Isaac Asimov:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia in 1920. He was awarded a PhD in Biochemistry in 1948 and joined the faculty of Boston University. He started writing science fiction in 1939. He wrote:
"at the age of nine, he found the love of his life (in the inanimate sense) when he discovered his first science-fiction magazine. By the time he was eleven, he began to write stories, and at eighteen, he actually worked up the nerve to submit one. It was rejected. After four long months of tribulation and suffering, he sold his first story and, thereafter, he never looked back."
His extraordinary output comprises some 500 volumes on every conceivable subject. His most famous science fiction works include the Foundation trilogy and I, Robot.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Agricultural World

Foundation (1951)

Air-Taxi - hail the skies

Prelude to Foundation (1988)

Anti-Spying Device

Foundation (1951)

Asteroid Mining Robot

Catch That Rabbit (1944)

Automatic Ticket Machine - your ticket to the stars

Second Foundation (1953)

Book-Film - literary storage

Prelude to Foundation (1988)

Calculator Pad - grandfather of the pocket calculator

Foundation (1951)

Computers Improve Computers

The Feeling of Power (1958)

Dainties - tasty spheres

Prelude to Foundation (1988)

Diamagnetic Levitation

The Currents of Space (1962)

Directional Ticket - the ticket guides you

Foundation (1951)

Disinto - a disintegrating ray

Robot AL-76 Goes Astray (1941)

Edge Controls

The Feeling of Power (1958)

Flavor-Capsule

Foundation and Empire (1952)

Force-Field Penknife - origin of the Lightsaber?

Foundation (1951)

Gesturing Robot

Robbie (1940)

Gravitic Lift

Prelude to Foundation (1988)

Gravitic Repulsion Elevator - going up

Foundation (1951)

Head-Molding Skincaps -

Prelude to Foundation (1988)

Hopper

Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus (1954)

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