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Astronomy Books Written by Isaac Asimov

by Dave Snyder

The late Isaac Asimov was a very prolific author. He had an amazing talent for explaining complex scientific ideas in simple language without using mathematics. As of his death in 1992, he had published several hundred books. Among his books were a number of essay books, each of which included a series of essays that covered a range of scientific topics.

The following is a list of Asimov books which are either devoted to astronomy or include at least one essay on astronomy. Some of these books (especially the older ones) contain information which is out of date, but most of the ideas are still valid.

Isaac Asimov also wrote a number of astronomy books for children

Books

Asimov, Isaac. 1957. Only a Trillion. London: Abelard-Schuman, pp. 80-96.

------. 1962. Fact and Fancy. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, pp. 95-219.

------. 1964. Adding a Dimension: Seventeen Essays on the History of Science. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, pp. 167-202.

------. 1965. Of Time and Space and Other Things. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, pp. 2-108.

------. 1966. The Double Planet. London: Abelard-Schumann.

------. 1972. The Stars in Their Courses. New York: Ace Books, pp. 11-56.

------. 1973. Today, Tomorrow and .... Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, pp. 19-48, 165-209.

------. 1975a. Asimov on Astronomy. New York: Doubleday - Anchor.

------. 1975b. Of Matters Great and Small. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, pp. 3-89.

------. 1975c. Eyes on the Universe: A History of the Telescope. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

------. 1976. The Planet That Wasn’t. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, pp. 1-49, 135-158, 183-194.

------. 1977. The Collapsing Universe. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company.

------. 1978a. The Beginning and the End. New York: Avon - Discus, pp. 85-173, 202-253.

------. 1978b. Quasar, Quasar, Burning Bright. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, Inc., pp. 139-214.

------. 1979a. Extraterrestrial Civilizations. New York: Crown Publishers.

------. 1979b. Saturn and Beyond. New York: Luthrop, Lee and Shepard.

------. 1980. The Universe: From Flat Earth to Black Holes - and Beyond. 3rd edition. New York: Walker and Company.

------. 1981a. The Road to Infinity. New York: Avon - Discus, pp. 113-218.

------. 1981b. Change! Seventy-One Glimpses of the Future. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, pp. 138-155, 158-201.

------. 1981c. The Sun Shines Bright. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, pp. 3-132.

------. 1982. Exploring the Earth and the Cosmos: The Growth and Future of Human Knowledge. New York: Crown Publishers, pp. 104-175, 206-226, 251-254, 288-294, 301-312.

------. 1983a. The Measure of the Universe. New York: Harper and Row.

------. 1983b. The Roving Mind. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, pp. 139-181.

------. 1984a. Counting the Eons. New York: Avon - Discus, pp. 97-198.

------. 1984b. Asimov’s New Guide to Science. New York: Harper and Row, pp. 3-153.

------. 1985a. ‘X’ Stands for Unknown. New York: Avon - Discus, pp. 109-177.

------. 1985b. Asimov’s Guide to Haley’s Comet. New York: Walker and Company.

------. 1985c. The Subatomic Monster. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, pp. 61-103.

------. 1985d. The Exploding Suns: The Secret of the Supernova. New York: Dutton, pp. 1-200.

------. 1986. The Dangers of Intelligence and Other Science Essays. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 116-118, 124-134, 141-143, 146-193.

------. 1987. Past, Present and Future. New York: Prometheus Books, pp. 47-50, 113-149, 303-338.

------. 1988. As Far as Human Eye Could See. New York: Pinnacle Books, pp. 203-302.

------. 1989a. Beginnings: The Story of Origins - of Mankind, Life, the Earth, the Universe. New York: Berkeley Books, pp. 157-166, 219-274.

------. 1989b. Frontiers: New Discoveries About Man and His Planet, Outer Space and the Universe. New York: Truman Taley Books - E. P. Dutton, pp. 205-378.

------. 1989c. The Tyrannosaurus Prescription and 100 Other Essays. New York: Prometheus Books, pp. 55-119, 149-153, 156-157, 158-160, 171-172, 175-189.

------. 1990. Out of the Everywhere. New York: Doubleday, pp. 3-53.

------. 1991a. The Secret of the Universe. New York: Doubleday, pp. 3-169.

------. 1991b. Isaac Asimov’s Guide to Earth and Space. New York: Random House.

Isaac Asimov poses 111 questions. For each question, he gives an answer (well, he gives an answer to most of the questions).

------. 1991c. Atom: Journey Across the Subatomic Cosmos. New York: Dutton, pp. 291-310.

------. 1994. Asimov’s Chronology of Science and Discovery. New York: Harper-Collins.

Asimov, Isaac and Asimov, Janet. 1993. Frontiers II: More Recent Discoveries About Life, Earth, Space and the Universe. New York: Truman Taley Books - E. P. Dutton, pp. 114-174, 262-264, 276-338.

Published after Isaac’s death. Janet Asimov (Isaac’s wife) took some articles Isaac had written and added some of her own to produce this book.

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