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6. More Than Books... 6.1 What records, audio tapes, videotapes, and software are available? RECORDS AND AUDIO TAPES: _Asimov_-_Science Fiction_, read by Isaac Asimov, Caedmon, New York, 1983, 33 1/3 rpm., stereo, 12 in., 1 disc, 51 mins. _Asimov_-_Science_Fiction_, read by Isaac Asimov, Listening Library, 1985, 2 cassettes (117 mins.) Unabridged readings of "I Just Make Them Up, See?", "Someday", "The Feeling of Power", "Satisfaction Guaranteed", and "Living Space". _Asimov's_Guide_to_Earth_&_Space, read by Michael Jackson, Dove Audio, (360 mins.). Unabridged reading. _Asimov's_Mysteries_, read by Dan Lazar, Books on Tape, 8 cassettes (480 mins.). Unabridged reading. _The_Best_of_Isaac_Asimov_, read by Dan Lazar, Books on Tape, 8 cassettes (720 mins.). Unabridged reading. _Best_of_Science_Fiction_and_Fantasy_, Dove Audio, 1991, 4 cassettes (360 mins.). Unabridged reading of "Someday" plus 10 short stories by other authors. _The_Complete_Robot_, read by Larry McKeever, Books on Tape, 17 cassettes (1530 mins.). Unabridged reading. _The_Complete_Robot_, Random Audiobooks, 2 cassettes, 1988. _Forward_the_Foundation_, read by David Dukes, Bantam Audio, (360 mins.). ISBN 0-553-47007-8 Abridged reading. _Forward_the_Foundation_, read by Larry McKeever, Books on Tape, (1180 mins.). Unabridged reading. _Foundation_, read by Larry McKeever, Books on Tape, 6 cassettes (360 mins.). Unabridged reading. _Foundation_, read by Isaac Asimov, Bantam Audio, New York, 1988, 2 cassettes (180 mins.), Dolby processed. ISBN 0-553-45114-6 Abridged reading of _Foundation_. _Foundation:_the_psychohistorians_, read by William Shatner, Caedmon, New York, 1976, 33 1/3 rpm., stereo, 12 in., 1 disc (59 mins.). _Foundation:_the_psychohistorians_, read by William Shatner, Caedmon Audio Cassettes, 1984. 1 cassette. ISBN 0-898-45210-4 _Foundation:_the_psychohistorians_, read by William Shatner, HarperAudio, 1 cassette. _Foundation_and_Earth_, read by David Dukes, Bantam Audio, (180 mins.). ISBN 0-553-47258-5 Abridged reading. _Foundation_and Earth_, read by Larry McKeever, Books on Tape, (1170 mins.). Unabridged reading. _Foundation_and_Empire:_Mule_, read by Isaac Asimov, HarperAudio, 1 cassette. _Foundation_and_Empire_, read by David Dukes, Bantam Audio, 1991, 2 cassettes (180 mins.). ISBN 0-553-45261-4 Abridged reading. _Foundation_and_Empire_, read by Dan Lazar, Books on Tape, 8 cassettes (480 mins.). Unabridged reading. _Foundation's_Edge_, read by Isaac Asimov, Caedmon, New York, 1982, 33 1/3 rpm., stereo, 12 in., 1 disc (62 mins.). _Foundation's_Edge_, read by Isaac Asimov, HarperAudio, 1994, 1 cassette. ISBN 1-559-94934-1. _Foundation's_Edge_, read by Larry McKeever, Books on Tape, 9 cassettes (810 mins.). Unabridged reading. _Foundation's_Edge_, read by David Dukes, Bantam Audio, New York, 1992, 1 cassette. ISBN 0-553-47072-8 _Friends,_Robots,_Countrymen: _Isaac_Asimov_Presents: _Favorite_Robot_Stories_From_His_Private_Library_, Dercum Press, 1991, 4 cassettes. ISBN 1-556-56120-2, 1-556-56121-0 _Here Today, Gone Tomorrow_, Dercum Press, 1991, 4 cassettes. ISBN 1-556-56152-6 In_Memory_Yet_Green_, read by Dan Lazar, Books on Tape, 20 cassettes (1800 mins.). Unabridged reading. _Inside_Star_Trek_, Columbia, New York, 1976, 33 1/3 rpm, stereo, 12 in., 1 disc. Includes the track "Asimov's world of science fiction". _Isaac_Asimov_Audio_Collection_, read by Isaac Asimov and William Shatner, Caedmon, 1994, 3 cassettes (240 mins.). ISBN 1-55994-747-0. Unabridged reading of "Foundation: The Psychohistorians", excerpts from "Foundation's Edge", abridged reading of "Foundation: The Mayors". _The_Isaac_Asimov_Cassette_Library_, Random Audiobooks, 6 cassettes. _Isaac_Asimov_Conversations_With_Writers_, Tapes Readers, 1980, 1 cassette. ISBN 9-997-01632-7. _Isaac_Asimov_Himself_, read by Isaac Asimov, Audio Partners Publishing, Auburn Ca., 1975, 2 cassettes (180 