Sadly, he was proper, as Asimov handed away in 1992 at age 72. This implies he died earlier than even the primary of the prequels was launched, lengthy earlier than the final of the initially deliberate 9 motion pictures was launched. Regardless of the big success of “The Empire Strikes Again” (itself an enormous danger), it could take Lucas over 15 years to make the subsequent movie within the saga as soon as “Return of the Jedi” got here out.
When Asimov died, the way forward for “Star Wars” was unsure. There have been no motion pictures on the close to horizon, and the large tales had been taking place in print like Timothy Zahn’s “Inheritor to the Empire.” And but, the famend sci-fi creator died earlier than the final novel within the Thrawn trilogy was launched. So, sure, you can say it’s unfair and unhappy. Asimov by no means noticed podracing turning into an enormous factor, however that is solely as a result of it did not. He by no means noticed Anakin go evil and bloodbath kids. He by no means noticed the franchise make the bounce to animation or TV generally. It’s unlucky he by no means received to see the promise of a Galactic Empire being fulfilled in “Andor.”
In fact, Dr. Asimov additionally did not reside to see the monstrous adaptation of his “Robotic” sequence in Will Smith’s “I, Robotic,” so possibly he is fortunate. However he additionally missed out on seeing among the finest sci-fi reveals on TV in “Basis,” which does change lots from his books however delivers an equally spectacular story.
Isaac Asimov could not have seen the tip of “Star Wars,” and his position within the franchise’s historical past could also be small, however his work eternally impacted the galaxy far, far-off.