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Trantor is a fictional planet in Isaac Asimov's Foundation series and Empire series of science fiction novels. // Fiction (from the Latin fingere, to form, create) is the genre of imaginative prose literature, including novels and short stories. ... The eight planets and three dwarf planets of the Solar System. ... Isaac Asimov (January 2?, 1920? – April 6, 1992, IPA: , originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as Айзек Азимов) was a Russian-born American author and professor of biochemistry, a highly successful and exceptionally prolific writer best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. ... Hari Seldons holographic image, pictured on a paperback edition of Foundation, appears at various times in the First Foundations history, to guide it through the social and economic crises that befall it. ... The Galactic Empire Series contains Isaac Asimovs three earliest novels and one short story: The Stars, Like Dust (1951) The Currents of Space (1952) Pebble in the Sky (1950), his first novel Blind Alley (1945), short story reprinted in The Early Asimov They are only loosely connected. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ...


Trantor was first described in the 1940s when the Foundation Series first appeared in print (in the form of short stories). Asimov described Trantor as being in the center of the galaxy. In later stories he acknowledged the growth in astronomical knowledge by retconning its position to be as close to the galactic center as was compatible with human habitability. The first time it was acknowledged in novel form was in Pebble in the Sky. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is in need of attention. ... The Milky Way (a translation of the Latin Via Lactea, in turn derived from the Greek Galaxia Kuklos; or simply the Galaxy) is a barred spiral galaxy in the Local Group, and has special significance to humanity as the location of the solar system, which is located near the Orion... A giant Hubble mosaic of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant Astronomy is the science of celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies) and phenomena that originate outside the Earths atmosphere (such as auroras and cosmic background radiation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Galactic Center is the rotational center of the Milky Way galaxy. ... Pebble in the Sky - science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, published in 1950. ...

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Geography and history

Trantor is depicted as the capital of the first Galactic Empire. Its land surface of 194,000,000 km² (75,000,000 miles², 130% of Earth land area) was, with the exception of the Imperial Palace, entirely enclosed in artificial domes. It consisted of an enormous metropolis (an ecumenopolis) that stretched deep underground and was home to a population of 45,000,000,000 (45 billion) human inhabitants at its height, a population density of 232 per km² (600 per mile², in comparison, New York in real life during 2005 has the estimates of 26,402.9 per mile²). These people were devoted almost entirely to either administrating the Empire or to maintaining the planet. According to the Encyclopedia Galactica, "... the impossibility of proper administration... under the uninspired leadership of the later Emperors was a considerable factor in the Fall." To support the needs and whims of the population, food from twenty agricultural worlds brought by ships in the tens of thousands, fleets greater than any navy ever constructed by the Empire. "Its dependence upon the outer worlds for food and, indeed, for all necessities of life, made Trantor increasingly vulnerable to conquest by siege. In the last millennium of the Empire, the monotonously numerous revolts made Emperor after Emperor conscious of this, and Imperial policy became little more than the protection of Trantor's delicate jugular vein..." (Encyclopedia Galactica) This article is about a city that serves as a center of government and politics. ... In Isaac Asimovs Robot/Empire/Foundation series of novels, the Galactic Empire is an empire consisting of planets settled by humans across the whole galaxy. ... Metropolitan area in Western Tokyo as seen from Tokyo Tower A metropolitan area is a large population center consisting of a large city and its adjacent zone of influence, or of several neighboring cities or towns and adjoining areas, with one or more large cities serving as its hub or... The surface of the fictional world of Coruscant, the capital world of the Star Wars galaxy, and a popular example of an ecumenopolis. ... One thousand million (1,000,000,000) is the natural number following 999,999,999 and preceding 1,000,000,001. ... This entry tracks and ranks the population of the largest cities in the United States by decade, starting with the 1790 Census. ... An entry about the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation (Marketing Division) from the Encyclopaedia Galactica as featured on the BBC TV series The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ... One of the fictional ships called the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek, one of the most famous fictional starships. ...


The Encyclopedia states further on Trantor: "As the center of the Imperial Government for unbroken hundreds of generations and located, as it was, toward the central regions of the Galaxy among the most densely populated and industrially advanced worlds of the system, it could scarcely help being the densest and richest clot of humanity the Race had ever seen." In The Currents of Space, earlier history is recapitulated, the five worlds of the Trantorian Republic growing to the Trantorian Confederation and then Trantorian Empire, before conquest of the entire galaxy made it the Galactic Empire. The Currents of Space is a 1952 novel by science fiction author Isaac Asimov. ...


