Wow, how did I not know about this before? Apparently today, January 2, is considered by many to be “Science Fiction Day” in honor of Isaac Asimov’s birthday on this day in 1920. Isaac Asimov is the author behind books like Foundation and I, Robot. The latter was adapted for film in 2004 starring Will Smith. Other Asimov works have been turned into films as well, including the 1999 movie Bicentennial Man, starring Robin Williams.
The measure of Asimov’s impact on other science fiction authors is immeasurable. He wrote hundreds of books, not just science fiction, and is credited with coining the term “robotics.”
However, Asimov’s books are not just known for fancy, made-up words and flashy gadgets. In them, he tackles many moral issues such as the advancement of destructive technology, government, access to knowledge, and religion.
So, if you’re looking for something to do today try popping in your favorite science fiction flick, or curling up with an old paperback. Chances are that Isaac Asimov either directly, or indirectly, played some role in their creation. Maybe, grab a pen and paper and jot down some of your ideas on what the future holds.