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Foundation

Asimov, Isaac (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Asimov, Isaac, 1920-1992
Title: Foundation
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 22 cm
Contents: The psychohistorians
The encyclopedists
The mayors
The traders
The merchant princes
ISBN: 0553803719
Branch Call Number: FICTION Asi
Statement of Responsibility: Isaac Asimov
Subject Headings: Psychohistory Fiction Life on other planets Fiction Seldon, Hari (Fictitious character) Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Psychohistory
Life on other planets
Seldon, Hari (Fictitious character)
LCCN: 2003069137
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Oct 18, 2013
  • anthonybencivengo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Once you've suspended your disbelief (Going from a period of major scientific advances to the darkest of dark ages in less than a century? Really?), you can settle in to an intelligent political thriller that will keep you constantly on the edge of your seat. Isaac Asimov was a remarkable writer, and in this book he builds a strong sense of place despite having only short vingettes to work with as the plotline flies between historical eras and characters with the speed and exhiliration of an FTL drive.

I liked Foundation's Edge much better than the original trilogy. Better writing and more involved plot. Written much later in his life.

Jul 04, 2013
  • BrickBook rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a very old-style, classic SF story. I was so bothered by the constant jumps in time that it took a while to notice there were NO WOMEN except two who seemed very cardboard-cutout: one who said nothing but was blown away by bling, and one who nagged her husband. (copyright 1951 - no wonder!)

The book is hindered by the author's attention to his idea at the expense of plot, character, setting. But as a trip down memory lane it was fine.

Mar 13, 2012
  • btmslt rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good story The foundation series was originally a trio of books and as such the first three are the best. Actually, as with many series, the first is the best. This book sets you up for the legacy of the foundation.

Feb 13, 2012
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Foundation ---- by Isaac Asimov c - 1979/LP Read reg. book Orig. c - ? The foundation series is a wonderful story line. ---- As I've said for many years, Sci-Fi authors sure have a way of chiding governments. And it's Wonderful to read that humor!! --- It's really comical the way the masters do that. And Wonderful to read that humor!! ---- Read the series and enjoy! ---- RichardPaul

I couldn't quite wrap my head around this book. Yes, the concept was fascinating. However, the writing and the dialog were not very good. The characters felt unrealistic and flat. Even so, there is something intriguing about this story, so I'll probably end up reading the next two books. I want to find out what happens next.

Apr 17, 2011
  • ericabraumberger rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Asimov is a genius. The narrative of "Foundation" is especially interesting because unlike most novels, you follow the progression of a planet rather than a character, exploring its socio-political situation from every angle. It's so unlike anything you've ever read, and I highly recommend it to any science fiction fan.

Jan 24, 2011
  • nontechmom rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Never having read Asimov before, I was disappointed in this book. The Foundation is an interesting concept, but I found the nuclear energy/science as a religion equated with Christianity distasteful.

Jan 21, 2011
  • oldman74 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

in my opinion, this is the best book from the godfather of science fiction.

asimov combines the fields of psychology, history, and sociology to create an epic tale. according to one of the characters in the book, through the study of "psychohistory" and the use of a few mathematical equations, one can predict the future course of a society.

this book is a great read for a teenager as well as any adult. it moves at a decent pace so as not to lose your interest.

once you read this book, be sure to get books two and three: "foundation and empire" and "second foundation". you won't be disappointed.

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