I am reading Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series again. I’ve read the series over a dozen times since I first came across it when I was in 5th grade. Asimov is one of my favorite authors in one of my favorite genres — science fiction. There are some authors who will wow you with their skillful use of language. Asimov is not one of them. It is Asimov’s ideas that are startlingly original. His work is accessible to any disciple of wonder, regardless of their command of literature.
Asimov was a bio-chemist, who wrote many non-fictional works, but he is best beloved for his science fiction. Asimov is famous for his robot stories, in which he creates his 3 laws of robotics. If robots such as those he imagined are ever created, it is likely that the scientists will look to Asimov for inspiration on how they will be bounded.
In the Foundation series, set in a time when humanity is occupying all of the galaxy, Asimov invents psychohistory, a statistical science that can be used to predict the actions of humanity. The first Galactic Empire is collapsing, and two Foundations, one based on the physical sciences, the other based on the mental, are to be the nuclei of the second Galactic Empire. The series was first made up of three books, and later expanded to six, and connected to Asimov’s robot novels. It won the Hugo for the best ever series, the only time such a Hugo has been awarded.