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A Biography of Isaac Asimov

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is esteemed as one of the finest writers of science fiction and scientific fact in the twentieth century. ? Asimov was born on January

2, 1920, in a middle-class Jewish family in Russia. His family immigrated to the United States in 1923, settling in Brooklyn, New York.

Isaac Asimov ( 1920-1992)

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500 books about Bible, works for preschoolers, college course work, mysteries, chemistry, biology, limericks, Shakespeare. ?During his prolific career he helped to elevate science fiction from pulp magazines to a more intellectual level. ?His works include the Foundation trilogy, nightfall, the naked sun, I robot

I, Robot 《机械公敌》

Bicentennial Man 《机器管家》

Task one: Fast Reading

Main idea of each paragraph:
Para1: An great scientist an writer. Para2: His birth and death. Para3: His experience. Para4: His talent for writing.

Para5: His famous works.
Para6: His marriage.

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1. Which paragraph tells you about his education? 2. Which paragraph tells you about awards he received? 3. What subject did Asimov teach at Boston University? 4. When did he start having stories published? 5. How many children did he have?

Choose the best answer:
1.How many years did Isaac Asimov work in the store? A. 5 B. 9 C. 11 D. 13 2. What was Asimov best known for? A. His mystery stories. B. His science fiction stories. C. His science and history books. D. His books about the Bible and about Shakespeare.

3. All the followings are true except____. A. Asimov’s talent for writing wasn’t obvious when he was young. B. He began having his stories published in science fiction magazine in 1939. C. He published his first novel in 1950. D. He published his first science book in 1953.
4. In which book did he develop a set of three laws? A. The Foundation Trilogy B. I, Robot C. In his first novel D. In his first science book.

Task two: careful Reading
Para1: An great scientist an writer

Q: What is his books about?

mystery stories, science and history books even about the Holy Bible and Shakespeare

Q:Translate the last sentence of this paragrap 阿西莫夫不仅有着超凡的想象力, 使他能对未来世 界进行探索, 而且还有惊人的智力, 使他能对现在 和过去的各种事物作出解析。

Para2:His birth and death
On 2 January, 1920

Asimov was born in Russia. Asimov got an HIV infection from a blood transfusion. Asimov died in NY, America.

In 1983

On April 6, 1992

Para3: his experiences
In 1922, His sister was born. In 1923, moved to NY and bought a store. In 1929, his mother was pregnant and he started working in the store. In 1941, gained a master’s degree In 1942, finished working in the store and joined the staff of PNY In 1948, got his PhD in chemistry. In 1949, he became a biochemistry teacher. In 1958, gave up teaching to become…

Para4: His talent for writing.
In 1931, Started to take himself seriously as a writer. In 1939, he had stories published in sci-fi magazines. In 1950, he had his first novel published. In 1953, he had his first science book published.

Para5: His famous works
1951-1953, the Foundation trilogy.
Q: What are the three novels about? Why are these books famous?

In 1950,

published his collections of short stories, I, Robot.

Three “laws” for robots

Asimov’s Laws for Robots
First Law A robot must not injure human beings or allow them to be injured. Second Law A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings (as long as human beings are not injured). Third Law A robot must protect its own existence (as long as human beings are not injured; and as long as the robot does not disobey human beings).

Para6: His marriage
In 1942, he married his first wife.

In 1973, he divorced his first wife and remarried.

Task Three: Writing
Write a short summary of Asimov’s life in 150-200 words. Follow the steps below.
1.Look back at the timeline of Asimov’s life. 2.Underline the most important parts of his life that made him a great writer of science fiction. 3. Write down the important parts you have underlined. 4. Use a clear simple style as if you were writing to younger students in your school.

Sample summary

Isaac Asimov(1920-1992) was a Russian-born American writer. His family immigrated to the United States when he was three years old and settled in New York. He gained a master’s degree in chemistry and later got his PhD. After he graduated, he became a biochemistry teacher at Boston University.

He was talented in writing. When he realized it, he gave up teaching and became a professional writer. In 1939, he had stories published in science fiction magazine and in 1950 he published his first novel. He was famous for his fiction stories and received many awards. The Foundation trilogy and I, Robot are very popular with the young and adults. His works exercised great influence over other writers. Asimov had two marriages and two children. He died of AIDS in New York in 1992.


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