mins.). Unabridged readings of "The Immortal Bard", "The Last Question", "Someday", "The Jokester", and "The Ugly Little Boy", with anecdotes and comments. _Isaac_Asimov_talks:_an_interview_, Writer's Voice, Cincinnati, 1974, 1 cassette. Asimov discusses writing and his career as an author with Lois Rosenthal. _Isaac_Asimov's_Guide_to_Earth_and_Space_, read by Michael Jackson, Dove Audio, 1991, 4 cassettes. ISBN 1-558-00452-1 _Isaac_Asimov's_Science_Fiction_Magazine_, read by Peter Marinker and Ed Bishop, Listen For Pleasure, Ontario Canada, 1986, 2 cassettes (120 mins.), Dolby processed. Unabridged readings of "Strikebreaker" and "It's Such a Beautiful Day", plus Frederik Pohl's "Soaking Up the Rays". _Issac_[sic]_Asimov_, Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, Minn., 1972, 2 cassettes (120 mins.). Recorded Oct. 15, 1972, at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Asimov talks about his belief that the goals of the women's movement will be achieved not through persistent attacks on discrimination, but by social necessity demanding the rationing of motherhood in the face of massive overpopulation. _The_Mayors_, read by Isaac Asimov, Caedmon, New York, 1977, 33 1/3 rpm., stereo, 12 in., 1 disc (71 mins.). _The_Mayors_, read by Isaac Asimov, HarperAudio, 1 cassette. _The_Mule_, read by Isaac Asimov, Caedmon, New York, 1981, 33 1/3 rpm., stereo, 12 in., 1 disc (59 mins.). _Murder_at_the_ABA_, read by Daniel Grace, Books on Tape, 8 cassettes (480 mins.). Unabridged reading. _Nightfall_, read by various performers, Conde Nast, 1976, 33 1/3 rpm., 12 in., 1 disc. _Nightfall_ (novel), Bookcassette Sales, 1991, 8 cassettes. ISBN 1-561-00065-5 _Nightfall_ (novel), >read by Bill Weidman, Brilliance Corp., 1991, 4 cassettes. ISBN 0-930-43571-0 _Norby_the_Mixed-Up_Robot_, read by Mark Hamill, HarperAudio, 1 cassette (45 mins). _Prelude_to_Foundation_, read by David Dukes, Bantam Audio Publishing, 1989, 2 cassettes (180 mins.). ISBN 0-553-45162-6. _Prelude_to_Foundation_, read by Larry McKeever, Books on Tape, 12 cassettes (1080 mins.). Unabridged reading. _The_Robots_of_Dawn_, read by Isaac Asimov, HarperAudio, 1 cassette. Abridged reading. _The_Robots_of_Dawn_, read by Isaac Asimov, Caedmon, New York, 1983, 33 1/3 rpm., stereo, 12 in., 1 disc (51 mins.). _Sci_Fi_Private_Eye_, Dercum Press, 1993, 4 cassettes. ISBN1-556-56169-5, 1-556-56170-9 _Science_Fiction_Favorites_of_Isaac Asimov_, read by Isaac Asimov, Listening Library, 1975, 6 cassettes (288 mins.). ISBN 0-807-22928-8 Unabridged reading of "I Just Make Them Up, See"; "Someday"; "The Feeling of Power"; "Satisfaction Guaranteed"; "Living Space"; "The Last Question"; "Jokester"; "The Immortal Bard"; "Spell My Name With an 'S'"; "The Ugly Little Boy", with introduction. _Second_Foundation_, read by Dan Lazar, Books on Tape, 8 cassettes (480 mins.). Unabridged reading. _Second Foundation_, read by David Dukes, Bantam Audio, 1991, 2 cassettes (180 mins.). ISBN 0-553-47015-9. Abridged reading. _Stories_from_The_Complete_Robot_, read by Lloyd Battista with an introduction by Asimov, Warner Audio Pub., New York, 1985, 2 cassettes (120 mins.), Dolby processed. Unabridged readings of "Mirror image", "Segregationist", and "Evidence". _Time Bride_, Durkin Hayes Pub Audio, 1980. VIDEOTAPES: _Analog_Presents:_Isaac_Asimov_Visions_of_the_Future_, Quality Video, Minneapolis, Minn., 1992 (45 mins.). Asimov's last major interview, in which he talks about robots and robotics, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, deep space travel, terraforming planets, artificial intelligence, and the origins of the universe. _Isaac_Asimov's_Robots_VCR_Mystery_Game, Eastman Kodak Company, 1988 (40 mins.). A game based on the worlds of _The_Caves_of_Steel_ and _The_Naked_Sun_, the players watch the tape and uncover each of the six photo clue cards at selected points in the story. At the end of the tape, each player makes an accusation