Isaac Asimov Essay

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Isaac Asimov is one of the most well known of science fiction writers as well as one of the worlds most prolific writers of any genre. Isaac was born to Anna and Judah Asimov on January 2nd, 1920 (White 3), in the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, which was a a short-lived republic that formed after World War 1. He later emigrated to Brooklyn, New York, with his family when he was only three years old (White 7). While living in Brooklyn, Isaac taught himself to read English before he was five years old, but retained his ability to speak Yiddish. Isaac Asimov's work has shaped science fiction writing into what it is today.
Asimov first gained an interest in science fiction through five-cent pulp magazines in the candy store his parents owned and operated. Due to his parents determination that the pulp magazines distracted him from his school-work, Isaac was forced to ferret them away and read them in secret. His interest in these stories grew over the years, and he was later able to convince his parents that the magazines were good as they contained "Science" in their names (White 10). Throughout his childhood and early adulthood, Asimov dabbled in writing, but considered his work inferior and never finished nor submitted his early work. At the age of nineteen, Isaac submitted his first story to science fiction magazines, marking the beginning of his fruitful writing career.
Over the years, Asimov produced over 500 novels and short stories. (Seiler) His most notable works are "Nightfall", The Foundation Trilogy (later to have two more books added), and the Robot series. The Foundation series is based around a collapsing empire and the creation of The Foundation, a small isolated planet that contains the extent of human knowledge that will accelerate the re-emergence of a galactic empire. The people of The Foundation have to survive one thousand years of chaos without swaying to far from their mission of rekindling the empire. As the surrounding star systems break down into squabbling kingdoms, the people of The Federation have to find ways to survive, as they are but one resource-lacking planet versus multiple hostile enemies. Due to the lack of materials and manpower, and the abundance of intelligence and higher technology the leaders of The Foundation embark upon a subtle strategy that avoids fighting an unwinnable war against the kingdoms. In the words of Salvador Hardin of The Foundation: “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” (Asimov 105) Through the use of religious and economic domination, The Foundation succeeds in taming the kingdoms, but only to be threatened by the crumbling remnant of the Empire situated at the galactic core. The domination of the kingdoms is centered around taking control through overlooked means.
The religious domination is centered around introducing a state-mandated religion that focuses on the holiness of The Foundation and the “Galactic Spirit,” while backing up the claims...

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