Janet Asimov

Janet Opal Asimov (née Jeppson; born August 6, 1926 in Ashland, Pennsylvania), usually writing as J. O. Jeppson, is an American science fiction writer, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst.

She started writing children's science fiction in the 1970s. She was married to Isaac Asimov from 1973 until his death in 1992, and they collaborated on a number of science fiction books aimed at young readers, including the Norby series.

Janet Asimov
BornJanet Opal Jeppson
August 6, 1926 (age 92)
Ashland, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Pen nameJ O Jeppson
OccupationWriter, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst
EducationStanford University (B.A.)
New York University Medical School (M.D.)
William Alanson White Institute of Psychoanalysis
GenreScience fiction
Isaac Asimov
(m. 1973; his death 1992)

Education and career

Jeppson earned a B.A. degree from Stanford University (first attending Wellesley College), her M.D. degree from New York University Medical School, completing a residency in psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital. In 1960, she graduated from the William Alanson White Institute of Psychoanalysis, where she continued to work until 1986.[1] After her marriage to Isaac Asimov, she continued to practiced psychiatry under the name Janet O. Jeppson, and she published medical papers under that name.

Personal life

Janet Jeppson began dating Isaac Asimov in 1970 immediately following his separation from Gertrude Blugerman.[2] They were married on November 30, 1973, two weeks after Asimov’s divorce from Gertrude.[3] Despite Jeppson's upbringing in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[4] their marriage was officiated by a leader of Ethical Culture, a religion that Janet later joined.[5] Their marriage lasted until Isaac's death in 1992 from complications relating to HIV, contracted from a 1983 blood transfusion during bypass surgery.[6] Janet reportedly consulted medical texts after Isaac began exhibiting symptoms, and she requested an HIV test be performed. His doctors insisted she was wrong and only tested Isaac for the infection after he became seriously ill. She wanted the information made public, but doctors insisted upon not disclosing it, even after Isaac died. After the doctors demanding silence had all passed away, Janet Asimov went public with the knowledge.[7]


Janet Asimov's first published writing was a "mystery short" sold to Hans Stefan Santesson for The Saint Mystery Magazine and appearing in the May 1966 issue.[1] Her first novel was The Second Experiment in 1974;[8] Asimov wrote mostly science fiction novels for children throughout her career.[9] In addition to writing, Janet Asimov is a psychiatrist. She incorporates aspects of psychoanalysis, human identity, and other psychiatry-related ideas in her writing.[9] According to Isaac Asimov, Janet Asimov's books that were written in association with him were 90 percent Janet's, and his name was wanted on the books by the publisher "for the betterment of sales".[10] After Isaac's death, she took on the writing of his syndicated popular-science column.[11]


Norby Chronicles (with Isaac Asimov)

  • Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot (1983)
  • Norby's Other Secret (1984)
  • Norby and the Lost Princess (1985)
  • Norby and the Invaders (1985)
  • Norby and the Queen's Necklace (1986)
  • Norby Finds a Villain (1987)
  • Norby Down to Earth (1988)
  • Norby and Yobo's Great Adventure (1989)
  • Norby and the Oldest Dragon (1990)
  • Norby and the Court Jester (1991)
  • Norby and the Terrified Taxi (1997) Written alone, after her husband's death.


  • The Second Experiment (1974) (as J.O. Jeppson)
  • The Last Immortal (1980) (a sequel to The Second Experiment) (as J.O. Jeppson)
  • Mind Transfer (1988)
  • The Package in Hyperspace (1988)[12]
  • Murder at the Galactic Writers' Society (1995)
  • The House Where Isadora Danced (2009) (as J.O. Jeppson)


  • The Mysterious Cure, and Other Stories of Pshrinks Anonymous (1985) (as J.O. Jeppson hardcover, as Janet Asimov paperback)[13]
  • The Touch: Epidemic of the Millennium. Edited by Patrick Merla. ISBN 0-7434-0715-6. (Janet Asimov contributor)


  • Laughing Space: Funny Science Fiction Chuckled Over (1982) with Isaac Asimov


  • How to Enjoy Writing: A Book of Aid and Comfort (1987) with Isaac Asimov
  • Frontiers II (1993) with Isaac Asimov
  • It's Been a Good Life (2002) edited, with Isaac Asimov
  • Notes for a Memoir: On Isaac Asimov, Life, and Writing (as Janet Jeppson Asimov) (New York: Prometheus Books, 2006); ISBN 1-59102-405-6[14]

Medical Writing

  • Alcohol biomarkers: clinical significance and biochemical basis (2001) with Lakshman, R., et. al.[15]
  • Towards common reference intervals in clinical chemistry. An attempt at harmonization between three hospital laboratories in Skåne, Sweden. (1999) with Bäck, S. E., et. al.[16]
  • High-voltage electrophoresis in urinary amino acid screening. (1970) with Holmgren, G. & Samuelson, G.[17]