based on the clues provided. Each clue card has two sides with different clues on each side, providing 32 possible outcomes to the game. Clue cards are provided for four levels of difficulty; suggested for 1 to 12 players, ages 10 and up. _Voyage_to_the_Outer_Planets_and_Beyond_, Today Home Entertainment, 1987 (54 mins.). A simulated video voyage through the Solar System, combining NASA and JPL images from the Voyager space probe with a digitized recording of Holst's "The Planets", with Isaac Asimov as host and narrator. Includes a full color NASA brochure about the planets, and a space almanac listing solar and lunar eclipses, occultations, and periodic comets. COMPUTER SOFTWARE _The_Complete_Stories_Volume_1, a Voyager Expanded Book, The Voyager Company, Santa Monica, Ca., 1992, one 1.4 MB high density floppy. Available for Macintosh and Windows. Macintosh version requires at least system 6.0.7 and hard drive with 2.2 MB available. The entire text of the book, including features allowing the reader to search for every occurrence of any word, add margin comments and end notes, highlight text, mark pages and leave bookmarks. _The_Complete_Stories_Volume_2, A Voyager Expanded Book, The Voyager Company, Santa Monica, Ca., 1992. Same description as volume 1, except only available for the Macintosh. _Isaac_Asimov_Science_Adventure_II_, Knowledge Adventure. Available for DOS computers. A virtual science museum with over 150 rooms, with over 1000 illustrated, interactive, and interlinked articles by Isaac Asimov, adapted from _Isaac_Asimov's_Chronology_of_Science_and_Discovery_. _Isaac_Asimov's_Kayleth_, (only released in the U.K.). Available for the Commodore 64. A graphic adventure with a robot storyline which is not in the least integrated into the universe of the novels. _Isaac_Asimov's_The_Ultimate_Robot, Byron Preiss Multimedia, Microsoft Home, CD-ROM. Available for Macintosh, requires Mac II or better, 13 in. color monitor, System 7.0 or later, 5 MB memory, CD-ROM drive. Available for Multimedia PC, requires a Multimedia PC or compatible, with 386SX or higher microprocessor, 4 MB of RAM, 1-3 MB of available hard disk space, CD-ROM drive, MPC-1 Compatible sound card, and VGA+ graphics (640x480x256 colors), MS-DOS 3.1 or later, MS Windows 3.1 or later. Contains the text of all of Asimov's major stories and essays about robots; illustrations of Asimov's robots by Ralph McQuarrie (production designer of Star Wars); an interactive robot toolkit for building animated robots; photos of many Asimov book covers; a collection of photos of Asimov in various settings; Quicktime movies of Asimov interviews and some of his television appearances, Quicktime clips from several motion pictures featuring robots, including _Star_Wars_, _2001:_A_Space_Odyssey_, and _Forbidden_Planet_; videos of real robots used in space, undersea, offices, and labs; an animated handbook on robot movement; and a timeline of robotic history. _The_Robots_of_Dawn_, Epyx. Available for the Commodore 64. A text adventure released in 1986 which is well integrated into the world of the novels. _Ask_Isaac_Asimov_About_Space_, Enteractive, CD-ROM. Available for Macintosh and Windows. Macintosh version requires Macintosh LCIII or better, 640x480 color monitor, System 7.1 or later, 8 MB RAM, 3MB hard disk space, double-speed CD-ROM drive. A science education CD-ROM based on the "Ask Isaac Asimov" series published by Gareth Stevens Inc. It features Asimov (actually, an actor portraying Asimov) appearing as a "holographic guide" in the Imperial Library on Trantor, guiding the visitor to five different Experimental Worlds, where Asimov engages in conversations with some of the great astronomers of history. A "hands-on learning adventure", each Experimental World includes an interactive experiment that teaches a principle of science. Includes glossaries, indexes, and the complete text from five books of the Gareth Stevens "Ask