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Now that an exact number is known, we can begin construction of vast architectural works to bolster the galactic government bureaucracy. (Read the complete story)

"I read about this early yesterday on Slashdot( They bring up many of the issues with this story in their comments."
(Brandon 10/21/2008 10:29:07 AM)
"I agree; I referenced /. at the bottom of the article in an apparently nearly invisible link ;)"
(Bill Christensen 10/21/2008 1:54:27 PM)
"I forget which of Asimov's collections of Short Stories it was in, but, the Foundation universe is an anomaly according to one of his short stories. In that one, there was a Time Patrol, which tried to neutralize all risk, and eventually led to humanity dying out. However, that Time Patrol was part of a self-creating time-loop. Humans who weren't part of the time patrol, but were far in the future, (and probably from a different outside of the cause of the time-loop) managed to figure out what was going on, and that the cause of humanity dying out was, essentially, racial suicide when they finally got out into the galaxy at large, and found how far behind everyone else they really were, and that it was because of the Time Patrol that they were held back. Those future humans managed to get an agent infiltrated into the Time Patrol, and disrupt the time loop that had created it, thus destroying their future, and leading to the Foundation future, as that agent, and the Time Patrol agent who helped destroy the time loop, helped develop space travel, and led to humanity spreading out as fast and far as they could, overriding all other extant ecologies with our own. (and there were several blatant hints placed in that story to show it was leading to the Foundation timeline)"
(Ashley 10/21/2008 3:02:50 PM)
"I say we should declare our planet the capital of the Galactic Federation, then start the process of getting those other civilizations to submit to our sovereignty."
(Mark Plus 10/21/2008 7:26:39 PM)
"Mark - given the tedious process of notifying all of the other potential civilizations with ordinary lightspeed communications (the galaxy being about 100,000 light years across), getting back all their responses, and translating them, I'd say you're right.

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(Bill Christensen 10/24/2008 6:50:03 AM)
"The Asimov story referenced above is a novel called 'The End of Eternity.' I don't know if he explicitly intended it as a prequel to 'Pebble in the Sky' and the Foundation books, but I guess it works as one."
(time travel book 10/26/2008 9:34:35 PM)

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