Paul Krugman(pdf) :
My Book—the one that has stayed with me for four and a half decades—is Asimov’s ‘Foundation Trilogy’, written when Asimov was barely out of his teens himself. I didn’t grow up wanting to be a square-jawed individualist or join a heroic quest; I grew up wanting to be Hari Seldon, using my understanding of the mathematics of human behavior to save civilization.
OK, economics is a pretty poor substitute; I don’t expect to be making recorded appearances in the Time Vault a century or two from now. But I tried.
Via MR and a must-read!