Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov wrote 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.

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It seems to me that God is a convenient invention of the human mind

All sorts of computer errors are now turning up. You'd be surprised to know the number of doctors who claim they are treating pregnant men.

I don't believe in an afterlife so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that

Well I can type all day without getting tired. [In response to a question as to which he preferred women or writing]

If I were not an atheist I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God God God and whose every deed is foul foul foul.

Scientific apparatus offers a window to knowledge but as they grow more elaborate scientists spend ever more time washing the windows.

A robot may not injure a human being or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm. [The First Law of Robotics]

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable solutions are not.

What I will be remembered for are the Foundation Trilogy and the Three Laws of Robotics. What I want to be remembered for is no one book or no dozen books. Any single thing I have written can be paralleled or even surpassed by something someone else has done. However my total corpus for quantity quality and variety can be duplicated by no one else. That is what I want to be remembered for.

I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't I would die.

To insult someone we call him "bestial." For deliberate cruelty and nature "human" might be the greater insult.

Nothing interferes with my concentration. You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldn't look up. Well maybe once.

Nunca dejes que la moral te impida dejar de hacer lo que est

The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.

The trouble is that racial stereotypes unfavourable to everyone but white men of northwest European extraction were completely accepted and indeed scarcely noted in those days of only forty years ago [the 1930s] (except perhaps by the members of the groups victimized thereby).

If I could trace my origins to Judas Maccabaeus or King David that would not add one inch to my stature. It may well be that many East European Jews are descended from Khazars I may be one of them. Who knows? And who cares?

Though science can cause problems it is not by ignorance that we will solve them.

When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.

Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.

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