My question is at the bottom of the post.
While reading through another question on this site, I came across Neal Barrett Jr's Through Darkest America. Boldly at the top of the book it says "Isaac Asimov Presents." It even confused the user asking to identify the book, who though the author was Asimov.
I tried to find more information about the "Isaac Asimov Presents" series of books, but my research is clouded by the original anthology series. Here's a cover for the first book in the anthology series:
That series, which I didn't know about and need to invest in, is 25 volumes long. Unfortunately, it's also everywhere and it's getting in the way of my efforts to find information about what I'll call a sibling project, the "Isaac Asimov Presents" series of books. For example:
I'm guessing, but it appears that the popularity of the anthology series led to the use of the "Isaac Asimov Presents" title for single-volume (non-anthology) stories. Almost like a publishing imprint or an investment. However, the three books shown above appear to have been published by different publishers (not even imprints of the same publisher). Which suggests Asimov was putting his stamp of approval on SciFi that deserved recognition. Or, for all I know, he was getting paid to slap one of the most valuable labels in SciFi on books.
It doesn't help that the bibliographies I could find for Asimov don't include stories like Through Darkest America and Pennterra. Why should they? He neither authored nor edited the stories. At best he provided an introduction to them. But, that further clouds my research into the history of this "project."
Question: Does anyone know the history of the "Isaac Asimov Presents" project (if it can be called that) outside the series of anthologies?
- Extra points if someone can provide either a link to a bibliography or, better still, provide a bibliography of all the non-anthology books carrying the "Isaac Asimov Presents" label.