16 March 2013

Lost in Non-Translation

I was just referred to this article by Aaron Diaz (creator of Dresden Codak).

One of Isaac Asimov's most important essays is entitled "Lost in Non-Translation", published in the unfortunately out-of print collection "The Tragedy of the Moon". It points out that simply presenting stories and parables in a historical context robs them of the power that they had for people for whom that context wasn't history.



Sorry, folks, you'll have to get it in paper form, it's not available digitally. It's a shame, this book contains some of his best non-fiction works. The other books containing this essay are also out-of-print and paper-only.

(in an ideal world Baen would have the rights and it would be in the Free Library, I consider this essay that important)