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Unit 2 Robots------Using Language
A biography of Isaac Asimov
a story of a person’s life was written by someone.

Isaac Asimov ( 1920-1992)
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.

?almost

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》

Check the answer on page 17.
Date 1920 1922 Event Born in Russia.

Sister born. Moved with his family to New York. 1923 Parents bought a candy store. Started working in the candy store. 1929 Mother had her third child. Started take himself seriously as 1931 a writer.

Date

Event

Began having stories published in 1939 science fiction magazine. 1941 Gained master’s degree in Chemistry. Finished working in the candy store. 1942 Got married. 1942-1945 Worked as junior chemist in Philadelphia Navy Yard. 1948 Got PhD in chemistry. 1949 Become a biochemistry teacher.

Date
1950

Event

Published his first novel. Published “I, Robot.” 1951-1953 Published the Foundation Trilogy. Published first science book. 1953 1958 1973 1983 1992 Became a full-time writer. Divorced his first wife. Married for a second time. Had a blood transfusion.

Died in New York.

Fast reading to match the main idea with each paragraph.
Para 1 Para 2 Para 3 A. His talent for writing. B. His famous works. C. His marriage. D. His birth and death. E. A great scientist and writer. F. His experience.

Para 4
Para 5

Para 6

The Analysis of some complex sentences
1.Isaac Asimov was an American scientist and writer who wrote around 480 books that included mystery stories, science and history books, and even about the Holy Bible and Shakespeare. 2. Asimov had both an extraordinary imagination that gave him the ability to explore future worlds and an amazing mind with which he searched for explanations of everything , in the present and the past.

3. It ended in New York on 6 April, 1992, when he died as a result of an HIV infection that he had got from a blood transfusion nine years earlier.
4. It was when Asimov was 11 years old that his talent for writing became obvious. 5. Among his most famous works of science fiction, one for which he won an award was the Foundation Trilogy, three novels about the death and rebirth of a great empire in a galaxy of the future.

Isaac Asimov’s three laws for Robots: 1.First law: A robot must not injure human beings or allow them to be injured. 2.Second law: A robot must obey the orders given to it by humans. 3.Third law: A robot must protect its own existence.


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