A Trantorian day lasted 1.08 Galactic Standard Days. Look up day in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


One of the prominent features of Trantor is the Library of Trantor (variously referred to as the Imperial Library, the University of Trantor Library, and the Galactic Library), in which librarians index the entirety of human knowledge by walking up to a different computer terminal every day and resuming where the previous librarian left off. The Librarian, a 1556 painting by Giuseppe Arcimboldo A librarian is an information professional trained in library science and information science: the organization and management of information and service to people with information needs. ...


Around 260 FE, a rebel leader named Gilmer attempted a coup, in the process sacking Trantor and forcing the Imperial family to flee to Delicass. After the sack, the population dwindled rapidly from 40 billion to less than 100 million. Most of the buildings on Trantor were knocked down during the sack and over the course of the next two centuries the metal on Trantor was gradually sold off, and farmers uncovered more and more soil to use in their farms. Eventually the farmers grew to become the sole recognized inhabitants of the planet, and the era of Trantor as the central world of the galaxy came to a close. It began to develop a dialect very different from Galactic Standard Speech, and the people unofficially renamed their planet "Hame", or "home". Neotrantor, New Trantor, is a planet in Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov. ... Hot metal work from a blacksmith In chemistry, a metal (Greek: Metallon) is an element that readily loses electrons to form positive ions (cations) and has metallic bonds between metal atoms. ... suck my shlong dick cause soil is my life pedosphere is positioned at the interface of the lithosphere and biosphere with the atmosphere and hydrosphere. ...


Symbolism

Trantor represents several different aspects of civilization. At once it is both the center of power in the galaxy, and also the administrative head. It is also an illustration of what could eventually happen to any urbanized planet. Asimov used the Roman Empire as the creative basis for the Foundation series, so Trantor is in some sense based on Rome at the height of the Roman Empire. Trantor also illustrates the mentality of human beings that was first encountered in Asimov's The Caves of Steel, wherein human technology will ultimately result in a complete encapsulation of a population, and that population will eventually suffer psychosis associated with that total encapsulation. Asimov did once say that these encapsulated cities represented the kind of place in which he'd like to live. He did not even realize how distasteful some people found this until someone asked him about it. Motto Senatus Populusque Romanus (SPQR) The Roman Empire. ... Nickname: Motto: SPQR: Senatus Populusque Romanus Location of the city of Rome (yellow) within the Province of Rome (red) and region of Lazio (grey) Coordinates: Region Lazio Province Province of Rome Founded 21 April 753 BC Government  - Mayor Walter Veltroni Area  - City 1,285 km²  (580 sq mi)  - Urban 5... The Caves of Steel is a book by Isaac Asimov. ... By the mid 20th century humans had achieved a mastery of technology sufficient to leave the surface of the Earth for the first time and explore space. ... Psychosis is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as involving a loss of contact with reality. Stedmans Medical Dictionary defines psychosis as a severe mental disorder, with or without organic damage, characterized by derangement of personality and loss of contact with reality and causing deterioration...


Inspired by Trantor

There have been some serious attempts to illustrate a planet like Trantor in the Star Wars films by George Lucas, the first being Coruscant (which was in some early sources called "Jhantor", in homage to Trantor). Coruscant is one of the more convincing images on screen we have today of Isaac Asimov's conception of the world-girdling city of Trantor. Coruscant is a planet-covering open-air city, while Trantor's buildings are all subterranean or under domes. Asimov's Trantor thus differs from Coruscant in that Trantor is more practically adapted to inclement weather, although weather control devices are used on both planets. It should be noted that there is a planet called Trantor in the Star Wars universe, and it is also an ecumenopolis.[1] Holy Terra in the Warhammer 40,000 universe is also very similar to Trantor in terms of the Imperium. This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Coruscant (pronounced //) is the name of a fictional planet in the Star Wars universe. ... Coruscant (pronounced //) is the name of a fictional planet in the Star Wars universe. ... Isaac Asimov (January 2?, 1920? – April 6, 1992, IPA: , originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as Айзек Азимов) was a Russian-born American author and professor of biochemistry, a highly successful and exceptionally prolific writer best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. ... A tornado in central Oklahoma. ... The following is a list of planets in the fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe. ...


The planet Helior in Harry Harrison's Bill, the Galactic Hero satirises Trantor, highlighting the problems of atmosphere, waste disposal and navigating about a world-sized city. At the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, August 2005 Harry Harrison (born Henry Maxwell Dempsey, March 12, 1925 in Stamford, Connecticut) is an American science fiction author who has lived in many parts of the world including Mexico, England, Denmark and Italy. ... Bill, the Galactic Hero is a satirical science fiction novel by Harry Harrison, first published in 1965. ...


