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Book Title: Magic: The Final Fantasy Collection (MM): Magic (MM)|
Date of issue: April 1st 1997
ISBN 13: 9780061054129
The author of the book: Isaac Asimov
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.85 MB
Read full description of the books Magic: The Final Fantasy Collection (MM): Magic (MM):Isaac Asimov and science fiction are one and the same to millions of readers. He was the field's transcendent genius, its reigning prophet, its genial patriarch, and its most prolific author. But Asimov also wrote fantasy, and invariably of an enduring quality. Magic is his final original collection, containing all of his uncollected fantasy stories that have never before appeared in book form.
In addition, this farewell collection of Asimov's writings also includes his thoughts on the genre of fantasy itself. Here are the fascinating musings of a wide ranging intelligence, discussing everything from Tolkien to Spielberg, from Unicorns to King Arthur, from the difference between maidens and damsels to the speed of Seven League Boots - scientifically calculated at last!
The Final Fantasy Stories
* To Your Health
* The Critic on the Hearth
* It's a Job
* Baby, Its Cold Outside
* The Time Traveler
* Wine Is a Mocker
* The Mad Scientist
* The Fable of the Three Princes
* March Against the Foe
* Prince Delightful and the Flameless Dragon
* Sword and Sorcery
* Concerning Tolkien
* In Days of Old
* Giants In the Earth
* When Fantasy Became Fantasy
* The Reluctant Critic
* The Unicorn
* Extraordinary Voyages
* Fairy Tales
* Dear Judy-Lynn
* Reading and Writing
* The Right Answer
* Ignorance in America
* Knock Plastic!
* Lost in Non-Translation
* Look Long Upon a Monkey
* Thinking About Thinking
Read information about the authorIsaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.
Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (lacking only an entry in the 100s category of Philosophy).
Asimov is widely considered a master of the science-fiction genre and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, was considered one of the "Big Three" science-fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov's most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series, both of which he later tied into the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series to create a unified "future history" for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. He penned numerous short stories, among them "Nightfall", which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time, a title many still honor. He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.
Most of Asimov's popularized science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage. He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms. Examples include his Guide to Science, the three volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery.
Asimov was a long-time member and Vice President of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly; he described some members of that organization as "brain-proud and aggressive about their IQs" He took more joy in being president of the American Humanist Association. The asteroid 5020 Asimov, the magazine Asimov's Science Fiction, a Brooklyn, NY elementary school, and two different Isaac Asimov Awards are named in his honor.
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