January 2, 1920 – Science fiction legend Isaac Asimov isÂ born in Petrovichi, Russia sometime between October 19, 1919 and January 2, 1920. Although the date of his birth is uncertain, he chose January 2 to celebrate. The incredibly prolific Asimov authored hundreds of books (novels and popular nonfiction works on such varied topics as science, history and religion) and innumerable short stories and essays. His now-classic works include the collectionÂ I, Robot;Â the FoundationÂ trilogy (with later prequels and sequels); the Robot series (The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, etc.);, and short stories “The Last Question” and “Nightfall.” Asimov was a lifelong atheist, humanist and rationalist. The American Humanist SocietyÂ named him Humanist of the Year in 1984. Asimov died in 1992, aged 72.
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