Mar 03, 11
Read from January 10 to 13, 2011
I recently re-read Asimov's Galactic Empire and Foundation trilogies, having not read any of them since I was a teenager. They were all written in the 1950's and boy does it show! Although they're set many thousands of years in the future, characters read newspapers, smoke, and treat women like... well, like it was still the 1950's.
That said, the bigger tale, that of a crumbling empire, and the work to reduce the length of the inevitable "Dark Ages" that follow its demise, still work as an allegory to the fall of the Roman Empire and a possible caution tale of the fall of U.S. pre-eminence in the world. And of course, they're still a sci-fi classic. I wonder why the Foundation books were never turned into a movie.