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Foundation (1951)

by Isaac Asimov

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    Dune by Frank Herbert (Patangel, JonTheTerrible)
    JonTheTerrible: The pace of these books are similar as well as the topics they cover: society and government. The science plays only a small role in both books but is present enough to successfully build the worlds in which the characters inhabit.
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    The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov (Cecrow)
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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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    A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. (yokai)
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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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    Shadow of Heaven by Bob Shaw (Polenth)
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"Old memories sting when they come suddenly"

On the one hand, the liberal use of religion as a a means of controlling the people is quite interesting for a book of its time, and almost forgives the misogynistic portrait of characters. On the other hand, however, the blind faith in and person cult around Hari Seldon diametrically opposes this view, as well as the idealisation of science.

As such, I personally find the values of the book quite.. Unrelatable. ( )
  zojjz | Sep 29, 2014 |
There's so much to be said for Foundation. We start out with the psychohistorians with their leader Hari Seldon who has predicted a 10,000 year Empire is about to crash to its knees and herald in a new Dark Ages. Hari can't stop the Dark Ages but he can shorten it.

Interestingly he creates a priest class that runs the "nucleonics" of the Foundation, its erstwhile goal of creating an Encyclopedia Galactica set aside by stemming the tide of losing technology.

You see, the Empire is losing its grip on the other sectors of the galaxy. More and more are dividing and becoming their own little kingdoms. The book centers around several characters who, through inside and cleverness, make things happen to keep the Foundation and create an insidious society that keeps it going.

Asimov as an author, I have always been impressed with. His ability to create and predict (micro-miniaturization), parodies and criticism of religion and science, trade and technology, is throughout the book.

Near the end, we find that The Foundation is set to expand. Each chapter stands on its own and can be difficult for some to follow. But each chapter expands decades, some more, and as such can be hard to keep up.

Highly recommended. Not "hard core" sci-fi so much as character-driven sci-fi.
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  jmourgos | Sep 12, 2014 |
Isaac Asimov scrie inteligent. Abia astept sa citesc restul cartilor din seria Fundatia. ( )
  mariusgm | Sep 12, 2014 |
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 chapters bdeing specifically written for the book in the fifties. Given this, there are a number of discrepancies that have made it through; at the trial of Seldon Dornick, Seldon says the Imperial Peace had lasted 12,000 years but when Hober Mallow made his way to the remnants of the empire it is said to have lasted only 2,000 years.

On the whole, however, the stories are remarkably consistant even if some elements undoubtedly feel a bit dated. Another thing that is commented on by Asimov himself in later episodes of the sequence is that much of the actual action lies off-screen - these books are basically people standing around talking, though still captivating all the same. ( )
  JohnFair | Jul 20, 2014 |
This book is amazing. The whole premise of future with a religion of science is very interesting. While it is in the future, you can draw parallels to the past, which makes this book become even more interesting. The author doesn't bog you down with details and just lets you imagine the journey through this wonderful story. It is very quick and almost seems like a set of short stories, which is perfect for discovering the overall implications of Foundation and the many decades this story covers. ( )
  renbedell | Jul 13, 2014 |
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:27:20 -0400)

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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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