Critical Insights: Isaac Asimov

Critical Insights Series

The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work, a single work of literature, or a literary theme.

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Chronology of Author's Life
  • Complete List of Author's Works
  • Publication Dates of Works
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: M. Keith Booker
January 2017 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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A great starting point for students seeking an introduction to Isaac Asimov and the critical discussions surrounding his work.

Isaac Asimov is widely considered to be one of the founding figures of American science fiction, and one of the most prolific authors in history. An actual scientist in the field of biochemistry, Asimov utilized his expertise to become one of the most successful popular science writers of all time. He began his writing career as a teenager in 1939, moving forward to influence not only sciencefiction, but also the genres of detective fiction, fantasy, children's sciencefiction, pulp fiction, memoir, and many other subgenres of nonfiction.

In this edition of Critical Insights the cultural and historical influence present in Asimov's works will be examined, as well as the author's own influence on the evolution of literature and culture in the "Golden Age of Science Fiction." Within the fourteen essays on this volume, readers will encounter analysis of Asimov's texts according to traditional critical theories, as well as fresh new insight to comparitive works and the genre of science fiction. This volume contains a general introduction to Asimov's work and explores his towering status among American science fiction writers, with special emphasis on the Foundation trilogy and the Robot novels and stores.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

A chronology of the author's life
A complete list of the author's works and their original dates of publication
A general bibliography
A detailed paragraph on the volume's editor
Notes on the individual chapter authors
A subject index