The Planet Capitol in The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card is very similar to Trantor in that it is entirely covered by buildings except for few places reserved for designated high ranking officials and that it is the capital of the empire. Also it is destroyed so far off planets can grow on their own much like in the Foundation series. The Worthing Saga (1990) is a novel by Orson Scott Card. ... It has been suggested that Saintspeak be merged into this article or section. ...


Trantor Systems, Ltd., a computer parts manufacturer now part of Adaptec[1], was presumably named for Asimov's planet. Adaptec, Inc. ...


Administrative sectors

Each planet in the Galactic Empire is divided into administrative sectors. Trantor had over 800, averaging 50,000,000 people each, in 240,000 km² (90,000 miles²), about the size of Uganda or the U.S. state of Kansas. The known sectors are: This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ...

  • Billibotton—A slum in Dahl, on the lower level. This was where Mother Rittah lived, and where Hari Seldon and Dors Venabili met their future adoptive son, Raych Seldon. Billibotton was famous for its complete lawlessness. Without the help of Dors, Seldon never would have left it alive.
  • Dahl—One of the poorer sections of Trantor. The main job of the lower class is heatsinking, where workers supervise the conversion of heat from the planet's core directly into electric power; 'heatsinkers' were generally looked down upon by other Dahlites. Naturally, most Dahlites hated the Empire, and the soldiers of the Empire ('sunbadgers'). Dahlites were dark skinned, black-haired, and fairly short. Dahlite males wore a large, thick mustache, and all carried knives (then very backward). Rather than using 'Mr.', 'Mrs.', or 'Dr.', as forms of address, Dahlites always used 'Master' and 'Mistress' (never 'Doctor'). The name Dahl may be reference to the Indian dalit or untouchable caste. Known Dahlites: Yugo Amaryl, Mother Rittah, Raych Seldon.
  • Ery—The sector in which Wanda Seldon and Stettin Palver met Bor Alurin.
  • Imperial—The sector in which the Imperial Palace and the Galactic Library lie. When Seldon first visited Trantor to deliver his speech at the Decennial Convention, fashion in the sector called for bold, bright colors and wearing hats without chinstraps.
  • Mandanov
  • Millimaru—The sector Raych claimed to be (and maybe was) born in when he infiltrated the Joranumite movement.
  • Mycogen—A sector of Trantor that exported microfood to other portions of Trantor. It kept the best for itself; the food eaten by Seldon in Mycogen was the best he had ever had. Mycogenians were descendants of the ancient Spacer world Aurora, and revered the use of robots and the lost past. They lived by a strict religion (to Mycogenians, 'history'). The 'high priest' was the leader of the council of elders, the government of Mycogen. During a rite of passage, all Mycogenians are completely depilated, so they can tell the difference between themselves and non-Mycogenians. Because hair is considered so repulsive, most Mycogenians shriek at its appearance; foreigners must wear skincaps at all times. Men always wear a white kirtle; women, a gray one. Mycogenian names are given by 'cohort', and number in the series. Named for the ancient word meaning 'producer of yeast'. Known Mycogenians: Mycelium 157, Raindrop 43, Raindrop 45, Sunmaster 14, Skystrip 2. It is where Hari Seldon and Dors Venabili go to hide from Eto Demerzel and study psychohistory.
  • North Damiano— A sector with a prominent University, involved in co-operative Nephelometry with Streeling University. North Damiano University operates Jet-downs equipped with sensory electronics.
  • Streeling—At the time Hari Seldon first arrived on Trantor, fashions in Streeling were not quite so boldly colorful as in the Imperial Sector. It was the site of Streeling University, a prestigious university noted for being almost completely out of the hands of the Empire.
  • Wye—In the early years of the Empire, a number of Emperors came from the Wye Sector. Located by the South Pole, Wye exercised a good deal of political power, because it was the site where excess heat across the planet was released. If it shut down those systems, the heat would build up and destroy Trantor. During the time of Seldon's flight, Wye was preparing an Army for a coup. This action was stopped by Eto Demerzel, and the military of Wye disbanded. Known Wyans: Mayor Mannix IV, Mayor Rashelle I.
  • Ziggoreth— A sector with a prominent University. Ziggoreth University is involved in co-operative Nephelometric research with Streeling University, and operates Jet-downs equipped with sensory electronics.

