I see what you’re getting at here, Andy, though I wonder if Hari Seldon is truly transformative, or just an epic nudnik. I suppose it depends on how much you buy into the whole psychohistory thing. But it occurs to me, since you and Russell bring up O’Brian and Cornwell, that historical fiction is another arena in which characters can indeed transform their worlds, whether they’re purely fictional (as in Eco’s William of Baskerville) or historical (as in the purely historical parts of Stan Robinson’s Galileo).
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