  1. ^ a b I. Asimov: A Memoir. Isaac Asimov. Bantam Books. 1995. pgs. 259, 366; ISBN 0-553-56997-X
  2. ^ Asimov, Isaac (1975). Buy Jupiter and Other Stories. VGSF. p. 205.
  3. ^ Asimov, Isaac (1980). In Joy Still Felt: The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov, 1954-1978. Garden City, New York: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-15544-1.
  4. ^ "7 Famous People Who Married Mormons". LDS Living. 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2018-08-19.
  5. ^ Ericson, Edward L. The Humanist Way: An Introduction to Ethical Humanist Religion. The Continuum Publishing Company, 1988, p. viii.
  6. ^ "Isaac Asimov FAQ". www.asimovonline.com. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  7. ^ "Locus Online: Letter from Janet Asimov". www.locusmag.com. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  8. ^ "THE SECOND EXPERIMENT by Jeppson. J. O." Kirkus Reviews. 1974.
  9. ^ a b "Authors : Asimov, Janet : SFE : Science Fiction Encyclopedia". www.sf-encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  10. ^ I. Asimov: A Memoir. Isaac Asimov. Bantam Books. 1995. pgs. 366–7; ISBN 0-553-56997-X
  11. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Frontiers 2: 2more Recent Discoveries about Life, Earth, Space and the Universe by Isaac Asimov, Author, Janet Asimov, Author Dutton Books $23 (384p) ISBN 978-0-525-93631-2". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  12. ^ "THE PACKAGE IN HYPERSPACE by Janet Asimov". Kirkus Reviews. 1988.
  13. ^ I. Asimov: A Memoir.. Isaac Asimov. Bantam Books. 1995. p. 367. ISBN 0-553-56997-X
  14. ^ Youngquist, Paul (2008). "Review of Notes for a Memoir: On Isaac Asimov, Life, and Writing". History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. 30 (3/4): 479–480. JSTOR 23334473.
  15. ^ Lakshman, R.; Tsutsumi, M.; Ghosh, P.; Takase, S.; Anni, H.; Nikolaeva, O.; Israel, Y.; Anton, R. F.; Lesch, O. M. (May 2001). "Alcohol biomarkers: clinical significance and biochemical basis". Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research. 25 (5 Suppl ISBRA): 67S–70S. ISSN 0145-6008. PMID 11391052.
  16. ^ Bäck, S. E.; Nilsson, J. E.; Fex, G.; Jeppson, J. O.; Rosén, U.; Tryding, N.; von Schenck, H.; Norlund, L. (May 1999). "Towards common reference intervals in clinical chemistry. An attempt at harmonization between three hospital laboratories in Skåne, Sweden". Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine. 37 (5): 573–592. doi:10.1515/CCLM.1999.091. ISSN 1434-6621. PMID 10418749.
  17. ^ Holmgren, G.; Jeppson, J. O.; Samuelson, G. (December 1970). "High-voltage electrophoresis in urinary amino acid screening". Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation. 26 (4): 313–318. doi:10.3109/00365517009046239. ISSN 0036-5513. PMID 5486398.

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Affair of the Diamond Necklace

The Affair of the Diamond Necklace was an incident from 1784 through 1785 at the court of King Louis XVI of France involving his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette. The reputation of the Queen, already tarnished by gossip, was ruined by the implication that she participated in a crime to defraud the crown jewelers of the cost of a very expensive diamond necklace. The Affair is historically significant as one of the events that led to the French populace's disillusionment with the monarchy, which, among other causes, eventually precipitated the French Revolution.

Ashland, Pennsylvania

Ashland is a borough in Schuylkill County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Pottsville. A small part of the borough also lies in Columbia County, although all of the population resided in the Schuylkill County portion as of the 2010 census. The borough lies in the anthracite coal region of eastern Pennsylvania. Settled in 1850, Ashland was incorporated in 1857, and was named for Henry Clay's estate near Lexington, Kentucky. The population in 1900 was 6,438, and in 1940, 7,045, but had dropped to 2,817 at the 2010 census.Ashland is part of the Pottsville Micropolitan Statistical Area.

It is the location of Pioneer Tunnel, a tourist attraction featuring a tour of a coal mine on mine cars and a separate 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) narrow gauge steam train ride.

