Sunday, September 28, 2008

Manifesto

Over the last couple of months, I have been compiling a collection of all of Asimov's essay collections. There's more than 26 of them (he wrote 26 volumes worth for Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, and several more collections worth of essays for other magazines).

I'm not looking for first editions, and so it has been very easy to do, using Amazon's used book feature. I'm sad to report that most of these books are selling for 1 cent! (It's the postage where they make their money, everybody charges $3.99 for postage.)

What's even sadder is that most of these books have been "de-accessioned" from libraries.

And that just bugs me! Asimov is one of the greatest science populizers, his books, while between 40 and 10 years old, deal with many topics that are still relevant today. And yet today's generation will never be able to "accidentally" come across an Asimov book and be introduced in easy stages to practically every subject in the world!

So, in this blog, I'm going to discuss each and every one of Asimov's essays (at least, those collected in anthologies...there may yet be a few that remain uncollected, though I doubt it.)

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