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Foundation on Apple TV Plus probably won’t stick to the books, and that’s good



One of the most anticipated science fiction shows, for me anyway, is Foundation, the upcoming Apple TV Plus series based on the books by Isaac Asimov. During the company’s WWDC keynote last Monday, we got a look at the first trailer, starring Jared Harris. 

If you’ve never heard of Foundation, a search of any sci-fi “best of” list will find it near the top. It’s a staple of the genre, one I’ve read multiple times. The covers by artist Michael Whelan were so influential I have three signed prints of them hanging in my office. They, and the books, opened my mind to what’s possible in fiction and writing in general, and in no small part inspired me to write sci-fi myself.

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These books are legendary, fascinating and — as written — would make really, really boring television.

Don’t get me wrong, I love them. But there are lots of reasons they’ve never made it to the big or small screen in the nearly

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