WWDC happened this week and we learned about new Apple products and announcements. There are some things that I’m interested in from the event. While I will try to do a post on the event (or the things I’m interested in), my attention massively spiked during the Apple TV portion of the show because they premiered a trailer for their new TV show: Foundation.
Foundation: Old Sci-Fi Book, New Sci-Fi TV Show
Foundation is an older sci-fi property written by Isaac Asimov (the writer of I, Robot and a whole host of other fiction and non-fiction works. For those who don’t know of his work, he was a prolific author, especially in his non-fiction. However, he was, at one time, the “Stephen King of Science Fiction” (along with another older sci-fi author Robert Heinlein, whom most know as the author of Starship Troopers).
Now, while I’ve read other works by Asimov, my local library didn’t have a copy of Foundation, nor was it still in print at the local bookstores, so it was somewhat legendary when I was a child. I would see it mentioned in magazines and best of books, but I could never find it (remember, as a kid, my resources were limited, if it wasn’t in the library or bookstore, then I probably didn’t have access to it–no such thing as the internet or Amazon to find things that you were interested in, but couldn’t get locally).
However, about a year and a half ago, I happened to find a copy of Foundation at my local used bookstore. Thanks to school and Covid-19, I’ve not had a chance to read it yet, but it is on my To Be Read (TBR) shelf. It is a trilogy of books that (in this volume) are all in one volume.
On Apple TV+ in 2021
While I’m super interested in the show, I’m in quandry about whether to read the book first or wait. In the case of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series which is scheduled to premiere on Amazon Prime, I’ve already read the books (in fact, I’m rereading them now–although that’s a blog post for another time). I already know the story. When I watch movies based on books, I try to watch the movie first to go in with no preconceived expectations (again, if I don’t already know the story) and then I read the book so as to get a sense of how cloesly the movie captured the essence of the book. Not sure which is going to be the best in this case.
Also, the actor on this played Anderson Dawes on The Expanse. While I liked The Expanse (eventually) and while I think the actor is a great actor (he made me dislike Dawes’s character), Dawes was my least favorite character on the show, so it will be interesting if the actor can make me forget Dawes through his portrayal of the character in Foundation that seems to be a “wise mentor” type of character.
While I have quite a bit to work on in the interim (dissertation, anyone?), I still could use a little more sci-fi in my life right now. 2021 seems along time away, but based on this trailer, the wait could be worth it!
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