Friday, December 23, 2011

The creative mind of Isaac Asimov

Isaak Yudovich Ozimov (1920-1992) was a Russian born author and professor of biochemistry working at Boston University. His family was Jewish and emigrated to the USA when he was only three years old.

Asimov is widely considered a master of hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he 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 wrote many 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. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.

Isaac Asimov and the Bible
He published Asimov's Guide to the Bible in two volumes—covering the Old Testament in 1967 and the New Testament in 1969— and then combined them into one 1,300-page volume in 1981. Complete with maps and tables, the guide goes through the books of the Bible in order, explaining the history of each one and the political influences that affected it, as well as biographical information about the important characters.

His interest in literature manifested itself in several annotations of literary works, including Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare (1970), Asimov's Annotated Paradise Lost (1974), and The Annotated Gulliver's Travels (1980).

Fictional universes

Asimov: Gaïa et Galaxia

Genesis, from the holy Books of Judaism, tells that God of Israel created man and woman in His image.

:ויברא אלהים את־האדם בצלמו בצלם אלהים ברא אתו זכר ונקבה ברא אתם
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.
Genesis 1:27

What does this mean beyond the domination over all living creatures? 

Well - for one thing, man does have a curious, imaginary and highly creative mind.

Ask Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke or Robert A. Heinlein who have used their skills in writing to create entire fictional worlds!

Not just some imaginary nonsensical worlds but logical and fundamentally hard science fiction worlds that do make sense.

(We could place the Matrix trilogy of movies into the same category of science fiction because of the many creatures depicted in them. However, the series is far less science oriented and emphasizes oriental fighting techniques as the true solution to the most fundamental problems threatening the future of humanity!)

Power of human creative mind!
Whikiphedia tells:
During his golden decade of 1950'ies the famed Russian-American science fiction author Isaac Asimov described in one of his stories publisehd in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction a bizarre and dream-like robot.

The astronaut had entered the huge spaceship and noticed near him a strange small robotic thing on the sea like liquid. It was only about three centimeters long and narrow and there was a rather poorly defined blob, or stain, on one end. The astronaut was thinking that the "blob" was maybe the 'head' of the thing even though it had none of the features generally associated with heads: mouth, eyes, or other sensory organs.

According to Asimov's description the robot noticed among the strange creatures in the alien spaceship had seven pincer-tipped arms - almost like tentacles - lined up on one side and seven pairs of what looked like jointed spines on the other. Six of the "tentacles" were paired with spines, with one in front of the spines.

There were also six smaller tentacle like things made of the same glimmering material in three pairs behind the seven larger ones.

In addition, the robot body continued with a flexible, tube-like, tail-like extension behind the tentacles.
whikiphedia (modified by me)
See my next blog for more discussion about this amazing thing of fiction.

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