Isaac Asimov is considered one of the most prolific science writers of all time and one of the most prolific authors, regardless of genre, of the 20th century. In all, he is credited with nearly 500 books, including hundreds of works of nonfiction, and had a profound influence on the development of science fiction and the popularization of science.

Asimov was born on January 2, 1920, in Petrovichi, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. His family emigrated to the United States in 1923 and settled in Brooklyn, New York. He became a naturalized citizen in 1928. His family owned candy stores, which also sold science fiction magazines; Asimov started out from a young age as a science fiction fan.

He was a smart child, learning to read ...

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