Isaac Asimov book project

Isaac Asimov book project

Since 2016, I’ve been writing a book-length reader’s guide to the future history of the late science fiction author Isaac Asimov. As that project is nearing completion, and as a new TV series based on Asimov’s Foundation stories moves into production, I’m starting to share some of my work.

The first piece to be published concerns a difficult topic, but one it’s become clear any Asimov reader has to confront squarely: his problematic history with women. At LitHub: “What to Make of Isaac Asimov, Sci-Fi Giant and Dirty Old Man?”

If I had to guess, I might guess that if Asimov could read it he would acknowledge the truth of his behavior patterns, which were after all documented by himself more than anyone. He would probably wish I’d given him more credit for strong female characters, though, and he would definitely hate being called a “sci-fi” giant. He always insisted on “science fiction” or, if any abbreviation, “s.f.” The term “sci-fi” he regarded as a Hollywood abomination.