Science Fiction in the News Articles
Related to material in Foundation
by Isaac Asimov

Space opera at its finest, from a man who really knew how to put a story together. Fast-paced story with interesting characters; it's a different sort of story if you've only read Gibson and Sterling. You need to know what psychohistory is, so start reading. (Also, take a look at the inventive ideas from Asimov's second and third books in the trilogy - Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation.)

Here are the original versions of the Foundation stories published in Astounding Science Fiction:

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MulTicket Is Isaac Asimov's Idea
   Very cool concept - but it's been around for a while.

Talking Lights Help Patients Navigate
   This is a unique system to help people find their way around in one of the most confusing environments in the world - hospitals.

Ticketime Concept Timepiece Ticket
   Neat concept reminds me of the master, Isaac Asimov, who also wanted to improve tickets.

E-paper You Can Write On From Seiko Epson E Ink
   Collaboration produces a very nifty e-paper display that you can write notes on if you wish.

Paul Krugman's Asimov Inspiration
   Dr. Paul Krugman has an interesting connection with sf; his career choice was inspired by a well-known work by Isaac Asimov.

Earth Now Needs Agricultural Worlds
   SF writers pondered this problem a generation ago, and came up with the answer.

TASC - DARPA's Psychohistory
   Interesting effort to develop 'branch of mathematics which deals with the reactions of human conglomerates to fixed social and economic stimuli.'

First Boring Passenger Station In Las Vegas
   '...just a steady velvety whirr as the taxi sped along.' - Isaac Asimov, 1951

Asimov's Psychohistory May Be Possible
   Many of us enjoyed the Foundation stories; did you think that psychohistory might actually be a workable discipline?

Thought-Controlled Robotic Hand
   This one-month experiment bodes well for everyone living with disabilities that require prosthetics.

Handheld Fusion Reactors Planned
   Is 'neutron-less fusion allowing safe deployment for handheld power sources' possible?

Cliodynamics: Modeling Complex Societies Mathematically
   'The basis of all valid psychohistory lies in the development of the Seldon Plan.'

China's Megacity 'Turn The Pearl River Delta Into One'
   Even larger urban zones are planned.

Google And The Psychohistorians
   'A further necessary assumption is that the human conglomerate be itself unaware of psychohistoric analysis...'

Fast Entropy, PHE And Psychohistory
   Is Isaac Asimov's psychohistory a viable idea? This scholar with degrees in economics, law and physics thinks so.

Bactericidal Fabric Made From Silk
   Coming to uniforms near you.

Military Fabric Like A Smart Second Skin
   Now, your dress whites and your NBC suit can be the same outfit.

Is Privacy Too Expensive?
   'It was not a large office, but it was quite spy-proof and quite undetectably so.'- Isaac Asimov, 1951

FuturICT Knowledge Accelerator And Psychohistory
   'The reactions of human conglomerates to fixed social and economic stimuli...'

Asimov and Musk - Boring Company Tunnel vs. Street Race
   'There was almost no sound, just a steady velvety whirr as the taxi sped along.' - Isaac Asimov, 1951.

Las Vegas Tunnels To Have Autonomous Teslas
   '...just a steady velvety whirr as the taxi sped along.' - Isaac Asimov, 1951

Diamond NanoTech Battery Lasts 28,000 Years
   'In the pearly light of the pocket nucleo-bulb...' - Isaac Asimov, 1951. is devoted to the creative inventions of science fiction authors and movie makers. Look for the Science Fiction Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary of Science Fiction Inventions, the Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions, or see what's New.
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Science Fiction
in the News

LORIS Passive-Gripper Climbing Robot
re: Ken MacLeod

Neuroplatform Human Brain Organoid Bioprocessor Uses Less Electricity
re: Peter Watts

Drug To Regenerate Teeth In Humans
re: William Gibson

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