Newly Nobel Prize-winner Paul Krugman was inspired to become an economist by reading science fiction, as Patrick Nielsen Hayden over at reminds us. Krugman says he read Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy and wanted to become a psychohistorian — a career that sadly doesn't exist yet. Instead, Krugman wrote a ground-breaking paper on the economics of interstellar trade. What's Krugman going to do with his newfound prestige? Give a seminar on the works of science fiction author Charles Stross, to be posted on CrookedTimber this month. []