Monday, September 12, 2005

“Thank you Asimov” – Bin Laden

Ok. So what connects al-qaeda, Asimov, Frank Herbert and Aum Shinrikyo? Simple “Foundation”, the classic series of sci-fi. ‘Foundation’ when translated into Arabic becomes the title "al-Qaida". Japan's Aum Shinrikyo sect’s bible was the Foundation series by Asimov. Get the connection? For more, go here. But before you do, here’s something else: Charles Manson's favourite book is said to have been Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. Hmmm…science fiction and fantasy books, ideologies for the new age?

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