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Does anybody know how Isaac Asimov went about namimg his Foundation characters?

Asked by Nullo (21973points) June 15th, 2010

I’ve been wondering about this for a while. The names sound perfectly normal, even though you’ll never see them in use.

I’m hoping that one of you jellies has wondered the same and had more luck in finding answers.

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gailcalled's avatar

He was a professional astrophysicist as well as an author, so he had a good brain.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I think Asimov was trying for new, but neutral-sounding names; different enough to remind the reader that the book is not in the present day. The names are not a distraction from the plot. Other sci-fi authors have fun with names like Niven’s characters the likes of Muhammad Ali Goldberg or Mohandas K. O’Brien.

lifeflame's avatar

I can’t remember whether Asimov ever addressed this, but I remember enjoying his autobiography, I. Asimov: A Memoir, in which he addressed a lot of creative questions as to how he writes, etc. That was a while ago though, and to my regret, I have misplaced this book.

Nullo's avatar

@lifeflame I’ll have to look for it. It sounds interesting.

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