Foundation Author:Isaac Asimov Bantam Books (c) 1951 — Publication date November 1991 — Book one in the Foundation Series. — The thousand-year plan. The Galactic Empire had lasted for 12,000 years and ruled over a million planets. But now it was dying. Hari Seldon, creator of the science of psychohistory, knew that its death would be followed by 30,000 years of brutal barbarism ... more »and savage warfare.
To preserve knowledge and shorten the dark period to a mere thousand years, Hari Seldon set up the encyclopedia Foundation and staffed it with the best scholars and scientist of the Empire. Then he placed it upon Terminus, a bleak world at the edge of the galaxy.
But now the Empire was retreating, leaving the Foundation isolated and unprotected. Around it, little barbarian kingdoms were already beginning their wars in search of dominance.
The Foundation knew itself as the only hope of mankind. But what could it do, alone and helpless, against the greed of the warlords who were reaching out to conquer and destroy it?« less