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)

Gravitic Lift

Prelude to Foundation (1988)

Gravitic Repulsion Elevator - going up

Foundation (1951)

Head-Molding Skincaps -

Prelude to Foundation (1988)


Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus (1954)


Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain (1987)


Second Foundation (1953)


Runaround (1942)

Jet-Down - explore planets

Prelude to Foundation (1988)

Jump Through Hyperspace - is travel through hyperspace possible?

Foundation (1951)

Laws Against Human Drivers

Sally (1953)

Lens Image

Second Foundation (1953)


Light Verse (1973)

Machine Suicide

All the Troubles in the World (1958)

Machine Test Scoring

The Fun They Had (1951)

Mechanical Jokester

Jokester (1956)

Mechanical Teacher - one for all

The Fun They Had (1951)


Caves of Steel (1953)


Prelude to Foundation (1988)


Fantastic Voyage (Novel) (1966)

Mnemonic Service

Sucker Bait (1954)

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