> "The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising bureaucracy, a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of curiosity - a hundred other factors. It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop.”
Rising bureaucracy: it's harder than ever to get anything done because of all the rules, laws and regulations preventing one from enacting change, from updating the laws, from doing anything meaningful. The rules were once put in place to make things fair and to serve the people. Now they're in place to protect those already in positions of power.
Receding initiative: Nobody wants to do anything anymore, nobody wants to think of something new, because it's too hard to fight the momentum of the status quo. We recycle and recirculate old technologies because we've forgotten how to invent new ones. The problems of today seem too big and so we don't take any in... keep reading on reddit ➡
And i really hope we dont lose him for the upcoming seasons.
Nevertheless, looking forward for Foundation.
Was a big fan of Caves of Steel, and the whole theme of "Humans are their own Worst Enemy" seems to ring true in The Expanse as well (TV Series that is).
This is just something that crossed my mind recently, mods please delete this post if you feel it doesn't fit here.
Asimov wrote a novel called "The Naked Sun". It is a murder mystery story, the plot is mostly irrelevant, but it takes place on a planet called Solaria.
Solaria was first settled by immigrants from Earth, who at some point outlawed further immigration to keep the population low, and more relevantly, to stop foreign diseases from entering.
Solaria has for centuries relied on robots to do nearly all unpleasant work, and the entire human population works in 'nice' jobs and/or lives a life of leisure. Their society is very individualized as a result, and every individual lives in large separate houses on large tracts of land.
Over the centuries, the combination of heavy automation, ease of living, pre-existing physical separation, and the disease-fearing culture leads to virtually all Solarians developing actual phobias of being in the physical presence of another human... keep reading on reddit ➡
So, I’ve been reading a bunch of Asimov books in “order” of events, not order of publication, according to this guide, and I absolutely loved the robot books (the I, Robot short stories, and all the Elijah Baley futuro-noir novels), but it feels like a pretty big step down in enjoyment (for me) going from those to the “Empire” series books.
Most notably, as I mentioned in my title, I just finished The Stars, Like Dust, and I literally rolled my eyes in bed and dropped by phone away from my face when I got to the very end. >!For those who don’t remember, there’s this sub-plot about an important document from Earth that’s the “greatest weapon” and will aid the rebellion, and it’s of the most importance . . . And it’s the U.S. Constitution.!< Now, I can understand—looking back at U.S. History, why Asimov may have made that choice. >!The book was published in 1951, and McCarthy’s reign of anti-communist terror had just begun the year... keep reading on reddit ➡
Isaac Asimov wrote the book. The end of eternity. In this book time travel is described. The main character has to change small details in history, to change the future without big ripple effects.
Then i found the thinker on the cover of one of his books. The book is called "The complete Robot"
The thinker is often discussed on this sub. Is this not strange that the author writes a book about time travel and one of his books is related to the mandela effect of the thinker?
The novels are a comparison between the collapse of the Roman Empire and a future Galactic Empire, as a inevitability of historical decadence and resurgence of greater social orders.
Should we actually focus more on reducing the time of reconstruction of civilization than acting directly on preventing collapse?
Youth is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov that is in the public domain and can be found here:
So I started reading this story 30 minutes ago thinking that I'd read it pretty quickly, considering it is about 50 pages, before going to bed.
It was incredible, 10/10. The whole time it feels like a simple science fiction story from a magazine from the 50s, which it is, but it's so good.
The ending especially was just so surprising it was what made me stare at the ceiling, with awe.
It's not really that out of this world, unheard of, of an ending, but it's just so unexpected, it really caught me off guard.
So, if you have 20 minutes to spare, please give it a read
I just read this short story today, and it's really good. For those that haven't read it, you might be interested:
It definitely made me think about the afterlife and eternity, but from a different (possibly more realistic) perspective.
What would you do with eternity?
I know there are cultural considerations to the time this was written, but man, this has been a tough book to get through. It's annoying to think that in all the possible futures one could imagine for the human race, he couldn't fathom one where women are more than just baby machines. I thought it was bad not having a single female character, but when I got about 3/4 through to find that, in fact, the one and only woman mentioned is a nagging wife easily impressed by shiny jewelry, I gave up all together. Maybe there is some redemption at the end, but I will never know I guess.
EDIT: This got a lot more traction than I was expecting. I don't have time this morning to respond to a lot of comments, but I am definitely taking notes of all the reading recommendations and am thinking I might check out some of Asimov's later works. Great conversation everyone!
This is the first Asimov book I have ever read. I'm not saying I hated the book, or even disliked it. I liked his writing style, certainly. But, based on the blurb on the edition I have (SF Masterworks Print), it was not at all what I expected it to be. The description on Goodreads is a little closer, at least.
I liked the first book well enough, it seemed to set up the overall story quite well, ending in some anticipation. But, it started to fall from there. Book two started out quite slow, and to me it ended right when it got interesting. Book three brought the novel to a rather tepid conclusion - I would say this was my least favourite section.
