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The Secrets Behind Pop Culture's Most Mysterious Pseudonyms
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The Secrets Behind Pop Culture's Most Mysterious Pseudonyms | Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov

Pseudonym: ‘Paul French’

The visionary sci-fi author and popular scientist is best known for his Robot and Foundation novels, with their three laws and their complex “psychohistory” respectively. And away from his core interests, he wrote sci-fi adventures for children, as Paul French.

The first of the Lucky Starr books was commissioned from Asimov to form the basis of a potential TV series, which, given Asimov’s disdain for the shows he was seeing, he didn’t want his name anywhere near. Hence the alter ego, which stretched to six adventures between 1952 and 1958. Once plans for the show fell through, he ceased worrying whether people knew French was him, and even threw the Laws of Robotics into the penultimate volume as a not-too-subtle clue.

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