Asimov (surname)

Asimov is a Jewish surname of Russian origin; see "Isaac Asimov" for its genesis. Notable people with the surname include:

Isaac Asimov (1920–1992), American essayist, scientist, novelist, written commentator, science fiction writer

Janet Asimov (born 1926), American science fiction writer, wife of Isaac

Stanley Asimov (1929-1995), American journalist and newspaper executive, former vice-president for editorial administration at Newsday, brother of Isaac

Eric Asimov (born 1957), American wine critic, son of Stanley

Nanette Asimov (born c. 1959), American journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, daughter of Stanley

Autobiographies of Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (1920–1992) wrote three volumes of autobiography. In Memory Yet Green (1979) and In Joy Still Felt (1980) were a two-volume work, covering his life up to 1978. The third volume, I Asimov: A Memoir (1994), published after his death, was not a sequel but a new work which covered his whole life. This third book won a Hugo Award.Before writing these books, Asimov also published three anthologies of science fiction stories which contained autobiographical accounts of his life in the introductions to the stories: The Early Asimov (1972), Before the Golden Age (1974), and Buy Jupiter and Other Stories (1975).

Foundation's Friends

Foundation's Friends, Stories in Honor of Isaac Asimov is a 1989 book written in honor of science fiction author Isaac Asimov, in the form of an anthology of short stories set in Asimov's universes, particularly the Robot/Empire/Foundation universe. The anthology was edited by Martin H. Greenberg, and contributing authors include Ray Bradbury, Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl, Poul Anderson, Harry Turtledove, and Orson Scott Card. A "revised and expanded" edition was published in 1997, which added numerous memorials and appreciations written by those who knew him, many of them well-known authors and editors from the science fiction field.

Hardback: ISBN 0-312-93174-3

Paperback: ISBN 0-8125-0980-3

Revised and Expanded Edition (Paperback): ISBN 0-8125-6770-6

Foundation series

The Foundation series is a science fiction book series written by American author Isaac Asimov. For nearly thirty years, the series was a trilogy: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. It won the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966. Asimov began adding to the series in 1981, with two sequels: Foundation's Edge, Foundation and Earth, and two prequels: Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foundation. The additions made reference to events in Asimov's Robot and Empire series, indicating that they were also set in the same fictional universe.

The premise of the series is that the mathematician Hari Seldon spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory, a concept of mathematical sociology. Using the laws of mass action, it can predict the future, but only on a large scale. Seldon foresees the imminent fall of the Galactic Empire, which encompasses the entire Milky Way, and a dark age lasting 30,000 years before a second great empire arises. Seldon's calculations also show there is a way to limit this interregnum to just one thousand years. To ensure the more favorable outcome and reduce human misery during the intervening period, Seldon creates the Foundation – a group of talented artisans and engineers positioned at the twinned extreme ends of the galaxy – to preserve and expand on humanity's collective knowledge, and thus become the foundation for the accelerated resurgence of this new galactic empire.

Isaac's Universe

Isaac's Universe is a fictional universe created by Isaac Asimov for other science fiction writers to use as a setting. Isaac's Universe: Volume One: The Diplomacy Guild, the initial collection of science fiction short stories, was edited by Martin H. Greenberg and published in 1990 by Avon Books. It introduces the collaborative universe created by Asimov which eventually resulted in five volumes: three short story collections and two novels.

Volume One: The Diplomacy Guild is 258 pages long, not counting an additional couple of pages in back on the authors contributing their works. There is also an introduction by Isaac Asimov that is seven pages long. This was followed by Volume Two: Phases in Chaos and Volume Three: Unnatural Diplomacy. The novels are: Fossil by Hal Clement and Murder at the Galactic Writers' Society by Janet Asimov.

The premise of Isaac's Universe is that the Milky Way Galaxy in the future is populated by six high-tech, space-faring species:

Erthumoi: Human beings, who have colonized many planets beyond Earth and have extended their lifespans with rejuvenation treatments.

Cephallonians: An aquatic species who live in water-filled spaceships, described by Asimov as vaguely analogous to porpoises.

Locrians: A skeletal, insect-like species, adapted to a low-oxygen atmosphere with neon rather than nitrogen.

Naxians: Limbless, snake-like beings, able to read the emotional state of individuals from any organic species just by observing them.

Crotonites: A small winged species who live in an atmosphere poisonous to the other species, and who consider the other species inferior and look on them with contempt.

Samians: Physically powerful, slow-moving, block-like creatures with no appendages who live on a high gravity planet.Robert Silverberg, who wrote the first Isaac's Universe story, added the idea that there is a seventh, mysterious race which has never been seen, but which has left behind artifacts spread throughout the galaxy.

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (; c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer who wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification.Asimov wrote hard science fiction. Along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, Asimov was considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov's most famous work is the "Foundation" series; his other major series are the "Galactic Empire" series and the Robot series. The Galactic Empire novels are set in earlier history of the same fictional universe as the Foundation series. Later, with Foundation and Earth (1986), he linked this distant future to the Robot stories, creating a unified "future history" for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. He wrote hundreds of short stories, including the social science fiction novelette "Nightfall"; in 1964, it was voted the best short science fiction story of all time by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.Asimov also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as much nonfiction. Most of his popular science books explain concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage. Examples include Guide to Science, the three-volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery, as well as works on chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, history, and William Shakespeare's writings.

