“Trends,” Isaac Asimov, 1939 – A private entrepreneur/inventor feels stifled by the anti-technology bias of the religious moral majority. He plans to send society a message by building a rocket.
Comments: Engages key issues for Asimov and the time (freedom for private industry and inventors, religion versus science, the “right” to knowledge, “cycles,” and predictive power). Presents Galileo as hero. Read in Great Science Fiction Stories of 1939.
Author: Wikipedia: “Isaac Asimov…(January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was a Russian American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards…Asimov is widely considered a master of hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the ‘Big Three’ science fiction writers during his lifetime.”