I was looking at an interview with Roger Myerson, one of the three winners of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Economics (technically the Sveriges Riksbank Prize). Myerson says

How would my career have been different without John Nash? What a wonderful question! My difficulty in answering it is an indication of how influential he has been in everything that I have done. I wanted to be a mathematical social scientist since I was 12 years old, when I read Isaac Asimov’s science-fiction novel Foundation. But my concept of what kinds of mathematical models should be studied was completely transformed when I read Nash’s and Harsanyi’s papers in college.