Foundation’s Fear

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{4.5/5} “Hari felt in his soul that unpredictability was bad — for humanity, for his mathematics. But it was inescapable. This was the secret the Emperor and others must never know. That until he could rule chaos — or at least peer into it — psychohistory was a fraud.” Foundation’s Fear by Gregory Benford, published […]

Fuzzy Nation

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{4.5/5} “He paused at the cabin door and pointed to Baby Fuzzy, who now appeared to be dozing lightly. ‘If that is a person, then this becomes a Class Three-a planet — a planet with native sapient life — and Zara Corp’s E and E charter is suspended… No more mining, no more drilling, no […]

How to Stop Time

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{5/5} “For years now I had convinced myself that the sadness of the memories weighed more and lasted longer than the moments of happiness themselves. So I had, though some crude emotional mathematics, decided it was better not to seek out love or companionship or even friendship. ” How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, […]

The Autobiography of James T. Kirk

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{4.5/5} “During this period, the only personal connections I relied on were with Spock and McCoy. McCoy and I went back far enough that our friendship was like old leather. Spock’s friendship was different; because of his devotion to Vulcan principles, it never felt close, and he never required emotional support from me. But I […]

Forward the Foundation

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{4.5/5} “When I first began my work on psychohistory, it seemed a purely academic piece of research to me… But the decades pass and we know more and more and then comes the terrible urge to apply it.” Forward the Foundation by Isaac Asimov, published in 1993 Hari Seldon is working away on psychohistory on […]

Foundation’s Friends

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{5/5} “Some of you may now be saying that psychohistory was not what I made it out to be, and you will be right, in the way that most shortsighted minds are right. But it was, I hope, enough of what it had to be — a rallying cry against the irrational darkness that threatened […]

Prelude to Foundation

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{4.5/5} “People think that because there are no rebellions at the moment and because things are quiet that all is well and that the difficulties of the past few centuries are over. However, political infighting, rebellions, and unrest are all signs of a certain vitality too. But now there’s a general weariness. It’s quiet, not […]

Foundation and Earth

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{4.5/5} “What I do believe is that Earth protects itself. Remember that all reference to earth in the Library on Trantor has been removed. Remember that Gaia’s marvelous memory, in which all the planet takes part down to the rock strata of the surface and the molten metal at the core, stops short of penetrating […]

Dune

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

I read 3 or 4 of the Dune books many years ago, and I read 8 of them more recently. They’re worth reading — even if you feel you’re missing a few things here and there, as I did. I saw the Dune movie many years ago — too many to have a coherent opinion […]

Foundation’s Edge

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{4.5/5} “He will surely attract the attention of the Second Foundationers — always assuming they exist and are indeed concerning themselves with us. And while they are attracted to him, they will, perchance, ignore us.” Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov, published in 1982 It’s been 500 years of the Seldon Plan and the people of […]