Here’s one that seemingly flew under the radar that has started to get a bit more notice. Translated by Hiroyuki Okabe with artwork by Uzuki Kumazuki and Keitaro Kumazuki, a manga adaptation has been running for the classic Isaac Asimov series Foundation and has now been compiled. Published on September 20th by the SEldon Project, the work takes the original novels by Asimov and gives them a new life. Various attempts to film the novels in Hollywood have been done over the years but none have gotten past the pitch stage to anything resembling a production go, though they keep trying. While the source material is certainly dated – and especially with its heavy male focus owing to the readership of the time and the fledgling science fiction publishing industry – the series has been hugely influential alongside its tie-in to the various robot novels which gave us the Three Laws of Robotics as well as its own psychohistory field.
Chances of this getting released outside of Japan is probably pretty slim, but we really encourage folks to check out the novels.
Novel concept: One of the great masterworks of science fiction, the Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building. The story of our future begins with the history of Foundation and its greatest psychohistorian: Hari Seldon.
For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future—a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire—both scientists and scholars—and brings them to
a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.
But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. And mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and live as slaves—or take a stand for freedom and risk total destruction.
Fabio Evangelista is a Brazilian writer.
Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.