In the late 1930s, though, Asimov had also begun penning short sci-fi stories. And in March of 1939, the American magazine Amazing Stories agreed to publish one of his tales: Marooned Off Vesta. This was Asimov’s first published piece and earned him the equivalent of over $1,000 in today’s money. Yet it would still be a while before writing would become his full-time career.
Over the years, though, Asimov penned many more short stories. In 1941, for instance, the author wrote what many consider his first classic: Nightfall, the story of a planet that is suddenly consumed by darkness. And with its publication, Asimov enjoyed a newfound kudos within the world of science fiction. However, he still could not pay his bills through writing alone.
In 1942, then, Asimov began working at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard as a civilian chemist – a role that came with a decent salary. And with this financial stability, the writer was able to marry his girlfriend, Gertrude, and begin planning a family. Yet even though Asimov continued to earn money through his stories, he still didn’t believe that writing was a feasible career path.