Who Needs Science Fiction? We All Do!

“Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today – but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.”

~ Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (1920 – 1992) was an American professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was a prolific writer of more than 500 books and was best known for his science fiction works and popular science books. He wrote three major science fiction series: the Foundation Series, the Galactic Empire Series and the Robot Series. It seems to me that this prolific author had more important goals when writing science fiction than just entertaining the masses. Continue reading “Who Needs Science Fiction? We All Do!”

Excuse Me While I Step On Your Head!

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”

~ Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982), born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum, is her pen name. She was born in Russia, lived through the Revolution of 1917 when her bourgeois family was harassed by the new Communist regime under Lenin. She graduated from the Petrograd State University in 1924, and got permission to visit family in Chicago in 1926. From there she found work in Hollywood writing screenplays and other jobs in the movie industry. She met her husband there and they were married in 1929. Her writing career began in America with her two most successful novels being, The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957). She then turned to non-fiction to promote her philosophy and many of her ideas were at the foundation of Libertarianism. For Ayn Rand, the rights of the individual were supreme. Continue reading “Excuse Me While I Step On Your Head!”