The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

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7 Critic Reviews

...all too soon it degenerates into yet another who's-the-robot caper, like all the recent Foundations...ultimately obvious plotting...Seldon himself is poorly drawn and unconvincing; and the more you liked the original trilogy, the more disappointing and deflating you'll find the underlying ideas here.
-Kirkus

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Author: Isaac Asimov Hardcover: 609 pages Publisher: Science Fiction Book Club Publication Date: 2004 ISBN: 0739444050 Package Length: 8.3 inches Package Width: 5.9 inches Package Height: 1.5 inches Package Weight: 1.55 pounds Average Customer Rating: ***** based on 7 reviews Most Helpful Customer Reviews
 

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Published January 1, 1974 by Avon Books. 225 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on May 01 1988

...all too soon it degenerates into yet another who's-the-robot caper, like all the recent Foundations...ultimately obvious plotting...Seldon himself is poorly drawn and unconvincing; and the more you liked the original trilogy, the more disappointing and deflating you'll find the underlying ideas here.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Paul Krugman on Dec 04 2012

...this little implausibility in the Foundation novels matters not at all. They remain, uniquely, a thrilling tale about how self-knowledge – an understanding of how our own society works – can change history for the better. And they're every bit as inspirational now as they were when I first read them, three-quarters of my life ago.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Ted Gioia on Dec 10 2008

Like it or leave it, this tripartite work is the grand monument in Asimov's oeuvre. He tried to recapture the magic of the Foundation trilogy years later, returning to this inspirational theme of his youth—but the mature Asimov was unable to match the unbridled energy of this grandiose early effort.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Ted Gioia on Dec 10 2008

Like it or leave it, this tripartite work is the grand monument in Asimov's oeuvre. He tried to recapture the magic of the Foundation trilogy years later, returning to this inspirational theme of his youth—but the mature Asimov was unable to match the unbridled energy of this grandiose early effort.

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by The Diva on Jun 30 2004

The main frustration I’ve experienced with Asimov’s Foundation cycle is the lack of growth in human capacities he envisions for the future in these books. Asimov places all his faith in a single sort of human, the vigorous male leader who sets less vigorous male leaders straight, achieving power for himself. Asimov’s ideal is not mine.

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Suvudu

Above average
Reviewed by DAVID J. WILLIAMS on Mar 24 2010

And it’s ironic, too, that the man who did such a great job at creating achingly real characters (no matter what the New Wave might have said) should have found his masterpiece in a character that wasn’t even human.

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DL Morrese

Good
Reviewed by Dave on Jul 01 2012

The story has aged well. It remains interesting and compelling. There are places where its age shows, of course, but they do not detract from the story.

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