Isaac Asimov" series: Why Do We Have Different Seasons? What Is a Shooting Star? Why Does the Moon Change Shape? What Is an Eclipse? Why Do Stars Twinkle? _Isaac_Asimov's_Library_of_the_Universe_, Zane Publishing, 7 CD-ROM set. Compatible with both Macintosh and Windows. Macintosh requires 68030 or better, color monitor, system 7.0 or later, 8 MB memory, CD-ROM drive. Windows requires 386/33 or higher microprocessor, VGA or better color monitor, MS Windows 3.1 or later, 4 MB memory, CD_ROM drive; mouse and sound card recommended. Based on the Gareth Stevens series "Isaac Asimov's Library of the Universe", and contains more than 2,400 images, 255 minutes of feature presentations, questions and answers, interactive quizzes, customized glossaries, free Webster's New World Dictionary, and free American Concise Encyclopedia. Consists of 7 CD-ROMS, corresponding to Gareth Stevens titles as follows: The Solar System Our Solar System The Sun Comets and Meteors The Asteroids The Inner Planets Mercury: The Quick Planet Venus: A Shrouded Mystery Earth: Our Home Base The Earth's Moon Mars: Our Mysterious Neighbor The Outer Planets Jupiter: The Spotted Giant Saturn: The Ringed Beauty Uranus: The Sideways Planet Neptune: The Farthest Giant Pluto: A Double Planet? The Universe How Was the Universe Born? Our Milky Way and Other Galaxies The Birth and Death of Stars Quasars, Pulsars, and Black Holes Astronomy Ancient Astronomy Mythology and the Universe Astronomy Today The Space Spotter's Guide Space Exploration Rockets, Probes, and Satellites Piloted Space Flights Colonizing the Planets and Stars Space Garbage Space Speculation Did Comets Kill the Dinosaurs? Science Fiction, Science Fact Is Their Life on Other Planets? Unidentified Flying Objects _Robot_City_, Byron Preiss Multimedia, CD-ROM. Available for Macintosh and Windows. An adventure game based on Isaac Asimov's Robot City, in which the player is the prime suspect when a human robotics expert has been murdered once a secret experiment has gone wrong. The player must elude hunter robots in a chase through a 3-D environment. BOARD GAMES _Isaac_Asimov_Presents_Star_Traders_, Steve Jackson games. A game of stellar cargo transportation with little relation to Asimov. _Isaac_Asimov_Presents_Superquiz_by_Waddington's_. A trivia game based on Ken Fisher's Superquiz books. Cards contain 5760 general knowledge questions with answers, in three levels of difficulty, and six categories: sports, history, science, geography, words, and movies. A pad of score sheets is included. ------------------------------ *6.2 Have any of Asimov's books or stories been made into a radio production, movie, or television series? RADIO: The Caves of Steel: BBC Radio Play, June 1989, faithfully adapted by Bert Coules, with Ed Bishop (UFO's Commander Straker) in the role of Elijah Baley. Liar: Broadcast on the radio program Exploring Tomorrow, Mutual Broadcasting System, sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, with an introduction and narration by John W. Campbell. The Foundation Trilogy: BBC Radio 4, in eight one-hour installments, May 6, 1973 - June 24, 1973 Hostess: X Minus One, NBC radio, December 12, 1956 C-Chute: X Minus One, NBC radio, September 8, 1956 Nightfall: Dimension X, NBC radio, September 29, 1951 Pebble in the Sky: Dimension X, NBC radio, June 17, 1951 FILM: Bicentennial Man: The movie was based on Asimov's short story "The Bicentennial Man" and Robert Silverberg's novelization _The Positronic Man_, and was released in the U.S. on December 17, 1999. The Touchstone Pictures production starred Robin Williams as Andrew Martin, and was directed by Chris Columbus. Foundation: The rights to a _Foundation_ movie were purchased in 1994, but as the _I, Robot_ experience illustrates, it remains to be seen if a film will ever be produced and released. Nightfall: A movie named _Nightfall_ was made after a group in Hollywood bought the rights from