Isaac Asimov Quiz

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Isaac Asimov was a fantastically prolific writer who shaped many ideas about technology and morality. How much do you know about him? Take this quiz to find out.

Asimov predicted that by the year 2014, robots would have what characteristics?

He was right; many of our robot technologies have developed more slowly than some people anticipated.

True or false: Asimov reportedly coined the term "robotics."

The word appeared in his story "Liar!" and may have led to the popularization of the term.

What was the name of Asimov's first published novel?

"Pebble in the Sky" was published in 1950, and its plot includes time travel and explorations of human morality.

What sort of business did Asimov's family open in Brooklyn?

The candy shop carried all sorts of periodicals and science fiction magazines, which greatly influenced the young boy's growing mind.

Where was Asimov born?

He was born in Petrovichi, Russia, and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was 3 years old.

Where did the Asimov family move when they immigrated to the U.S.?

Asimov attended New York City's public school system and then entered the Seth Low Junior College.

How many novels did Asimov publish before "I, Robot"?

Published in 1950, this collection of nine short stories was only his second book.

About how many books did Asimov have a hand in writing or editing?

In addition to the 500 books he helped to create, by some accounts he wrote 90,000 letters, a testament to his constant desire to communicate his ideas.

During World War II, in which branch of the U.S. military did Asimov serve?

He received an honorable discharge after less than a year of service in the Army.

Asimov predicted that by the year 2014, humans would suffer greatly from what?

He called boredom a threat to humanity and said that psychologists would be in great demand.

Asimov gained tremendous fame and respect within writing circles with the publication of which story?

The 1941 short story explores a sunlight-saturated civilization that's suddenly enveloped by darkness.

Which fear affected Asimov throughout his life?

He flew only twice, a fact that affected his ability to travel the world.

Asimov once said he didn't think humans would make much headway into space until what happened?

He said that peaceful cooperation would be much more productive than warring and competition.

In 1948, Asimov earned his doctorate in what field of study?

He spent much of his life in academic settings but used more of his time for writing than teaching.

"Asimov's Laws" are often called what?

The author introduced the "Three Laws of Robotics" in a 1942 short story called "Runaround."

Asimov had a daily routine of starting writing at 7:30 a.m. and quitting at what time?

His work ethic, discipline and long days are what helped him complete so many projects during the course of his life.

How did Asimov treat fans who pestered him for autographs?

Asimov was friendly and warm to most people he met and would spend time chatting with strangers.

Asimov served as a "science consultant" during the production of which film?

He was friends with Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the "Star Trek" franchise.

What is a positronic brain?

Asimov invented the term "positronic brain" when he wrote of robots that had computer-chip brains.

What is NOT one of the Three Laws of Robotics?

The actual law as written by Asimov reads: "A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law."

Asimov predicted that what technology would help cars and similar vehicles hover above the ground?

He also said that these hovering vehicles would reduce the need for widespread paving and road construction.

What event abruptly caused Asimov to switch from science fiction to mostly nonfiction writing?

American fears of Soviet space superiority pushed U.S. publishers to create as much science content as they could, encouraging Asimov to move from fiction to nonfiction.

Which celebrity approached Asimov for help in creating a science-fiction movie musical?

Asimov created an initial script for McCartney and his band Wings, but creative differences meant that the project never came to fruition.

True or false: Asimov believed in God.

He was an atheist and more than happy to share his views on morality and spirituality.

Asimov wrote a detailed guide to which famous work?

In "Asimov's Guide to the Bible," the writer explored many characters and background stories underpinning the Bible's verses.

Which of the following names did Asimov use as a pseudonym for some of his books?

He wrote the Lucky Starr series of books for young people using the name Paul French.

Which editor loved Asimov's "The End of Eternity" and helped ensure that it was published?

Bradbury, who was working as an editor at Doubleday, liked Asimov's story, which was published in 1955.

Asimov once said that if a doctor told him he only had six minutes to live, he'd do what?

He had so many ideas that he'd just type faster, leaving behind a few more thoughts on the universe.

Asimov said that human dignity could NOT survive what?

He was keenly concerned about overpopulation and how it would affect civilizations around the world.

Fill in the blank: Asimov said that "violence is the last refuge of the ____."

He said that only incompetent people had to resort to bloodshed and violence.

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