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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2017 2:10 p.m. PST

"Deadline revealed today that a television series is going to be made out of Isaac Asimov's sf classic FOUNDATION and it will be done by David S. Goyer who gave us Da Vinci's Demons. Skydance Television will produce the complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire. The protagonist is a psycho-historian who has an ability to read the future and foresees the empire's imminent collapse. He sets out to save the knowledge of mankind from being wiped out. Most of the famous sf films have been heavily influenced by this trilogy"

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Ghostrunner27 Jun 2017 2:25 p.m. PST

I can see the reviews now:

-'Another Star Wars rip off'

-'Relies too much on weird techo-babble about math! Please just punch a blue alien in the face!'

-'Speaking of which – where are the blue aliens?!?'

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian27 Jun 2017 3:30 p.m. PST

The protagonist is a psycho-historian who has an ability to read the future and foresees the empire's imminent collapse. He sets out to save the knowledge of mankind from being wiped out.

Isn't he long-dead at the start of the trilogy? Not a good sign…

Micman Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2017 3:37 p.m. PST

Yes Hari Seldon dies ( okay I had to look up the spelling but I did remember the name!)

I wonder if they are going to update the tech or go with that 40/50's atomic everything?

Pythagoras27 Jun 2017 5:09 p.m. PST

You only need high technology to get to space. Once you are there, rubber bands and snow cones.

tnjrp27 Jun 2017 7:27 p.m. PST

Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP 27 Jun 2017 4:30 p.m. PST:

Isn't he long-dead at the start of the trilogy? Not a good sign…
Hari's in part 1 of 4 in the first book. Goyer can easily pad that out with enough a**kicking and sex to get a season's worth out of it at least.

Incidentally, I'm not quite 100% sure about this either:

Most of the famous sf films have been heavily influenced by this trilogy

I suppose it depends on which films count as "famous" tho.

VVV reply28 Jun 2017 12:15 a.m. PST

Actually he was not looking to save humanity's knowledge but rather set up the circumstances for a new galactic empire to arise quickly. The 1st Foundation was a con.
I am afraid that the books rapidly went downhill after the first one.

Garand28 Jun 2017 7:34 a.m. PST

I liked the series well enough, though I think the historiography it is based on is also a little suspect, with the idea of the "light" of Rome and the following 1000 years of "dark Ages" that followed before you got to the Good Stuff of the Renaissance, which I think Asimov in the '40s & '50s was very much influenced. I still liked it well enough though…

Damon.

John Leahy28 Jun 2017 10:46 a.m. PST

I remember the 'mule'. Been probably 30+ years since I read it.

goragrad28 Jun 2017 1:56 p.m. PST

Read these in high school and thought they were good.

In looking back they has a technocratic worldview that believed that society's course could be mapped and manipulated by someone with the right knowledge.

If it were only that easy…

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2017 6:06 p.m. PST

maybe it is. Only the Illuminati know.

VVV reply29 Jun 2017 2:06 a.m. PST

In looking back they has a technocratic worldview that believed that society's course could be mapped and manipulated by someone with the right knowledge.

You have it. Sort of like advertising on steroids.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2017 11:26 a.m. PST

Sounds like he's some sort of superhero with that "ability"….he wasn't, it was his refinement and invention of a branch of sociology. He developed psychohistory, an algorithmic science that allows him to predict the future in probabilistic terms.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2017 11:29 a.m. PST

Here's the link:

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VVV reply30 Jun 2017 12:33 a.m. PST

Don't forget that 2nd Foundation went on to learn how to control minds fairly good super-hero ability.
But my problem with Asimov is his weak writing about people. The tech and empire stuff he is good at.

. The protagonist is a psycho-historian who has an ability to read the future and foresees the empire's imminent collapse. He sets out to save the knowledge of mankind from being wiped out.

Obviously someone who does not have a clue about Foundation.

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