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Asimov, the late doyen of science fiction, had a productivity that frightened all but the most prolific novelists. His books were published in nine of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal System. So how did he do it? This deck shows you how he managed to out-write other authors by a factor of 10 or even 100?

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