Posted by: jockmackenzie | March 7, 2016



READER OF THE DAY #43 – Derk Untershultz

I read a lot as a kid. My parents were avid readers, and they passed that love of reading to me and my brother. My dad called comic books “Educational Literature” and loved reading those, too. My favourite comics were Archie and Asterix the Gaul (the English version). I attribute much of my sense of humour to those two fine examples of Educational Literature.

Most of the stuff I read these days are sporting news and teaching textbooks. LOL. My passions are watching the Oilers, playing and coaching sports. I have 4 boys, and I love listening to them read. My favourite author is Isaac Asimov, and I have really enjoyed reading his Foundation series. I also recently enjoyed reading the City of Ember series by Jeanne Duprau.

My favourite sport to do is waterskiing, but the water is a little hard right now. I also love camping and being outdoor.

Wikipedia says this about Asimov’s series:

The Foundation series is a science fiction series by Isaac Asimov. For nearly thirty years, the series was a trilogy: Foundation,Foundation and EmpireSecond Foundation. It won the one-time Hugo Award for “Best All-Time Series” in 1966. Asimov began adding to the series in 1981, with two sequels: Foundation’s EdgeFoundation and Earth, and two prequels: Prelude to Foundation,Forward the Foundation. The additions made reference to events in Asimov’s Robot and Empire series, indicating that they were also set in the same fictional universe.

The premise of the series is that the mathematician Hari Seldon spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known aspsychohistory, a concept of mathematical sociology. Using the laws of mass action, it can predict the future, but only on a large scale. Seldon foresees the imminent fall of the Galactic Empire, which encompasses the entire Milky Way, and a dark age lasting 30,000 years before a second great empire arises. Seldon also foresees an alternative where the interregnum will last only one thousand years. To ensure the more favorable outcome, Seldon creates a foundation of talented artisans and engineers at the extreme end of the galaxy, to preserve and expand on humanity’s collective knowledge, and thus become the foundation for a new galactic empire.

Jock’s note:

The City of Ember first came to my attention through a VERY interesting initiative called One Book, Three Schools. See

The City of Ember


  1. Thanks Jock. One book, Three schools is where I came across the series as well, when I taught at Westpark Elementary – one of the Three.

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