Doubleday in the late 1980's. The movie plot had practically no relation to the story, and by all accounts is truly and thoroughly awful. Asimov was never consulted in the making of it, and completely disowned any responsibility for it. _Nightfall_ was released in 1988, starring David Birney and Sarah Douglas; directed by Paul Mayersberg; running time 83 minutes. If you should happen to have a chance to view it, run, don't walk, the other way. Another version of _Nightfall_ was made and released directly to DVD in 2000, starring David Carradine and Robert Stevens, directed by Gwyneth Libby, with a running time 85 minutes. By all accounts, it too is dreadful. Light Years: An animated science fiction film from France, for which Asimov took the original, poorly done translation to English, and reworked the translation into good English. He did not have any part in writing the script or story, concerning a warrior that begins an adventure into the future in a search to discover the unseen evil force that is destroying his world. _Light_Years_ was released in 1988; directed by Rene Laloux, running time 79 minutes. Sleeper: Asimov's work on Woody Allen's 1973 science fiction spoof was very minor. In 1972, Asimov was asked, as an expert in science and science fiction, to read over the script and identify any mistakes that Allen, who knew relatively little about those subjects, might have made. Asimov, who was a fan of Allen's, read the script and loved it, and stated flatly that it was perfect and needed no changes. Asimov was offered the position of technical director for the movie, but refused, since that would require a lot of travel. Instead he recommended Ben Bova, who took the job "and did very well". The Ugly Little Boy: This short story was made into a film by Encyclopedia Brittanica in the 1970s. Star Trek - The Motion Picture: At the request of Gene Roddenberry, Asimov provided advice for this picture, and was listed at the very end of the credits as the Science Adviser. I, Robot: In August 1967, John Mantley, the producer of the television show "Gunsmoke" expressed interest in Asimov's robot stories, and paid for option rights. The option was renewed every year for the next twelve years until finally the rights to produce a movie were bought. After Asimov refused to do the screen adaptation, Harlan Ellison was hired, and though he wrote a screenplay in that Asimov was greatly pleased with, the movie was never made. Ellison tells the story of his battle with Hollywood in the introduction to _I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay_, published in December 1994. Fantastic Voyage: Rather than an Asimov story made into a movie, FV is a movie for which Asimov wrote a novelization of the screenplay. Initially he considered such a project as beneath his dignity, but then warmed to the idea once he realized that he could include a lot of anatomy and physiology. In his book he tried to correct some of the most glaring flaws in the screenplay, but nevertheless felt uncomfortable about the whole idea of miniaturization. (His dissatisfaction eventually led him to write _Fantastic_Voyage_II_.) Asimov wrote so much faster than the movie was produced that the book came out half a year before the movie was released, giving the mistaken impression that the movie was based on the book. He is not listed in the credits of the movie because he had no part in its production. _Fantastic_Voyage_ was released in 1966, starring Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, and Donald Pleasance; directed by Richard Fleischer; running time 100 minutes. Evidence: In September of 1946, Asimov sold the movie, radio, and television rights to the short story "Evidence" for $250 to Hollywood director Orson Welles. Welles never made a movie from the story. TELEVISION: The Android Affair: This is a made-for-cable movie first broadcast by the USA cable channel in April 1995, and advertised