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1we.robots Første besked:
jul 30, 2006, 12:26 pm

Welcome to the Asimov home on LibraryThing! :)

2gavroche
aug 10, 2006, 10:08 pm

So...

Who here has read Asimov's attempts at humor -- such as Limericks: Too Gross, and the Sensuous Dirty Old Man?

Do these add to your estimation of Asimov's literary talents....or detract?

(For me they add.)

3clamairy
aug 11, 2006, 7:28 am

I'm ashamed to admit I did not realize he'd written those. Now I'll have to keep an eye out for them.
:o)

4Bookmarque
aug 11, 2006, 8:09 am

I recently read Foundation for the first time. The other two are on deck to be read (I have the trilogy in one book). Very though provoking stuff. I haven't read anything else from him though. There are a few others in my collection so I'll have to get to them some time.

5RabidGerbil
aug 11, 2006, 1:21 pm

I've read a little bit of his humor and have enjoyed it; although the puns in some of his short short stories really make me groan. The thing that continually amazes me about the man is just how broad his interests were.

6JPB
Redigeret: aug 13, 2006, 3:13 pm

I have a copy of The Sensuous Dirty Old Man.

I'd put it this way - the book doesn't improve his stature as a great writer, but it does show him as someone who had more than a 'pretty good' sense of intellectual ribald humor. He is probably the one male I wish most I could have shared a double date with. The conversation between the two couples would have been fantastic (from my standpoint - can't speak for him.)

* sigh *

7gavroche
aug 13, 2006, 3:48 pm

I feel it takes literary talent to write well for multiple audiences. That he could explain complicated science in layman's terms, do the same with the Bible, keep me turning pages in a work of fiction, and make me laugh - is impressive. Extremely impressive. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to talk with him.

He did get attacked for an editorial he wrote for Asimov's SF Magazine, where he said when he had to choose between characterization and plot, he always chose plot. Later he explained that he preferred not to have to choose, but he felt in science fiction, plot is more important. And he was probably correct. It says something when I feel his most memorable characters are robots. They may not be literary masterpieces, but his stories are still wonderful!