January 2: National Science Fiction Day

Isaac Asimov, author and professor of biochemistry, was born on January 2, 1920. During his lifetime, Asimov wrote or edited over 500 books, including nonfiction, mystery, fantasy, and, most notably, science fiction.  Now, people across the world use his birthday to celebrate science fiction works of all kinds.

robotIn 2011, NPR published a list of the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books of all time (as chosen by their listeners). Glancing through it just now, I have to admit I have read a lot more of the fantasy than the sci-fi. Maybe I will check out something from the library by Asimov and start fixing this. I’m rather intrigued by what I’ve heard of his short story collection I, Robot. (Yes, the movie was based loosely, very loosely, from his writings.)

“When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?”

Psalm 8:3-4

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