Published: January 13th, 2020

Category: Featured, News

SFWG and the Marston Science Library commemorate the 100th anniverary of the birth of American science fiction author and scientific popularizer Isaac Asimov.



Marston Science Library
January – December 2020


Isaac Asimov (1920–1992) was one of the most prolific authors of modernity, writing more than 500 published books and approximately 90,000 letters and postcards during his lifetime. In addition to science fiction, he wrote: detective fiction; fantasy; children’s fiction; five books on the Bible; a two-volume guide to Shakespeare and annotated editions of works by Byron, Milton, Swift, and Gilbert and Sullivan; nearly twenty books of Classical, European, American, and World History; several edited collections of limericks and American and Yiddish humor; three autobiographies; and numerous books, essays, and magazine columns explaining scientific and engineering subjects to a general audience. He was editorial director of the magazine Asimov’s Science Fiction from 1977 until his death, and the editor of a twenty-six volume anthology of science fiction by other authors. He has been described as one of the most influential interdisciplinary figures of the 20th century.

Throughout the year 2020, SFWG and the Marston Science Library are celebrating Asimov’s remarkable career and influence on modern science fiction with an exhibit detailing his many contributions to sf, other literary genres, and popular science, and a lending library including many of his best-known works. (Look for the exhibit posters and the lending library facing the Marston Circulation Desk.)

Asimov@100 is sponsored by the Science Fiction Working Group and the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.

Asimov@100 poster by Terry Harpold


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