The Science Fiction Epic “Base” Is Turned Into A TV Series!

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), considered the leading science fiction writer of the 20th century, celebrates his 100th birthday this year. The first trailer for the adaptation of his 1950s sci-fi masterpiece Base has been released, with the first 10 episodes set to premiere on APPLE TV+ next year.

Asimov wrote nearly 500 books on astronomy, biology, medicine, religion and history. His vast knowledge gives his world a fantastical imagination and a high degree of predictability, with classics such as the “Robot series”, the “Base series” and the “Galactic Empire Trilogy” that even non-sci-fi Chinese readers have heard of.

In particular, Asimov as early as 1950 proposed the “three laws of robotics,” in the rapid development of artificial intelligence today, still highly forward-looking. The three laws are as follows: 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, see a human being come to harm; 2. A robot shall obey all commands given by a human being, but shall not violate the first Law; 3. The robot should protect its own safety, but should not violate the first and second laws.”


His “Base” series tells the story of a sprawling sci-fi empire that has ruled the Galaxy for 12, 000 years and is on the verge of extinction. Anticipating the coming 30,000 years of darkness, Harry Shedon, a grandmaster of psychohistory and father of the Base, manages to assemble the empire’s finest scientists to set up a “base” on a desolate planet on the edge of the Milky Way, hoping that it will serve as a beacon of hope for future generations.

The main actors include Gerald Harris, who plays the father of the base, and Lee Pace, who plays the emperor of the Galactic Empire. Science fiction fans are thrilled to see the trailer and say they are looking forward to the “ultimate science fiction epic.”