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    I am glad to find someone who likes him as much as me. His where basically the first sci-fi books that I ever read. I think the very first was 2001 followed by another one of clarkes. Then i read foundation followed by the next four in the series. From then i started reading lots of sci-fi.
    Ok here are books i read of asimov, what am i missing:

    foundation Series (x7) and have the new foundation books my brin,beford,baxter awaiting.

    Nemesis
    The Bicentiennial man/positronic man
    The Gods Themselves
    The ugly little boy

    The three robot novels, caves of steel, robots of dawn and another. Also quite a few of the short stories.

    c'est tout.

    I never knew what else to read, when ever seeing his bibliography it has about 400 books on it from bibles to science fact. What am i missing?

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    Lot's. "I, Robot" springs to mind. An anthology I believe he edited called "Before the Golden Age".
    Fantastic Voyage
    Nightfall (which is the name he used for his company)
    Buy Jupiter
    The God's Themselves
    Earth Is Room Enough

    Any of his science essays are really easy and fun to read. His bio's are hilarious and his limericks are incredibly bawdy.

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    I attended my first science fiction convention back in the late 70's. It was held in L.A. and called Fantasicon. It was actually the one year anniversay of Star Wars, but that's another story. <G>
    They had a writer's panel and on it were several writers - two who wrote Star Trek novels, George Clayton Johnson (who wrote Logan's Run), and several others.

    One of the ladies on the panel quoted what she called the "Three Rules for Women Writers".

    1. Always type a clean manuscript.
    2. Never cry over rejection slips.
    3. Never go to Isaac Asimov's hotel room by yourself.

    Never expecting an answer, I wrote to Mr. Asimov to ask him if #3 was an accurate statement. He replied on a small piece of note paper, typed with several x-overs when words were spelled wrong, and signed.

    His answer to the question about the validity of #3 was:

    "Yes it was true unless you were under 18 years of age."

    He was science-fiction's 'dirty old man' although I think he just liked to play the part and wasn't really. <G>

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    hehe... that is quite a story to be able to tell
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    I actually had a chance to write to him on several occassions for one of my jobs. I was editor of employee publications for a state run bank. I got the idea once to ask him what his idea of banking in the future would be. He wrote and told me about a short story he had written called "Sis" that I hadn't ever read. Then he suggested I contact his publisher to get the rights to 'reprint' for a non-profit publication, which I did. I was told that I would still have to pay royalties even if it was going to go into a non-profit publication. He wrote to ask me how my article was going and if I had gotten permission to reprint "Sis". When I told him that I hadn't unless I paid royalties, he wrote back to let me know that he was giving me his personal permission to use the story.
    He was quite a guy and it was a sad day all around when he passed on. He certainly left his mark in my life with his books.

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    Yup, it is very sad. I just wonder how long people will talk about him and read his books thought, hundreds of years i would think (we at least one or two) that is a huge achievement really, the memories other people have of you and the creative you leave behind are really important.
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    One of the things I always admired about him was his way of making things understandable by a layman. And he was always throwing in something personal in them as well - usually something funny about himself. He was always joking.
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    Hi.. What makes up a typical SG Uniform? I *really* need to know. Anyways, another small question.. I've seen the movies 'TREKKIES' and I was wondering for anyone who's gone to a Stargate SG-1 convention, do us Gaters dress up like characters/aliens/other too?
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    The basic green fatigues that they were are similar to old Army OD green fatigues. You can sometimes find these in Surplus stores. As far as the camo colored ones (greens, arctic, and desert), you might also find those in a Surplus store. The blacks they wear not sure if those will be in a Surplus store or not, but you could get greens maybe and dye them. <G> They don't wear regulation boots. Jack's gloves are basically gloves worn by pilots with the fingers cut off. These usually run around $20 a pair.
    As for the patches, you can get them at the Galactic Trader web site for, I think, $6.00 each.

    I've not been to a Stargate con, but I'm pretty sure that people are going to be dressing up for it any way they can.

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You've been a big help :)
    I was wondering if you could put the web address for the Galactic Trader up. By patches, do you mean both the 'SG 1' and earth symbol patches? Anyways, thank you!
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    Hi i went to a convention in feb and people do dress up as people from the show
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    For some reason, you talking about people dressing up like the characters reminds me a lot of the movie 'Galaxy Quest'. Also, about conventions, they need to have one near me. I mean, the one in Vancouver is a ways away if you live on the east coast
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    And the ones in London are even farther. <G>
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    haha good point
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    moved into asimov forum
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    Getting back on topic now...

    I believe that a must read of his is "The End of Eternity", this book is my favorite of his "non-series" novels.

    The "other" robot novel of yours should be The Naked Sun (in between caves of steel and robots of dawn).
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    I've always liked to read Asimov. He writes on such a grand scale, yet he can tell a wonderful short story, too. His style was simple, more about telling a good tale instead of adorning it with a lot of flowery prose. Don't get me wrong, I like flowery prose; it's just knowing where to use it.
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    One of my favorites is non-SciFi: "The Tragedy Of the Moon"

    Be sure to look for the short stories: "The Final Question" and the (somewhat) related "The Last Answer"

    Books: The Empire series: "The Currents of Space", "The Stars, Like Dust" (my fav.), "Pebble in the Sky" and "Blind Alley".

    This should keep you occupied for a while.

    Happy reading!
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    LOVED the Foundation Series.
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