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Isaac Asimov wrote a scathing opinion of Star Trek V story

Isaac Asimov wasn’t a fan of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. In 1987 when plans were underway for the next Star Trek movie, this time directed by William Shatner, Gene Roddenberry discovered that he had not been consulted about the script. In a June 3, 1987 memo shared by Mission Log Podcast, Roddenberry was quite stern with Shatner when he expressed his objections to the overall concept of the film. He followed that up with a June 18th memo to Isaac Asimov where he enclosed a confidential story outline and sought Asimov’s advice.
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Isaac Asimov Predicts the Future on The David Letterman Show

In 1980, Newsweek published a cantankerous and sadly on-the-nose diagnosis of the United States’ “cult of ignorance” — written by one Isaac Asimov, “professor of biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine” and “author of 212 books, most of them on various scientific subjects for the general public.” Given this intimidating biography, and the fact that Asimov believed that “hardly anyone can read” in the U.S., we might expect the science fiction legend wanted nothing to do with television. We would be wrong.
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Will the Foundation Series Finally Do Justice to the Novels of Isaac Asimov?

Fire raining down from space onto a planet besieged. Vast spacecraft erupting in explosions, while desperate soldiers in armored suits pummel each other with the butts of laser rifles. An awe-inspiring display of sweeping vistas rendered with the latest special effects technology: vast cities! Towering idols! Brave stands! Smoldering kisses in steamy pools!
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Building a strong ‘Foundation’: Actor Lee Pace excited to bring Isaac Asimov series to life

Lee Pace is a fan of science fiction. Deciding whether to join the cast of “Foundation” was a no-brainer. “I had read the first book of the ‘Foundation’ series,” Pace says. “So when I heard it was being made into a series, my first thought was, ‘That’s impossible. There’s no way they’re going to be able to tell this story in a visual dramatic format.’ But then they approached me about playing Cleons, and I was proved wrong. (Writer) David (S. Goyer) cracked it. I think he figured out a way to create characters that span the story.”
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Apple shares premiere date and new teaser for Isaac Asimov adaptation Foundation

Apple is still leaning heavily into the “quality over quantity” approach to its Apple TV+ streaming platform, at least in terms of budgets and scopes and themes (which is why it will presumably continue to just make its own stuff rather than fight over the licensing rights to various NBC sitcoms), and that seems more true than ever with this trailer for Foundation—the platform’s upcoming adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s legendary sci-fi saga. The previous teaser, released last summer, was mostly quick, context-less clips from the show paired with people talking about how Important the books are and how Important the show will be, but the new trailer is all about big sci-fi action and big talk about big ideas. There’s not telling if the show will be good, but nobody can accuse Apple of just slapping this thing together.
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