War of the Worlds

“Science fiction has often featured ‘evil empires’ against which are set utopian ideas whose survival must be fought for against the odds by a small but resourceful band of men. Such empires often turn out to be amazingly fragile when faced by intelligent idealists.” —War of the WorldsGuardian)

The argument that Osama Bin Laden was inspired by Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert sounds far-fetched, but the parallels make interesting reading.