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Being a Better Geek: A Brief Introduction to Foundation and Isaac Asimov

Posted on 12 May 2012 by VinnieAve

So DM has been busy with Free Comic Day, both set-up the event itself and the breakdown. So he didn’t have much time this week to read our next Being a Better Geek project, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation. This is one of the great works of Sci-fi literature. Asimove wrote the stories contained in Foundation after reading William Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. He wanted to tell a similar tale but how to rebuild. The book begins with Hari Seldon telling the leaders of the Galactic Empire how the Empire will collapse. He develops a plan to make the time between the fall and the emergence of the second empire much shorter. This book chronicles the first 150 years of the 1000 year Seldon Plan.

This book has influenced many of sci-fi authors since him, either those who are building from him or trying to actively not be like him. These include J. Micheal Straczynski (Babylon 5) and Yoshiki Tanaka (Legend of the Galactic Heroes). Beyond this Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman has said this book and its idea of psychohistory caused him to go into economics. It almost made me go into history. Below I’ve linked to some articles about Asimov and how he’s one of the greatest writers in history. His books are ones filled with hope for the future and mankind’s ability to weather the storm and come out for the better.

Wikipedia Article

Cracked Article

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