Over rated Authors-Isaac Asimov
have you ever finally gotten around to reading some legendary works of a very famous& celebrated genre author only to find yourself asking: What??.. are they kidding me??
I experienced this earlier this year when ,after years of admiring the Michael whelen cover Art,
I finally got the "Great" Foundation series
by Isaac Asimov for my, then new, Kindle fire.
HORRIBLE just... HORRIBLE!!!
I bailed out of Foundation about 2/3 of the way through and never revisited the series.
First it all seemed awfully dated with his talk about "nuclear powered" this and that
Second the complete lack of powerful or relevant, influential female characters.
it read like a cheesy 1950's sci fi novel where all women are just "secretaries"
Third Asimov let his (IMHO) Rabid Atheism color his linguistic choices to the point of sounding goofy & ridiculous.
OK We get it
He does not believe in a Diety or a God
his choice his freedom.
but to make this repeated effort to replace the word GOD with "space" in a fictional setting, makes his books look like they were post edited& censored by some totalitarian to "Committee of intellectual purity"
For example many people in a stressful situation who might say:
"I swear to God Captain we did not order that attack on those civilians !!"
are just using a linguistic expression they are not even religious people per say.
but to have them say: "I swear by Space etc etc." just sounds silly and goofy.
And his characters were shallow and uninteresting most times lacking even a physical description to help the reader Visualize the scenes.
Asimov may have been a great Science& technology Visionary
but as a Science fiction writer he just plain SUCKS!!.
Last edited by Anabran; 09-18-2012 at 10:13 AM.