Asimov and the Dewey Challenge

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.

Isaac Asimov 

In looking for role models  for my life, I must say I’m inspired by Isaac Asimov.    An author, scientist, editor and all around deep thinker, he wrote about 500 books.  500.  I think I’ll shoot for 50.  There is a myth that he wrote in all 9 major categories of the Dewey Decimal system, but apparently it was on a technicality.  In the 100s (Philosophy and Psychology), he only wrote an introduction to a book.

I started wondering about what I would write about if I wrote a book for each category (is this something only librarians can get behind?).  Here’s my list. Try it yourself!

Dewey Listing and Books I’d Write:

000 Generalities

  • How to Teach Basic Computer Literacy
  • 101 cheap Library Programs

100 Philosophy & psychology

  • Gamer’s Guide to Real Life
  • Philosophy of Roleplaying Games

200 Religion

  • Greek and Roman Goddesses

300 Social sciences

  • Fairy Tales From Around the World

400 Language

  • Typewriter Tangled: the origins of modern punctuation

500 Natural sciences & mathematics

  • 50 Nature Experiments
  • Australian Animals

600 Technology (Applied sciences)

  • Geek Guide to Getting Healthy

700 The arts

  • Handmade Toys to Craft, Knit and Sew

800 Literature & rhetoric

  • Outsmarting Writer’s Block

900 Geography & history

  • History of Rensselaer
  • Martha’s Vineyard on a Budget


4 Replies to “Asimov and the Dewey Challenge”

  1. I’d love to read ‘Gamer’s Guide to Real Life’, ‘101 Library Programs’ and ‘Typewriter Tangled’. Heck, I’d love to help contribute to the first!

    1. ShadowHawk! Welcome to the Folly! I’d love your input on the Gamer’s Guide to RL- I did something with it back in … um, the day.

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