While some women's groups protest the creation of female androids for any purpose, the creation of artificial life as a servant class is prohibitively warned against by some of the greatest science fiction minds including Isaac Asimov.
The first four volumes, originally published in Mentor Books and recently reprinted by Scarecrow Books, trace the origins of science fiction from Lucian of Samosata through Wells, Heinlein, and Asimov, up to George Alec Effinger.
An unusual entry into our gender-bender category - a novel by Golden Age icon Isaac Asimov, known for years for the chasteness of his prose, The Gods Themselves was published in 1972 and won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards.
Unlike many commercial ventures striving to make money off of pop culture, the SciFi Channel made sure that it was the real deal, including Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and author Isaac Asimov on its board of directors.
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) is considered (with good cause) one of the writers of science fiction's Golden Age, that period of ferment that spanned the fifties and sixties.
Not only does Asimov establish a future milieu, he painstakingly works out the human consequences of living within that milieu.
The image of Isaac Asimov is of the mature eccentric with the white mutton-chop sideburns and the black-framed geek glasses.
Asimov returned to his galaxy-spanning 'Foundation Universe' in the '80s with Foundation's Edge, and Foundation and Earth.
In The Caves of Steel (1954), a full-length science-fiction murder mystery, Asimov first introduces us to R.
Isaac Asimov sold his first short story, Marooned off Vesta, to Amazing Stories when he was eighteen.