I am almost finished reading Isaac Asimov’s Forward the Foundation. Despite the fact that Asimov is by far my favorite SF author, I wonder whether FtF is actually science fiction? The reader might ask if I am crazy as the Foundation series is set in space and in the future. However, I do not consider these two condition sufficient to consider a work of fiction to be science fiction. Continue reading →
I am currently reading Forward the Foundation by Isaac Asimov. However, I won’t review the book here, but I would like to discuss the topic of “galactic empires” – a common trope in science fiction. Though galactic empires are meant to be impressive, I question both the feasibility and desirability of such political configurations. Continue reading →
Recently I have read David Brin’s Foundation’s Triumph, a science fiction novel set in the foundation universe created by Isaac Asimov. As a science fiction novel Foundation’s Triumph is absolutely a good read, with great plot lines. Nevertheless I have some issues with the underlining concepts of the Foundation Universe, which are in no way limited to Brin’s excellent novel.
Originally Asimov’s Robot series and Foundation and Empire series formed two or three separate universes. It was only in the early 1980s that Asimov merged these series into one universe. Personally, I think this was a mistake, not because his subsequent novels were bad, but because I believe there is a fundamental inconsistency between the Robot and the Empire/Foundation series. Continue reading →