National Science Fiction Day
First published online on 2006 January 02.
National Science Fiction Day Is January 2, Isaac Asimovs Birthday
Isaac Asimov was born January 2, 1920officially, that is. Unofficially, of course, is another matter. He was born in Russia, and I imagine
that in those turbulent times people were more concerned about
living to see another day than recording the exact day a baby
joined the living. However, when the Asimovs arrived in America
in 1923, little Isaacs date of birth had to be declared. It
was probably January 2, but who could be sure? What better day to select, the Asimovs may have thought, than the day after the New Year is celebrated? As the year begins,
so does our sons life.
During his lifetime, Asimov received numerous degrees, awards,
and other emblems of distinction. I bet that one of his favorite
modes of recognition, though, was having his official birthday
function as National Science Fiction Day. Of course, Isaac did more than scientifically imagine and create
works of science fiction. He wrote between 400 and 500 works of
fact, fiction, criticism, religion, and everything in between.
(Even Asimov lost count.) Nevertheless, the architects of National
Science Fiction Day knew what they were doing. Asimov may have
been a PhD chemist, professor, and a member of Mensa (R), but
envisioning the future seemed to fire up his imagination more
than science, teaching, and interactions with geniuses. He must
have been proud of his scientifically fictitious images of space and robotswhich sometimes turned out to be more truth than fiction.
To tell the truth, Asimovs beginnings as a writer were humble.
He actually started his career as an author of infamous pulp fiction. He was paid by the word rather than the work, but he had the
company of Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke. Sci-fi fans certainly
know those names.
Science fiction fans also know the influence science fiction has
upon the futurethe future of our children. (But Im being redundant.)
Do you know someone in the field of space exploration or robotics?
Then you can test a hypothesis. Ask this brilliant person is she/he
has read one of Isaac Asimovs robots stories or space fantasies. The answer is more likely
to be yes than no.
Have you read any of Asimovs novels, short stories, or works of non-fiction?
Have you read any works of science fiction? If not, thenwhether its Asimov or
notdo it today! You truly dont know the wonderful worlds you
are missing. Are you already a sci-fi aficionado or an Asimov
lover? Thats all the more reason for you to honor the day that
does the Great One honor! What else are you going to do the day after New Years?
Keep the celebration going with Science Fiction Day!
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