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News-Antique.com - Apr 26,2007 - April 26, 2007—By the time Isaac Asimov was 21-years-old, the Columbia University graduate student had already been writing science fiction professionally for three years.
One morning in 1941 he planned to meet “Astounding Stories of Super-Science” magazine editor John Campbell to discuss a plot for a new story.
Problem was, Asimov was clueless. He had no new plot.
Asimov did what he sometimes did and randomly opened up a book and began free associating, starting with the first thing he saw. The book in front of him was a collection of Gilbert and Sullivan plays.
Asimov opened to a picture of the Fairy Queen of Iolanthe hurling herself at the feet of Private Willis. This got him thinking about soldiers, military empires and the Roman Empire. Maybe even a Galactic Empire?
“Why shouldn’t I write about the fall of the Galactic Empire and the return of feudalism,” Asimov thought. He would write his tale from the viewpoint of someone in the safe days of the Second Galactic Empire.
Inspired and convinced he could pull it off; Asimov met with his editor and seeds for the author’s most famous masterpiece epic series, “The Foundation Trilogy,” were planted. The trilogy consisted of “Foundation” (1951), “Foundation and Empire” (1952), and “Second Foundation” (1953). In the series Asimov created a universe of many different worlds, different characters, and a story covering generations.
“I don't believe in personal immortality; the only way I expect to have some version of such a thing is through my books,” Asimov said.
Science fiction as a genre has attracted fans of every conceivable size, shape and sensibility. Anything connected with the subject including magazines, original art work, movie memorabilia and especially books is included here.
First edition books are of particular interest. On Jan. 11, PBA Galleries, San Francisco, featured prominent science fiction and fantasy writers in its modern literature sale.
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