Seldon Crisis

Seldon Crisis

A personal exploration of Isaac Asimov's Foundation epic, including commentary and analysis. Occasional posts with experts on related topics, essays, readings, and more.

Recent Episodes

Mapping the Galaxy with Kevin Jardine

Dec. 31, 2022

What does our Milky Way really look like? Kevin Jardine is a cartographer working to answer that question by building galactic maps from ESA's Gaia space telescope data. Here he explains a little bit about his process and so…

The Human Future in Space with Robert Zubrin

Dec. 24, 2022

Dr. Robert Zubrin, President of the Mars Society, talks about his revolutionary Mars Direct proposal, along with the value of Mars settlement for science, industry, government, and for the human spirit.

Themes of the Trilogy with Nathaniel Goldberg

Nov. 11, 2022

Our first returning guest to Seldon Crisis is the first ever, philosophy professor Nathaniel Goldberg. We discuss some of the prominent themes of the series introduced in the first three novels of Foundation, including the l…

Search by the Foundation, Part III

Oct. 21, 2022

It all comes together at last. The war begins, looking bad for the Foundation, but morale turns the tide against Kalgan. In the aftermath, Homir Munn and the others debate the true location of the Second Foundation with many…

Planet and Sky, Part II

Oct. 4, 2022

I couldn't wait to tell the rest of the story, covering the last four songs of Planet and Sky, a cosmic love story. Things take a darker turn as the relatively small planet lacks sufficient gravity to hold onto its atmospher…

Planet and Sky, Part I

Sept. 30, 2022

A little diversion to introduce a true labor of love, my rock opera entitled "Planet and Sky, a cosmic love story." Written and recorded in the first decade of this millennium and inspired by my experience as a member of the…