"Isaac Asimov was born in the Soviet Union, to his great surprise. He moved quickly to correct the situation. When his parents emigrated to the United States, Isaac (three years old at the time) stowed away in their baggage. He has been an American citizen since the age of eight."
-from "About the Author," The Stars, Like Dust, by Isaac Asimov. He gives the most hilarious thumbnail autobiography; it almost makes the book worth picking up all by itself. Turtle Fan 19:39, November 25, 2009 (UTC)
I think you are filling the category "Defectors" rather too liberally. Asimov would be an immigrant but I wouldn't say a three year old could be considered a defector (except maybe by the harshest apparatchik). ML4E 21:11, February 2, 2010 (UTC)
Well who ran the Soviet Union when Asimov was a young man? The harshest apparatchiks. His parents were the ones to make the decision but as an adult he often endorsed that decision and expressed agreement with it in spirit. But you might be right; I was feeling a bit of a head rush at that point. Turtle Fan 23:01, February 2, 2010 (UTC)
- Sure, but I hadn't realized that the administrators of this wiki are harsh apparatchiks. :-p I think, for our purposes, defectors need to be actively involved in their previous country and/or organization to qualify. ML4E 22:34, February 3, 2010 (UTC)
- I've always wanted to be a harsh apparatchik. But, I guess. . . . Turtle Fan 22:47, February 3, 2010 (UTC)
So two and a half generations after its original publication, Foundation is going to get its first film adaptation next year. I'd feel better if I had any confidence in Hollywood's ability to handle the brand of intelligence and subtlety Asimov wrote into Foundation's DNA (and then all but wrote out of it in the 80s), and more still if they hadn't bastardized I, Robot. Turtle Fan 04:18, March 9, 2010 (UTC)