Isaac Asimov | influence

Influence

Paul Krugman, holder of a Nobel Prize in Economics, has stated Asimov's concept of psychohistory inspired him to become an economist.[255]

John Jenkins, who has reviewed the vast majority of Asimov's written output, once observed, "It has been pointed out that most science fiction writers since the 1950s have been affected by Asimov, either modeling their style on his or deliberately avoiding anything like his style."[256] Along with such figures as Bertrand Russell and Karl Popper, Asimov left his mark as one of the most distinguished interdisciplinarians of the 20th century.[257] "Few individuals", writes James L. Christian, "understood better than Isaac Asimov what synoptic thinking is all about. His almost 500 books—which he wrote as a specialist, a knowledgeable authority, or just an excited layman—range over almost all conceivable subjects: the sciences, history, literature, religion, and of course, science fiction."[258]

Allegations of sexual harassment

Alec Nevala-Lee, a specialist in the history of science fiction, asserts that Asimov had a reputation amongst the science fiction community as a groper, who would fondle and kiss women at conventions without their consent. Nevala-Lee cites some of Asimov's own personal writings in support of the allegation, including Asimov's 1971 The Sensuous Dirty Old Man, in which he wrote, “The question then is not whether or not a girl should be touched. The question is merely where, when, and how she should be touched.”[259]

Nevala-Lee also quoted some of Asimov's contemporary fellow-authors such as Judith Merrill, Harlan Ellison and Frederik Pohl, as well as editors such as Timothy Seldes and Edward L. Ferman. Nevala-Lee also comments that Asimov's behaviour, as a leading science-fiction author and personality, contributed to an unwelcoming atmosphere for women in the male-dominated science fiction community.[259]

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