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  •  If I'd included any SF worlds, I'd have had Dune (0+ / 0-)

    in there, as it is an immensely dense and original creation.

    If Asimov had set out to build a world as solid as Middle Earth, he might have done it - but I think he had little interest in doing so. The Foundation books have some powerful ideas behind them, and enough character and story quirks that we get engaged in the plot; but Asimov doesn't worry much about the details and atmosphere, beyond what he needs to get us to travel with him from A to B.

    Both incredibly complex worlds with deeply crafted organizations, governments, and religions.
    Really? Well, I did read it long ago; but if it was that vivid, it's surprising how little of it stuck with me. I loved the socio/psychology predicting, the history and politics was fun, and The Mule was great character and story. But I can't remember atmosphere to compare with Orwell, Bradbury, Rendezvous with Rama or Neuromancer.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 08:31:51 PM PDT

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