Foundation

Foundation

Book rating: 04 Paperback Foundation Novels (Paperback)

By (author) Isaac Asimov

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  • Publisher: Spectra Books
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 173mm x 25mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0553293354
  • ISBN 13: 9780553293357
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised
  • Sales rank: 1,915

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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 pver 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.

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By Vedran 25 Apr 2010 4

Foundation is the first book in the Foundation series and is one of the most famous science fiction books. The story is set far into the future, in the time when the Galactic Empire is falling. The book deals with the forming of the Foundation, its developement and it's dealing with the crises that threaten to destroy it.

The book is very good. The idea for the story is interesting and I like the ways Foundation solves all the crises that threaten it. One minus is that the story is somewhat like: foundation develops, then it faces a crises, then it solves the crises, then it develops, then it faces a crises, then ... which makes it a bit predictable but it's still worth reading. After you read this book you should also read Foundation and Empire.

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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.