SHORT TAKES : Asimov Creates Sci-Fi TV Hero

From Times Wire Services

Isaac Asimov, who has written more than 400 books, has created new futuristic superhero characters and a storyline for an animated special to air on the cable Sci-Fi Channel.

Mitchell Rubenstein, president of the Sci-Fi Channel, said that there are also plans to translate the animated special into comic book form.

Asimov's principal character is a scientist specializing in genetic engineering, and the creator of several distinctive superhero androids, each with certain super-human abilities. The scientist will not be a man of super strength. His forte will be his quick mind, not his quick fists.

Asimov serves on the Sci-Fi Channel's board of advisers with Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek.

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