Father
  • 3. My Mother
  • 4. Marcia
  • 5. Religion
  • 6. My Name
  • 7. Anti-Semitism
  • 8. Library
  • 9. Bookworm
  • 10. School
  • 11. Growing Up
  • 12. Long Hours
  • 13. Pulp Fiction
  • 14. Science Fiction
  • 15. Beginning to Write
  • 16. Humiliation
  • 17. Failure
  • 18. The Futurians
  • 19. Frederik Pohl
  • 20. Cyril M. Kornbluth
  • 21. Donald Allen Wollheim
  • 22. Early Sales
  • 23. John Wood Campbell, Jr.
  • 24. Robert Anson Heinlein
  • 25. Lyon Sprague de Camp
  • 26. Clifford Donald Simak
  • 27. Jack Williamson
  • 28. Lester del Rey
  • 29. Theodore Sturgeon
  • 30. Graduate School
  • 31. Women
  • 32. Heartbreak
  • 33. "Nightfall"
  • 34. As World War II Begins
  • 35. Master of Arts
  • 36. Pearl Harbor
  • 37. Marriage and Problems
  • 38. In-Laws
  • 39. NAES
  • 40. Life at War's End
  • 41. Games
  • 42. Acrophobia
  • 43. Claustrophobia
  • 44. Ph.D. and Public Speaking
  • 45. Postdoctorate
  • 46. Job Hunting
  • 47. The Big Three
  • 48. Arthur Charles Clarke
  • 49. More Family
  • 50. First Novel
  • 51. New Job at Last
  • 52. Doubleday
  • 53. Gnome Press
  • 54. Boston University School of Medicine
  • 55. Scientific Papers
  • 56. Novels
  • 57. Nonfiction
  • 58. Children
  • 59. David
  • 60. Robyn
  • 61. Off the Cuff
  • 62. Horace Leonard Gold
  • 63. Country Living
  • 64. Automobile
  • 65. Fired!
  • 66. Prolificity
  • 67. Writer's Problems
  • 68. Critics
  • 69. Humor
  • 70. Literary Sex and Censorship
  • 71. Doomsday
  • 72. Style
  • 73. Letters
  • 74. Plagiarism
  • 75. Science Fiction Conventions
  • 76. Anthony Boucher
  • 77. Randall Garrett
  • 78. Harlan Ellison
  • 79. Hal Clement
  • 80. Ben Nova
  • 81. Over My Head
  • 82. Farewell to Science Fiction
  • 83. The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • 84. Janet
  • 85. Mystery Novels
  • 86. Lawrence P. Ashmead
  • 87. Overweight
  • 88. More Conventions
  • 89. Guide to Science
  • 90. Indexes
  • 91. Titles
  • 92. Essay Collections
  • 93. Histories
  • 94. Reference Library
  • 95. Boston University Collection
  • 96. Anthologies
  • 97. Headnotes
  • 98. My Own Hugos
  • 99. Walker & Company
  • 100. Failures
  • 101. Teenagers
  • 102. Al Capp
  • 103. Oases
  • 104. Judy-Lynn del Rey
  • 105. The Bible
  • 106. Hundredth Book
  • 107. Death
  • 108. Life After Death
  • 109. Divorce
  • 110. Second Marriage
  • 111. Guide to Shakespeare
  • 112. Annotations
  • 113. New In-Laws
  • 114. Hospitalizations
  • 115. Cruises
  • 116. Janet's Books
  • 117. Hollywood
  • 118. Star Trek Conventions
  • 119. Short Mysteries
  • 120. Trap Door Spiders
  • 121. Mensa
  • 122. The Dutch Treat Club
  • 123. The Baker Street Irregulars
  • 124. The Gilbert & Sullivan Society
  • 125. Other Clubs
  • 126. American Way
  • 127. Rensselaerville Institute
  • 128. Mohonk Mountain House
  • 129. Travel
  • 130. Foreign Travel
  • 131. Martin Harry Greenberg
  • 132. Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
  • 133. Autobiography
  • 134. Heart Attack
  • 135. Crown Publishers
  • 136. Simon & Schuster
  • 137. Marginal Items
  • 138. Nightfall, Inc.
  • 139. Hugh Downs
  • 140. Best-seller
  • 141. Out of the Past
  • 142. Word Processor
  • 143. Police
  • 144. Heinz Pagels
  • 145. New Robot Novels
  • 146. Robyn Again
  • 147. Triple Bypass
  • 148. Azazel
  • 149. Fantastic Voyage II
  • 150. Limousines
  • 151. Humanists
  • 152. Senior Citizen
  • 153. More About Doubleday
  • 154. Interviews
  • 155. Honors
  • 156. Russian Relatives
  • 157. Grand Master
  • 158. Children's Books
  • 159. Recent Novels
  • 160. Back to Nonfiction
  • 161. Robert Silverberg
  • 162. Gathering Shadows
  • 163. Threescore Years and Ten
  • 164. Hospital
  • 165. New Autobiography
  • 166. New Life
  • Epilogue, by Janet Asimov
  • Catalogue of Books by Isaac Asimov

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