On This Day In History: Isaac Asimov Creator Of Science Fiction Was Born – On Jan 2, 1920

AncientPages.com - On January 2, 1920, Isaac Asimov, a science fiction creator, was born.

He grew up in New York, but during his two decades in Boston, he achieved great success as a master of science fiction and a writer of popular science books.

 Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov - Image credit: Natur & Kultur.

From an early age, he was an enthusiastic reader of science fiction magazines. By his late teens, he began to write his own stories. His first science fiction novel was published in 1950, when he completed the short story collection I, Robot.

In his autobiography, he called the years in Boston his "peak period in science fiction."

Asimov was also a professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was a scientist with impressive academic credentials, yet writing for ordinary readers was his true passion.

His famous work "Foundation," which was extremely popular, was followed by "Foundation and Empire," published in 1952, and "Second Foundation," which reached the market in 1953. So the series continued into the 1980s.

Besides science fiction, Asimov also wrote many other books on various subjects, such as astronomy, biology, math, religion, and literary biography.

Asimov wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards.