Post by Michael F. Stemper
1. I have no idea how somebody could claim that _Foundation_
inspired _Star Wars_ or _Star Trek_.
Part of the marketing, I guess. _Star Wars_ and _Star Trek_ have
an audience, so they're trying to spark interest there.
offers quotes that Dr Asimov himself thought that
"rather more than a whiff" of _Foundation_ was in
_Star Wars_, while acknowledging his own debt to
Edward Gibbon's account of the Roman Empire.
Another answer notes space smugglers, princesses
(more or less), and proposes that the Jedi are in
the role of the Second Foundation... which is a
stretch, I think.
asserts that Dr Asimov criticised early episodes
of _Star Trek_ but became a keen viewer and
valued correspondent with Gene Roddenberry,
even on "how to give Captain Kirk lines as good
as the ones that naturally go to a more unusual
character like Spock", according to another web
link that doesn't work, though I would like to read
that. Perhaps it's about science fiction meaning
that a lot of the plot explanation comes from the
Science Officer, but Captain Kirk gets to ask
perceptive intelligent questions.
...but the Foundation doesn't seem to be mentioned.
has the same broken link, but some more quoted material.
Fighting his corner, Gene Roddenberry hopes that
_Star Trek_ viewers may pick up the _Foundation_
series, but does not indicate that he has.
I suppose that a number of planets visited in _Star Trek_
contain societies that have decayed in interesting ways.
"That Which Survives" refers to a star empire devastated
by plague, which occurred in Roman history but again,
I don't recall it in _Foundation_. "The Apple" and
"Return of the Archons" have machinery that is not
understood by the people it served to be mechanical:
I think that at one point, Foundation science is treated
as secret knowledge, being the basis of political influence,
e.g. atomic power systems which may as well be magic.
Several plots end with a promise from the Federation
to steer the broken planet of the week (if Prime Directive
doesn't apply) onto a better track, which sounds like
practising psychohistory. The novel _Prime Directive_
says more about how to study a culture,
apparently was brought in in novel _Spectre_ to study
the political evolution of the Mirror Universe (I think Kirk
and anti-Spock already agreed on screen that the Empire
would not last long, and it didn't), and
(sic; legitimate, I hope?) refers to the genius team
visiting Deep Space Nine who concluded that the
Federation would be defeated by the Dominion,
with a proposition (which I don't remember) to
surrender but then prepare to rebuild a Federation
galaxy when it was the Dominion's turn to
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