I did like Lamont especially, and the story of Hallam's rise to God-like fame. The beings from book 2 were vaguely interesting. The descriptions on how they changed forms, especially.
Neville's character was just put there for some form of contention, but ultimately he felt rushed.
Ultimately, I finished it with a sense of wan... keep reading on reddit ➡
This interview was going to be part of a magazine-format series covering sci-fi/fantasy entertainment, back in the days of "public access" cable tv. The series never came to pass...but this interview turned out pretty wellL
Rewatched 1999’s “Bicentennial Man” recently. While there were some glaring flaws visible this time around, the movie still earns its sentiment. The late Robin Williams, working with the talents of makeup geniuses Greg Cannom and the late Stan Winston, turns in a solid performance.
I certainly don't think this was the intention when the Sequel movies were being written, but the First Order and Final Order kind of set up an evil version of the concept underlying Isaac Asimov's classic Sci-Fi Foundation novels. (Which is particularly neat since the Coruscant is based off of the city-planet Trantor from those books.)
In Foundation, a genius foresaw that galactic civilization (specifically a Galactic Empire that ruled the entire galaxy) was about to collapse resulting in a dark age, and set up two groups that would eventually shepherd the restoration of galactic order -- that would be the "foundation" of the next Galactic Empire. The First Foundation knew about the existence of the Second Foundation, but nothing else about it, and were even deliberately kept in the dark about its location, which was a closely guarded secret (trying to find the location of the Second Foundation became a major plotline in the third novel). The Second Foundation knew... keep reading on reddit ➡
I've been writing a four-part article for Field Newspaper Syndicate at the beginning of each year for several years now and in 1980, mindful of the approach of the year 1984, FNS asked me to write a thorough critique of George Orwell's novel 1984.
I was reluctant. I remembered almost nothing of the book and said so - but Denison Demac, the lovely young woman who is my contact at FNS, simply sent me a copy of it and said, 'Read it.'
So I read it and found myself absolutely astonished at what I read. I wondered how many people who talked about the novel so glibly had ever read it; or if they had, whether they remembered it at all.
I felt I would have to write the critique if only to set people straight. (I'm sorry; I love setting people straight.)
A. THE WRITING OF 1984
In 1949, a book entitled 1984 was published. It was written by Eric Arthur Blair under the pseudonym of George Orwell.
The book attempted to show what life would be like in a world o... keep reading on reddit ➡
> “Have I not said to you already that Chen’s temperamental makeup has been subjected to greater scrutiny than that of any other single man in history. The trial was not allowed to begin until the time and circumstances were FIGHT for the ending of our own choosing.”
Is it not supposed to say "RIGHT" instead of "FIGHT"? I am skeptical since this book is more than a 50 years old and has had many editions and who knows how many spell-check people look at it so I'm thinking this is not an error.
It's an ebook and I checked multiple versions.
Ciao a tutti, mi chiedevo se fosse normale che i libri di Isaac Asimov, specialmente dell’edizione Mondadori, siano diventati impossibili da trovare in giro. Ho iniziato a leggere i libri di Asimov a 16 anni (ne ho 19) e in quel periodo ancora qualche libro si trovava facilmente su amazon o su altri siti, ma little did I knew che sarebbero spariti completamente a distanza di 2 anni, pertanto sono riuscito a leggere per miracolo solo il ciclo dei robot, della fondazione, e la Fine dell’eternità. Stavo cominciando a leggere 1 anno fa la trilogia che inizia con Il Tiranno dei mondi, ma i restanti due (Le correnti dello spazio e Paria dei Cieli) sono ormai introvabili. Qualcuno sa perché non vengono più prodotti?
Binged everything and will probably relisten to some of these, the narrative is great! I'd love to hear more of the Program as the lore expands the world and it's history.
At some point I realised that many aspects speculated regarding the Program really reminded me of the Multivac supercomputer that appears in a Few of Isaac Asimov's writings. Knowledge expanding upon knowledge, AI loving humans, AI wishing for death, AI becoming god, everyone being part of a simulation. AI simulating different situations by instructing humans to do simple tasks as part of a whole picture which turns out to be a human experiment to find out what works best. The fight of freedom vs safety.
Hope to see some reccuring characters in the future, maybe get a look into who is compiling all of this information :)
> Lamont walked away from the thixo-board, with an unmistakable expression of contempt on his face. He said, "All right. The Second Law of Thermodynamics describes a process that inevitably chops off extremes. Water doesn't run downhill; what really happens is that extremes of gravitational potential are equalized. Water will just as easily bubble uphill if trapped underground. You can get work out of the juxtaposition of two different temperature levels, but the end result is that the temperature is equalized at an intermediate level; the hot body cools down and the cold body warms up. Both cooling and warming are equal aspects of the Second Law and, under, the proper circumstances, equally spontaneous."
>"Don't teach me elementary thermodynamics, young man. What is it you want? I have very little time."
>*Lamont said, with no change of expression, no sense of being hurried. "Work is obtained out of the Electron Pump by an equalization of extremes.