Unfortunately, he was right, because Asimov passed away in 1992 at the age of 72. This means that he died before the first of the prequels was released, long before the last of the nine originally planned films were released. Despite the enormous success of “The Empire Strikes Back” (a big risk in itself), it would take Lucas more than 15 years after “Return of the Jedi” was released to make the next film in the saga.
When Asimov died, the future of “Star Wars” was uncertain. No movies were visible nearby, and big stories like Timothy Zahn’s “Heir to the Empire” were in print. However, the famous science fiction author died before the last novel of the Thrawn trilogy was published. So yes, you could say this is unfair and sad. Asimov never saw pod racing becoming a big deal, but that’s only because it wasn’t. never seen Anakin did evil and slaughtered children. It never saw the series crossover into animation or TV in general. It’s unfortunate he never got to see it. The promise of the Galactic Empire is fulfilled in “Andor.”
Of course Dr. Asimov didn’t live to see the “Robot” series’ monstrous adaptation of Will Smith’s “I, Robot,” so maybe he’s lucky. But he also missed the opportunity to watch one of the best sci-fi shows on television in “Foundation,” which was very different from the books. offers an equally amazing story.
Isaac Asimov may not have seen the end of “Star Wars,” and his role in the franchise’s history may have been small, but his work influenced the galaxy far, far away.