Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Caves of Steel, by Isaac Asimov

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Everyone is faced with difficult obstacles at some point in his or her life, whether or not they are able to overcome them can define them as a person. Every story has a plot, but a plot is determined by the characters and their actions to events that take place in the story. According to the article “Science Fiction Images of Computers and Robots” written by Patricia S. Warrick, many of the plots in Asimov’s novels depend on “computers and robots [along with] space exploration and development” (54). Characters in the novels written by Isaac Asimov have to figure out the capabilities of new technology, understand other characters, and find solutions to problems with no end in sight. Characters’ actions and responses to problems play large …show more content…
The author will present the characters to readers and tell the readers a little bit about the main characters. Then, to make the story interesting, the author will introduce his or her readers to the main conflict. Secondly, the suspense will rise in the story as the conflict is trying to be resolved. Next, the characters in the story will reach the climax where they will change in some way, good or bad. At the climax of the story, the reader will be given many hints and clues as to what will happen at the end of the story. Finally, the resolution to the conflict is given to the average reader, but the advanced reader had already analyzed the information he or she was given and figured out how the story had ended. In The Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov, Joseph F. Patrouch explains that “Asimov follows the standard pattern of presenting a [character] with a problem, letting the reader….accumulate data, [allow the character find the solution to the conflict],….and finally letting the [character] reveal the solution to [the reader]” (72). What makes Asimov’s plots much more interesting is that he has different parts to his novels that may take place decades and even centuries apart. Also, Asimov will use the dialog of the characters to move the plot along instead of action scenes. With the creation of civilization on a new planet, the first mayors of Terminus were faced with the problem of other planets trying to invade and take their resources. The

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