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Foundation by Isaac Asimov
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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.… (more)
Authors:Isaac Asimov
Info:New York: Bantam Books, 2004.
Collections:Your library
Tags:scifi, sci-fi, classic, fiction

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Foundation by Isaac Asimov (Author) (1951)

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Asimov is obviously quite brilliant. His books took a "quantum leap" forward in the integration of science and literature in the 1950s. His success can be seen in the fact that his books do not seem all that impressive today. Indeed, stories about nuclear power, holograms, and power through knowledge are normal today - thanks in no small part to books like the Foundation.

Like many science-fiction books, this book runs on plot and short on psychology. The fundamental concept of the book is that "psychohistory" predicts phases of history. The universe, at least in this book, is heading to a dark age. Only the scientific knowledge of a small group of people can counteract the "priestly" knowledge based on "religious" control. Clearly, Asimov wants us to embrace science as the foundation for all of existence, in typical 1950s scientific optimism.

And who can blame him? Especially in the 1950s, science has solved so many problems that it seemed continually progression was inevitable. In our post-World-War-Two world, hope sprung forth through the knowledge of a small group of scientists who would reinvent the world.

In life seventy years after Asimov, our postmodern world might demur a bit. Science, though powerful, has not quenched humanity's thirst. Indeed, sometimes the "priests" of science can seem just as fallible as the priests of religion. Nonetheless, it is fun to peer into Asimov's ripe mind, where humanity's thirst for problems is young and the thirst of weakness is fading. ( )
  scottjpearson | Jan 25, 2020 |
Stitched together out of separate stories in a "fall of the Empire" arc, Asimov created an SF analog to the fall of the Roman Empire - which has echoes even in our time. While there are amusing anachronisms within the story (eg. smoking, paper newspapers) this remains an enduring classic. ( )
  mrklingon | Dec 3, 2019 |
The fall of the Roman Empire, but in space - what's not to love? Asimov is ambitious in his scope, and is somewhat scathing in his political commentary. The characters suffer a bit (they can be shallow in places) and it's not the most action packed book I've ever read, but it was fantastic all the same. ( )
  Fardo | Oct 15, 2019 |
I found Isaac Asimov's book "Foundation" to be a bit hard to rate. This science fiction classic is filled to the brim with interesting ideas and concepts, but Asimov tells the story in such a dry and mechanical way (which is perhaps fitting for the world he's created) that it's tough to stay engaged.

So, points for a good, solid story, but points off for style, I guess. ( )
  amerynth | Sep 16, 2019 |
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 | Jul 31, 2019 |
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Of whose Authentic Gray Hairs
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HARI SELDON ... born in the 11,988th year of the Galactic Era: died 12,069.

His name was Gaal Dornick and he was just a country boy who had never seen Trantor before.
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.
He had brought down his first Nyak when scarcely thirteen; had brought down his tenth the week after his accession to the throne; and was returning now from his forty-sixth.

‘Fifty before I come of age,’ he had exulted. ‘Who’ll take the wager?’

But courtiers don’t take wagers against the king’s skill. There is the deadly danger of winning.
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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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