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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)
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Foundation is clearly a precursor for modern space operas and you can see why it is highly regarded, but it doesn't quite do it for me. The writing shows its age, what with the focus on nuclear radiation as the solution to everything in society, even cancer-curing radioactive foods. And the idea that in time of war, science would somehow be abandoned and stagnate, despite history showing that war is one of the greatest catalysts of science, is ludicrous. That system-spanning kingdoms wouldn't know how to repair and further develop their technology...just no. Worth reading to see the history of SciFi, but expect it to feel old, because it is. Not sure I'll care to read the rest of the series. Rating 3/5. ( )
  TinoDidriksen | May 27, 2020 |
Expertly crafted, compelling sci-fi from one of the all-time greats in the genre. I'm looking forward to the sequel. ( )
  Cail_Judy | Apr 21, 2020 |
Foundation is one of the most famous of all Sci-Fi books from one of Sci-Fi's most prolific writers. Its reputation is well justified. The skill with which Asimov constructed this story long before cell phones, laptop computers and even the ubiquitous TV set creating a future that is believable with no reference to these items is amazing.
I don't often read Sci-Fi, but am on a binge of it lately, revisiting books and authors I read ages ago (Asimov, Bradbury and Clarke) and venturing a little into more contemporary writers. It has been an entirely enjoyable and entertaining experience, a bit of a break from reading or re-reading classics as I have been doing a lot of in the last couple of years.
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  Paul-the-well-read | Apr 18, 2020 |
It is a classic which still, despite its emphasis on atomic power and almost no women in key roles, provides insights into humanity that still hold true.

The premise is that the Galactic Empire and its home planet of Trantor are going to fall after twelve thousand years of interstellar rule, and millennia of chaos will ensue. Thirty thousand years, per Hari Seldon's psychohistory calculations. However, Dr. Seldon has devised a plan through his Encyclopedia Galactica project that will result in only a thousand years of anarchy.

And brilliantly, Asimov shows key points in the start of that thousand years, individual short histories that have bearing on one another only because each key person in those histories realizes that they are coming to a Seldon-anticipated moment: there seems to be no way out of their particular galactic situation except for one, and that would be what Seldon predicted.

I read this book in my early 20's, liked it well enough, but remember being jarred by the decades and centuries between the stories. Now, I read it with a lot more understanding of human interaction, and some measure of cynicism, which helps Asimov's originality shine through. ( )
1 vote threadnsong | Apr 4, 2020 |
Harri Seldon, expert in mathematical psychohistory, predicts end of the galactic empire and forms a plan to shorten the "dark ages" before the next "civilization" arises.
  JohnLavik | Mar 29, 2020 |
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To the memory of my mother
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.

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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