Truly a classic. Asimov's brilliance at constructing complex and riveting political drama is perhaps rivalled only by this genre's other giant, Frank Herbert. While Herbert's dramas are epic in length, Foundation is epic in its depth amid the brevity of each of the stories that make up this book.
This s the first book in my favorite science fiction series of all time. Asimov has a beautiful vision and a perfectly crafted world. This book is short on dialogue but it tells it's story beautifully. A must-read for any sci-fi fan. 5 out of 5!!
The book that first opened my eyes to "hard" science fiction and made me realize there was more to the genre than blasters and spaceships. Dr. Asimov's concept of psychohistory has been so influential that there have been attempts to develop theories along those lines in real life. This is also (of course) the source of the famous quote from Salvor Hardin: Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
A great book for teenagers interested in social science. Written in 1951, before one's world view was supposed to be entirely cynical, it's a pretty easy read, and covers a vast amount of (alternate) world view.
Book One of the Fundation Series, awarded Hugo as best ever Series! A battle between good and evil in the form of knowledge and warfare.
A classic! I was hooked on this series (this is the first in the Foundation series) as well as the Robot series. Yes, it's a bit dated for us modern readers, but I just love Asimov's writing style: the creativity, the character development, the politics. One of the best!
Book One of the classic series by the remarkable Issac Asimov.
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.
THE first classic sci-fi novel in Asimov's Foundation series.
This classic work of science fiction should be read by anyone interested in learning more about the origins of the genre. Although the book does show its age in places, the story is still compelling and ultimately very readable.
Book 1 of the Foundation Series. Isaac Asimov's Best novel length set of works.
Have you ever been in a situation where you were party to two people talking about something they had part in, and rather than telling of the event as a story, they simply rehash difficult or interesting aspects of the event leaving you, the observer, to piece together what actually happened? Reading Foundation (Foundation, #1) is exactly like that! It is interesting that the synopsis of the book, then, references "nonstop action", when in fact there is absolutely no action, save discussion, but merely discussion references to things that happened in the not too distant past.
This book opens with a galactic empire in place that is on the decline. A psychohistorian named Dr. Seldon exposits to a conveniently placed underling about the fact that he scientifically - using psychohistory - has predicted the decline of the galactic empire, an interregnum of dark ages, and then a second galactic empire. He further explains that he has a plan in place to shorten the dark ages by preserving all of the knowledge of human kind. And using psychohistory - who we shall now refer to as deus ex machina - he can predict the behavior of individuals and groups so has manipulated things to go exactly according to his plan, whether they like it or not. Muahaha.
The rest of the novel continues like this with a more learned or more accomplished character - exclusively male - expositing through dialogue to an underling or protege - also exclusively male...
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One of the classics of the genre by one of it's most brilliant authors.
Hooked me on the journey, I have now read all of the trilogy and a few of the other offshoots. A great way to spend a few hours.
I really enjoyed this book and feel bad that it took me over two weeks to read it. It's not a slow read at all, I just kept letting myself get distracted by other activities when I should have plowed through it in about 4-5 days.
Anyway the book itself started off quite slowly for me, for some reason the first ten pages just dragged along. Then it picked up and as the story advanced forward in time in big jumps I was really getting into it. My favorite line in the book has to be Mayor Salvor Hardin: "To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well." I think my favorite aspect of the book was seeing characters like Hardin and Mallow in one chapter, then appearing again farther along in time in the next, typically playing a similar but not identical role.
I am embarrased that I've been reading science fiction for over 30 years and hadn't read Foundation until now. I knew it was a classic but the synopsis just never grabbed me. I have been reading more books suggested by my groups on Goodreads in the last year or so which includes reading I, Robot directly before Foundation. This one was interesting enough and left off at a good place in the story arc that I will definitely read the next volume.
The fiercely ambitious premise of the Foundation series is of a repository of knowledge set up as a candle in the dark, against the chaos pressing in on the crumbling edges of the imploding Galactic Empire.
Brilliant social scientist Hari Seldon has realized that the vast, ancient Empire which seemed "too big to fail" (as we might say) should actually be measuring its remaining lifespan on the scale of decades. The aftermath of this collapse will surely be the regression of humanity into barbarism for tens of centuries before civilization can hope to regroup. That is, unless a visionary were to try to establish a last bastion of science, to safeguard human knowledge for the purposes of rebuilding as soon as the dust has settled from the Empire's collapse.
Yet as the protection of the dwindling Empire is gradually withdrawn from Foundation, how will this small community of peace-loving scientists manage to hold off the ring of savage petty kingdoms that lust after the prospect of looting this desperate outpost of human knowledge?
The second half of the book is broken into a series of connected short stories describing activities of the different groups involved in Foundation's struggle for survival. One after another, they must confront a series of desperate crises with only their own ingenuity and the wisdom of the long-dead Hari Seldon to guide them.
This is a book that was good to listen to rather than read. I think I would have had trouble with it. An interesting story, but I found it dry.
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 for future generations.