He was president of the American Humanist Association. The asteroid 5020 Asimov, a crater on the planet Mars, a Brooklyn elementary school, and a literary award are named in his honor.

Isaac Asimov bibliography (categorical)

Depending on the counting convention used, and including all titles, charts, and edited collections, there may be currently over 500 books in Isaac Asimov's bibliography— as well as his individual short stories, individual essays, and criticism. For his 100th, 200th, and 300th books (based on his personal count), Asimov published Opus 100 (1969), Opus 200 (1979), and Opus 300 (1984), celebrating his writing.Asimov was so prolific that his books span all major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification except for category 100, philosophy and psychology. Although Asimov did write several essays about psychology, and forewords for the books The Humanist Way (1988) and In Pursuit of Truth (1982), which were classified in the 100s category, none of his own books was classified in that category.According to UNESCO's Index Translationum database, Asimov is the world's 24th most-translated author.An online exhibit in West Virginia University Libraries' virtually complete Asimov Collection displays features, visuals, and descriptions of some of his over 600 books, games, audio recordings, videos, and wall charts. Many first, rare, and autographed editions are in the Libraries' Rare Book Room. Book jackets and autographs are presented online along with descriptions and images of children's books, science fiction art, multimedia, and other materials in the collection.For a listing of Asimov's science fiction books in chronological order within his future history, see the Foundation series list of books.

It's Been a Good Life

It's Been a Good Life (2002) is a book edited by Janet Jeppson Asimov. The book, published by Prometheus Books (ISBN 1-57392-968-9), is a collection of Isaac Asimov's diaries, personal letters, and a condensation of his three earlier autobiographies:

In Memory Yet Green, (1979, Doubleday)

In Joy Still Felt, (1980, Doubleday)

I. Asimov: A Memoir, (1994, Doubleday)Janet Jeppson Asimov's primary role was in choosing the entries and occasionally editing them so the reader would know the people of whom he was speaking. In one case, her edited version is less explicit than Isaac's original, where Isaac and "a famous man" debate anti-Semitism (chapter 23 of the book). The famous man voices opposition to scientists since some had aided the Holocaust, and Isaac replies that this is exactly the same as condemning the Jews for crucifying Jesus. The edited version omits the celebrity's name—Elie Wiesel.

In this book Janet Asimov revealed for the first time that Isaac had died of AIDS. This had been kept a secret at the time – April 1992 – because of widespread prejudice against AIDS patients at the time.

The title "it's been a good life" is a quote from the concluding page of Asimov Laughs Again (1991), one of his last works.

List of people from Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, the fifth most populous state in the United States, is the birthplace or childhood home of many famous Americans. People from Pennsylvania are called "Pennsylvanians".

The following is a list of notable Americans who were born and/or lived a significant portion of their lives, in Pennsylvania, along with their primary Pennsylvania city or town of residence.

Mind Transfer (novel)

Mind Transfer is a science fiction novel by Janet Asimov (as Janet Jeppson Asimov), published by Walker Publishing Company, Inc. in 1988. The novel journeys through the birth, life, death, and second life of a man whose family pioneers human-to-android mind transfer. It also explores the ethical and moral issues of transferring consciousness into an android at the moment of death, and examines the idea of prematurely activating an android which has not yet accepted a human brain scan.

Mind transfer (disambiguation)

Mind transfer may refer to:

Mind uploading, a transfer of biological (human) mind to artificial media: computer, information network, cyborg, robot, etc.

Mind swap, a transfer of a biological (human) mind to another biological body


Mind Transfer (novel), a 1988 science fiction story by Janet Asimov


Norby is a fictional robot created by Janet Asimov and Isaac Asimov who stars in his own series of children's science fiction books, The Norby Chronicles. His first appearance was in the 1983 book Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot, in total he appeared in 11 novels in the 'Norby' series. According to Isaac Asimov, although Janet Asimov did 90% of the work, his "name was wanted on the book for the betterment of sales [and he] went over the manuscript and polished it a bit."

Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot

Norby The Mixed-Up Robot (1983) is the first book in the Norby series by Janet Asimov and Isaac Asimov. In it, Jefferson Wells and Norby stop Ing from taking over the Solar System with the help of Jeff's brother Fargo Wells, police officer Albany Jones, and Admiral Boris Yobo. According to Isaac Asimov, although Janet Asimov did 90% of the work, his "name was wanted on the book for the betterment of sales [and he] went over the manuscript and polished it a bit." It, along with its sequel, was illustrated for Boys' Life.

Physician writer

Physician writers are physicians who write creatively in fields outside their practice of medicine.

The following is a partial list of physician-writers by historic epoch or century in which the author was born, arranged in alphabetical order.

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