Foundation by Isaac Asimov

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The idea is wonderful, I can even see why it stands out among its contemporaries, but to say it is a great novel... no, I wouldn't go that far.
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For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future--to 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 a fututre 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. Mankind's last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun--or fight them and be destroyed.

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Isaac Asimov began his Foundation Series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned over 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decasdes. He died, at age of seventy-two, in April 1992.
Published June 1, 2004 by Spectra. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jen K. on Jun 19 2009

Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I already picked up the second part of the series. However, while the politics and rise and fall of nations was well done and interesting, his treatment of gender was disappointing to say the least.

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Reviewed by Antony Jones on Jul 18 2012

The ultimate question has to be "Is it still any good more than 60 years after it was written?", I would have to say absolutely - while there are a few references to antiquated also has a timeless quality about it mainly thanks to those big ideas.

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on May 01 2014

You don't get a whole lot (well, any) of exploding spaceships in this book. What you do get are characterizations and sociopolitics that continue to ring true...But in Foundation, Asimov helped set a real foundation indeed: the idea that good SF must engage the whole mind.

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Above average
Reviewed by Val on Oct 19 2010

The idea is wonderful, I can even see why it stands out among its contemporaries, but to say it is a great novel... no, I wouldn't go that far.

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on Sep 06 2012

In the end, it remains a good read even after forty-six years and that is quite remarkable. A must read to any fan or scholar of the genre, it would probably serve as an enjoyable light read to most anyone who does not dislike Science Fiction.

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Reviewed by Stettin on Aug 05 2007

I think the way that Asimov arranges these problems is intriguing because the solutions usually come from angles I’d never have suspected. He also develops strong characters such as Salvor Hardin and Hober Mallow, which become as beloved as Hari Seldon to those of the Foundation.

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