What are the big influences that Asimov's Foundation Saga has had on other science fiction franchises?

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I don't know if Asimov was the first writer to postulate a Galactic Empire, but surely he popularized the concept a lot.

  • well, maybe not the granddaddy of sci-fi. He is definitely in line for being the father of the "serious" multi-novel universe (not counting for space opera like Lensman etc.)
    – SteveED
    Commented Nov 25, 2012 at 5:59

Coruscant == Trantor. OK, not exactly identical, but it was a MAJOR influence, and is acknowledged.


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