Foundation

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Bantam Books, 2004 - Fiction - 244 pages
159 Reviews
One of the great masterworks of science fiction, the Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building. The story of our future begins with the history of Foundation and its greatest psychohistorian: Hari Seldon.

For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future—a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire—both scientists and scholars—and brings them to
a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. And mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and live as slaves—or take a stand for freedom and risk total destruction.

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His character development is minimal. - LibraryThing
It kinda spoiled the "plot twists" and the crises. - LibraryThing
And the writing style exacerbates this impression. - LibraryThing
That said, the writing is choppy and half apologetic. - LibraryThing
I definitely did not see it's plot coming. - LibraryThing
Asimov's strength is in his ideas, not his writing. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - JohnFair - LibraryThing

The first of the Foundation novels to be published, the various parts of the book were published in various formats in science fiction magazines going back to the early forties, with only the opening ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Park - Goodreads

This is a 1979 revision of the 1951 novel that I read with great disappointment as a teenager: "atomic" energy has been changed to "nuclear". Possibly other improvements were made too, which might ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Isaac Asimov began his Foundation Series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned pver 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decasdes. He died, at age of seventy-two, in April 1992.

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