Asimov on privacy

“It seems to me that the advance of civilization is nothing but an exercise in the limiting of privacy.”

Isaac Asimov, through the character of Janov Pelorat, in the Foundation Series.

I find Asimov to be the Jules Verne of this century—and not at all because Asimov writes science fiction and describes technology and feats of the future. Looking back, he has incredible foresight with respect to human society, and that forms the basis of his fiction. Sociology and Political Science, not science fiction. Sure, his novels are set in the future, and span distance- and time- scales that are ‘science-fictiony’, but how does that matter to a social narrative?

All that Asimov describes in his Foundation series, is what Man has been talking about and experiencing—without identification.

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