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Foundation (1951)

by Isaac Asimov

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    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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    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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Asimov provides an epic struggle for the survival of humanity after the fall of the Empire. Extremely difficult to put down. The Foundation "Trilogy" later expanded to encompass seven novels directly and also tied in many of Asimov's Robot stories and novels. ( )
  DavidMKelly | Dec 9, 2014 |
I've never read any of Asimov's books and I have to say that I have clearly been missing something. The story was well done...simplistic but with a deeper plot than one would expect. I found myself wanting to constantly look for the next crisis. ( )
  gopfolk | Nov 21, 2014 |
There was too much politics and intrigue in this for my taste. It's a popular book for many but to me it's just not going anywhere interesting. It's a small book and still it dragged. ( )
  peterjameswest | Nov 21, 2014 |
I cannot quite tell what the fuss is all about. Foundation is well written but the plot resembles a history text book more than a science fiction thriller - though I suppose that is entirely the point. Still, written the way it is I often felt too distant from the characters and their future society to really care how well they fared. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Nov 8, 2014 |
Too dry for me. Very little in the way of characterization. Very much concept-driven. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 19, 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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