as being "based on a story by Isaac Asimov". In fact, Asimov's involvement was slight -- the actual screenplay was based on a shorter film, and Asimov was given co-credit for the story of the shorter work. In particular, the plot is not based on any of Asimov's published work and involves some very non-Asimovian androids, who are not positronic and gleefully lack the First Law. Probe: Asimov was credited as adviser and co-creator of this television series, which lasted for a 2-hour pilot and six 1-hour episodes on ABC in 1988 before a writer's strike came along and ended the series. It starred Parker Stevenson as brilliant young scientist Austin James, who owned his own high-tech think tank consulting firm, and used his scientific expertise to solve baffling crimes as a sort of modern day Sherlock Holmes. Salvage 1: A science fiction television series starring Andy Griffith which aired on ABC in 1979, for which Asimov served as a science adviser. Griffith played Harry Broderick, a scrap and salvage man who undertook such adventures as building a rocket that took him to the moon to collect abandoned space hardware, moving an iceberg from the North Pole to provide water for a drought-stricken island, and pumping oil from dried-out wells. Out of the Unknown: Six of Asimov's stories were used for episodes of this British TV anthology series, which ran on the BBC in the U.K. for 25 episodes from 1965 to 1966, and for a third season of 13 episodes in 1969. "The Dead Past" and "Sucker Bait" appeared in the first season in 1965; "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and "Reason" (retitled "The Prophet") in the second season (1966); and both "Liar!" and "The Naked Sun" ran during the third season in 1969. Many of these episodes no longer exist in the BBC's film archives. The only complete episodes remaining are "The Dead Past" and "Sucker Bait". A few clips from "Liar!" and "Satisfaction Guaranteed" have also survived, and turn up from time to time in documentaries about Asimovs work. Asimov presented an episode titled "Robot", about developments in robotics, in December 1967 as part of the BBC documentary series "Towards Tomorrow". This is thought to be the original source of surviving clips from the Out of the Unknown teleplay "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and the BBC teleplay of "Caves of Steel". In the UK, a BBC documentary series hosted by Gillian Anderson titled "Future Fantastic" was broadcast in 1997. One particular edition was titled "I, Robot", and focused a great deal on Asimov's work. It also contained some of the rare clips from "Liar!" and "The Caves of Steel". The Caves of Steel BBC 2 did a production of _The Caves of Steel_ that was broadcast as part of "Story Parade" on June 5, 1964 and repeated on August 28, 1964. The teleplay was by Terry Nation (who invented "Blake's 7" and the Daleks in Dr. Who), and Elijah Baley was played by the late Peter Cushing. It also starred John Carson and Kenneth J. Warren. The master tapes of the program were erased, however a few clips from the production have turned up in various documentaries about Asimov's work. Little Lost Robot The story "Little Lost Robot" was made as an episode of the British anthology series "Out of This World", produced by ABC television in 1962. This series is commonly confused with the later BBC series "Out of the Unknown". "Out of This World" ran for thirteen episodes, and like the later BBC series, it presented adaptations of famous SF works as well as original teleplays. (It was script-edited by Irene Shubik, who also script-edited the 1964 BBC version of "The Caves of Steel", and both produced and script-edited "Out of the Unknown"). The adaptation of "Little Lost Robot" is the only known surviving example of the Out of This World series, the other episodes having been erased by ABC many years ago. ----------------------------------------------------------------------