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The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

The Foundation Trilogy (1951)

by Isaac Asimov

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I have not read The Foundation Triology since I was 10 years old. It made a huge impression on me at that time and I thought it was time to reread the classic series - one of the most honored and cherished science fiction series ever to be written.

Well, it hasn't aged well, Asimov's characters are wooden and one-dimensional and not developed at all. The dialogue is, shall we say, 50's pulp fictionish. The plot throughout the books wanders around like a drunken sailor looking for a good time.

Still, Asimov does one thing so right it completely redeems the entire series and makes the books well worth reading. His vision of a galactic empire encompassing MILLIONS of worlds is enthralling and spins my geekness on it's ear. His idea of pyschohistory - the ability to predict future events based on large groups of people is equally interesting.

Worth reading due to the contributions to science fiction and the ideas presented. ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
An excellent part of the Foundation story; Arkady is a fun character and the story-telling is top notch. ( )
  yrthegood1staken | Feb 2, 2017 |
I love the entire foundation series, very well written and a lot of fun. Definitely a must-read for any sci-fi fan. ( )
  yrthegood1staken | Feb 2, 2017 |
I love the entire foundation series, very well written and a lot of fun. Definitely a must-read for any sci-fi fan. ( )
  yrthegood1staken | Feb 2, 2017 |
Quite simply this is the finest work of science fiction that I have ever read. Asimov had a way of really bringing the characters to life and making you empathize with them.

For me the story was so captivating that I hardly put the book down. And the best part of all is that it was so well written that I did not have a clue how it would end until the last two sentences of the book. Predictable it was not.

I have read this trilogy twice already and it is on my list for another re-read. ( )
  jbwlibre | Aug 11, 2016 |
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FOUNDATION: Headnote: Hari Seldon -- . . . born in the 11,988th year of the Galactic Era; died 12,069.
FOUNDATION: Text: His name was Gaal Dornick and he was just a country boy who had never seen Trantor before.
FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE: The Galactic Empire Was Falling.
SECOND FOUNDATION: The First Galactic Empire had endured for tens of thousands of years.
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This omnibus edition includes: Foundation; Foundation and Empire; and Second Foundation. Please do not combine it with any individual work, or with any other combination of titles. Thank you.
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Author: Isaac Asimov Hardcover: 609 pages Publisher: Science Fiction Book Club Publication Date: 2004 ISBN: 0739444050 Package Length: 8.3 inches Package Width: 5.9 inches Package Height: 1.5 inches Package Weight: 1.55 pounds Average Customer Rating: ***** based on 7 reviews Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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