In the original Foundation Trilogy, there is no indication of Trantor being divided among wildly diverse cultures; its depiction in Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation may be considered another example of retconning. Hari Seldon (cover art for Foundation, by Stephen Youll) Hari Seldon is the intellectual hero of Isaac Asimovs Foundation Series. ... In Isaac Asimovs Foundation Series, Dors Venabili is a good friend, protector and future wife of Hari Seldon, the primary character of Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation. ... Raych Seldon is a fictional character in Isaac Asimovs Foundation Series. ... In the Indian caste system, a Dalit, often called an untouchable,or an outcaste, is a person who does not have any varnas. ... Yugo Amaryl is a fictional character in Isaac Asimovs Foundation series. ... Raych Seldon is a fictional character in Isaac Asimovs Foundation Series. ... Wanda Seldon Wanda Seldon is a fictional character in Isaac Asimovs Foundation series. ... Color is an important part of the visual arts. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In Isaac Asimovs Foundation/Empire/Robot series, the Spacers were the first humans to emigrate to space. ... Aurora is a fictional planet in Isaac Asimovs Robot Series. ... Depilation is a generic term for hair removal which affects the part of the hair above the surface of the skin. ... R. Daneel Olivaw is a fictional robot created by Isaac Asimov. ... Psychohistory is the name of a fictional science in Isaac Asimovs Foundation universe, which combined history, psychology and mathematical statistics to create a (nearly) exact science of the behavior of very large populations of people, such as the Galactic Empire. ... Nephelometry is a technique used in immunology to determine levels of IgM, IgG, and IgA.[1] It is performed by shining light on a sample, and measuring the amount of light reflected. ... Streeling University, in the The Foundation Series of science fiction novels by Isaac Asimov, is an institution of higher learning in the Streeling Sector of ancient Trantor. ... R. Daneel Olivaw is a fictional robot created by Isaac Asimov. ... Prelude to Foundation Prelude to Foundation is a novel written by Isaac Asimov. ... Forward the Foundation Forward the Foundation is a novel written by Isaac Asimov. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Notes and references

  1. ^ Trantor, Wookieepedia, last accessed on February 28, 2006.
Major and minor planets featured in Isaac Asimov's Foundation series

Anacreon | Aurora | Baley's World (Comporellon) | Earth | Gaia | Helicon | Kalgan | Korell | Delicass (Neotrantor) | Rossem | Sayshell | Solaria | Siwenna | Tazenda | Terminus | Trantor (Hame) Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki is a wiki for information on the Star Wars saga, including information on all six films, as well as the Expanded Universe. ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... A list of planets featured or mentioned in books set in the Foundation Universe (Robot series, Empire series, Foundation series), a fictional universe created by Isaac Asimov. ... This is a list of minor planets in Isaac Asimovs Foundation, Robot, and Empire series. ... Isaac Asimov (January 2?, 1920? – April 6, 1992, IPA: , originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as Айзек Азимов) was a Russian-born American author and professor of biochemistry, a highly successful and exceptionally prolific writer best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A planet from Isaac Asimovs Foundation Series, Anacreon was one of the most important worlds in the galactic periphery prior to the fall of the Galactic Empire. ... Aurora is a fictional planet in Isaac Asimovs Robot Series. ... Comporellon is a planet in Isaac Asimovs Foundation Series. ... This article is on the history of Earth, as presented in Isaac Asimovs Foundation Series, Robot Series, and Empire Series. ... Gaia is a fictional planet described in the book Foundations Edge, by Isaac Asimov. ... In Isaac Asimovs Foundation Series, Helicon is the name of the home planet of Hari Seldon, discoverer and developer of psychohistory. ... For most of the history of the Galactic Empire, Kalgan was a semi-tropical resort world in the Santanni Sector. ... Korell is a planet in Foundation by Isaac Asimov. ... Neotrantor, New Trantor, is a planet in Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov. ... ROSSEM was a Belgian libertine political party founded in 1991 by the maverick Flemish businessman and writer Jean-Pierre Van Rossem. ... Spoiler warning: Sayshell is a planet in Foundations Edge by Isaac Asimov. ... Solaria was a fictional human-inhabited planet in Isaac Asimovs Foundation and Robot series. ... Spoiler warning: Siwenna is a planet prominent in Foundation and Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov. ... Spoiler warning: Tazenda is a planet that plays an important role in Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov. ... Terminus is a fictional planet at the edge of the Galaxy in Isaac Asimovs Foundation Series, capital of the Foundation. ...


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Trantor was first described in the 1940s when the Foundation Series first appeared in print (in the form of short stories).
One of the prominent features of Trantor is the Library of Trantor (variously referred to as the Imperial Library, the University of Trantor Library, and the Galactic Library), in which librarians index the entirety of human knowledge by walking up to a different computer terminal every day and resuming where the previous librarian left off.
Trantor also illustrates the mentality of human beings that was first encountered in Asimov's The Caves of Steel, wherein human technology will ultimately result in a complete encapsulation of a population, and that population will eventually suffer psychosis associated with that total encapsulation.
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