“The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” ― Isaac Asimov.
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.
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.
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Based on the award-winning novels by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, the new Apple TV series "Foundation" follows a band of exiles on a mission to rebuild civilization after the fall of a galactic empire. Asimov, for the uninitiated, is one of...
Going ahead of Europe, China has already published a six-point code of ethics to regulate Artificial Intelligence, giving 'full decision-making power' to humans, very similar to Isaac Asimov's laws of robotics.
Based on the award-winning novels by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, the new Apple TV series Foundation follows a band of exiles on a mission to rebuild civilisation after the fall of a galactic empire. Asimov, for the uninitiated, is one of the most important figures in science fiction and...
“Foundation” represents the kind of ambitious science fiction that streaming services produce in the hopes of generating a spillover effect. Meaning: They’re hoping the series’ epic quality will get its viewers to sample some of what else is on the menu. In this case, that’s Apple TV+. For some, including...
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!
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.”
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.