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Foundation (1951)

by Isaac Asimov

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    The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov (karnoefel)
    karnoefel: de eerste drie foundation boeken in een robuuste hardcoverband. Dit boek was een van de eerste sf boeken die ik las in de jaren 70 in de bibliotheek van Tegelen
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    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (br77rino)
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    Pebble in the sky by Isaac Asimov (br77rino)
    br77rino: Pebble in the Sky is the first book Asimov wrote regarding the Galactic Empire, a subject he used in his later masterpiece trilogy, Foundation.
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    Ringworld by Larry Niven (nar_)
    nar_: Space travelling and interminable, huge lands and space... so huge !
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    Foundation's Fear by Gregory Benford (Patangel)
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    Psychohistorical Crisis by Donald Kingsbury (goodiegoodie)
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    The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (gtfernandezm)
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  MisaBookworm | Feb 2, 2016 |
I found it too disconnected - just when a part of the story would start to get interesting we would jump forward a few hundred/thousand years and start again on something only loosely related to what went before. ( )
  DavidGibson | Jan 31, 2016 |
Foundation is the first book in Asimov’s Foundation series (7 books in all, I think). Psychohistorian/mathematician Hari Shelon uses science and mathematics to predict future events. Through the use of science he predicts a dark age in the future of the Galactic Empire that will last 30 thousand years and will be characterized by barbarism, warfare, possibly the end of the human race. In an effort to curb the length of this dark age, he concocts a plan to essentially sequester the brightest minds on a distant planet at the edge of the Galaxy. This planet becomes known as the Foundation. The story in the first book spans over a 100 years so there are several “main” characters but the central character is the whole Foundation and who it’s citizens deal with various emerging crises to their civilization’s integrity and future.

Finally a Sci-Fi book I actually enjoyed and didn’t make me want to die of boredom (okay, with the exception of the Dispossessed which I also liked). I found the idea of psychohistory to be interesting and I thought the ways in which the author discussed political, religious, and economic power was clever. It was an easy read and one that was not filled with technical jargon that has made me dislike so many other Sci-Fi reads. ( )
  JenPrim | Jan 15, 2016 |
Set in the distant future when the origins of the human species have been lost and humanity now occupies various planets accross the galaxy a gifted mathematician Hari Seldon uses the science of psychohistory to predict the end of an Empire and the rebirth of another.

To ensure his prediction of the future comes into effect he sets events in motion that will span hundreds of years and several planets but will he ultimately be proved right? ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
Foundation is a science fiction classic. It is about a civilization's evolution and one man's attempt to manipulate the future to avoid hundreds of thousands of years of turmoil (reducing it to only one-thousand). I really enjoyed the book since I am interested in politics and evolutions of societies. The book skips from time period to time period, from crisis to crisis, often skipping decades. The characters change with the times, thus there is no character that you can identify with or root for throughout the book. This does not bother me, but it may not be for everyone. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series to see where Asimov goes with the concept. ( )
  Cora-R | Jan 13, 2016 |
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Asimov, Isaacprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foss, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fruttero, CarloForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giralt, PilarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Post-1973 reissues:
To the memory of my mother
(1895–1973)
1951 issue:
To my Mother

Of whose Authentic Gray Hairs
Not a few were caused by myself.
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HARI SELDON ... born in the 11,988th year of the Galactic Era: died 12,069.

ENCYCLOPEDIA GALACTICA
His name was Gaal Dornick and he was just a country boy who had never seen Trantor before.
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It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Violence is the last refuge of the competent.
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First issued as Ace Double D-110 (with Poul Anderson's "No World of Their Own"); shortly thereafter, reissued as a stand-alone with the same publisher's number (D-110); reissued again a few years later as D-538. One of the stories that make up the 'fix-up' novel "Foundation".
www.amazon.com- Foundation marks the first of a series of tales set so far in the future that Earth is all but forgotten by humans who live throughout the galaxy. Yet all is not well with the Galactic Empire. Its vast size is crippling to it. In particular, the administrative planet, honeycombed and tunneled with offices and staff, is vulnerable to attack or breakdown. The only person willing to confront this imminent catastrophe is Hari Seldon, a psychohistorian and mathematician. Seldon can scientifically predict the future, and it doesn't look pretty: a new Dark Age is scheduled to send humanity into barbarism in 500 years. He concocts a scheme to save the knowledge of the race in an Encyclopedia Galactica. But this project will take generations to complete, and who will take up the torch after him? The first Foundation trilogy (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation) won a Hugo Award in 1965 for "Best All-Time Series." It's science fiction on the grand scale; one of the classics of the field
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Foundation marks the first of a series of tales set so far in the future that Earth is all but forgotten by humans who live throughout the galaxy. Yet all is not well with the Galactic Empire. Its vast size is crippling to it. In particular, the administrative planet, honeycombed and tunneled with offices and staff, is vulnerable to attack or breakdown. The only person willing to confront this imminent catastrophe is Hari Seldon, a psychohistorian and mathematician. Seldon can scientifically predict the future, and it doesn't look pretty: a new Dark Age is scheduled to send humanity into barbarism in 500 years. He concocts a scheme to save the knowledge of the race in an Encyclopedia Galactica. But this project will take generations to complete, and who will take up the torch after him? The first Foundation trilogy (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation) won a Hugo Award in 1965 for "Best All-Time Series." It's science fiction on the grand scale; one of the classics of the field. --Brooks Peck

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A band of pscyhologists plant a colony to encourage art, science, and technology in the declining Galactic Empire.

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