August 26, 2002

Science Fiction Leads to Terrorism

A Guardian article War of the Worlds, makes the case that Osama bin Laden was inspired by Asimov's Foundation series. How? There are lots of parallels, starting with the fact that "al-Qaida" is the word used in the title when Foundation was translated into Arabic. Apparently the Japanese nutgroup Aum Shinrikyo was also influenced by the book. Ironically, Asimov was a pacifist. Talk about unintended consequences. UPDATE: According to this link via GeekPress, this story doesn't hold up. As Roseanne Rosannadanna would say, "Nevermind".


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