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Foundation (The Foundation Series) [Paperback]

Isaac Asimov
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28 Mar 1994 The Foundation Series

The first volume in Issac Asimov’s world-famous saga, winner of the Hugo Award for Best All-Time Novel Series.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New Impression edition (28 Mar 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586010807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586010808
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.6 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. -- Brooks Peck


‘One of the most staggering achievements in modern SF’
The Times

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars laid the foundation for much of today's scifi 13 July 2004
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Asimov's Foundation series was more aptly named than many suspect. Over the years it has served as an inspiration to many science fiction masterpieces, and became the benchmark by which all other epic science fiction was based. Much of today's space opera owes much to the original vast planet-spanning tale of the birth of a civilisation guided through the ages by the God-like hand of Seldon, and its testament to the enduring legacy of the work that its still as awe inspiring a tale as it was more than half a century ago. True, some of the technologies and settings are a little dated but that's not where the strength of the series lies.
If you're unfamiliar with the Foundation work, they are basically a series of short stories taking place over a number of centuries that chart the rise of an intergalactic civilisation from humble origins to a vast galactic power, and the trials and tribulations that shaped it, narrated from the perspective of its major historical figures, such as prominent civic leaders, military heroes, merchant traders, brilliant scientists etc. Underpinning all this is the strange figure of genius Hari Seldon, who predicted the whole course of future events through his discipline of psychohistory, a science that predicts the actions of whole civilisations and societies over a grand time-scale.
Each chapter starts with an excerpt from the fictional Encyclopedia Galactica on the events portrayed in the following scene as if the whole series is a look back at history from some undisclosed future. It lends a wonderful sense of grandness to the stories as well as being an original and novel way of introducing the new setting.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE original space adventure... 21 Nov 2002
Imagine a time, set so far in the future... A time when Humans have left Earth to explore, and settled throughout the Galaxy, a time where the idea that mankind ever only inhabited ONE planet, is thought to be an old wives tale.
Foundation is just that. The foundation for all other sci-fi adventures. So many books and films have followed in the steps of Foundation, and Asimov really has lead the way for people to let their imagination run riot and imagine what on the one hand, is so far fetched, but on the other leaves us wondering "well maybe..."
Everything in Foundation has a sort of logic, the theory that the future can be mapped out by mathematical equations. However even in the future, ideas can be thought of as heretic, and people with ideas that do not fit in with the norm, are cast away, to the edge of space where they can cause no trouble.
Foundation, and the following classics will stretch your imagination and throw you into a World of 'fantasy' that seems to have a lifeline to reality. Considering the Foundation series of Asimovs books were written so long ago, they are still fresh enough, and still have an edge to hold onto the reader until the very last page.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Golden Age Asimov 26 Sep 2008
Originally serialised in John W Campbell's `Astounding'. This trilogy became Asimov's most famous (if not his best) work. Allegedly, Campbell refused to accept stories in which aliens were superior to humans in any fashion so Asimov decided that his Galactic Empire would have no aliens at all.
It is set against a background of a Galactic Empire, comprised of millions of worlds, all improbably controlled from the governmental central world of Trantor.
The Empire has lasted for thousands of years and has become a stagnant society.
Scientist and psychologist Hari Seldon has developed the statistical science of Psychohistory which, by examining the interactions of billions of people, can predict future trends to a high degree of accuracy and has foreseen the fall of the Empire within five hundred years.
`Foundation' is the story of his plan of damage limitation.
He cannot prevent the fall of The Empire but he can set forces in motion which will reduce the intervening period of barbarism and set the foundation for a new better Empire.
Two Foundations are established at `either end' of the Galaxy ostensibly as a base for the production of the Encyclopaedia Galactica. From these, Seldon predicts, an inevitable process of cause and effect will engender a renaissance across a galaxy slowly falling into barbarism.
Although he is dead by the time the narrative gets into its stride, Asimov is able to bring Seldon back through the neat device of the Foundation Time-Vault in which Seldon has left holographic messages which are set running at the projected times of crises for the community.
Thus, although we move forward through time in leaps and bounds of fifty to a hundred years, Seldon provides a linking device throughout the narrative.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:School & Library Binding
Ultimately, the hardest decision about the Foundation books is to decide the order in which to read them. Maybe I'm being ridiculous, but I think you will enjoy them more if you read them in the order they were written. If so, this is the second book. If you have not yet read Foundation, then you need to go back and do so before tackling this one.
Your other choice is to read the prequels first, then go onto Foundation. In that case, this is the fourth book you should read.
Whichever choice you make, don't read this book first.
On the surface, Foundation and Empire will seem like an uninspired playing out of Hari Seldon's vision for the future. Ah! But there's much more happening, so pay attention. When you get to the end of the book, you may find you have missed the mainstream and will have to go back. Don't worry, almost everyone has that reaction.
Asimov is a brilliant conceptual writer, but not someone who slaved over every word (in fact, he was famous for writing most of his many books in only 1 or 2 drafts, with little editing after that). This book begins to develop the full Foundation concept in all of its stunning beauty.
In many ways, you will be reading this book from the eyes of the first Foundation. But that's the unimportant one. The real action is with the second Foundation. Be sure to keep that in mind.
When you meet the Mule, don't think of him as an aberration but rather as an extension of today's potential. That will make the book more interesting for you.
Many people find this book to be the least interesting one of the Foundation series. Let me warn you that reading this one will greatly increase your pleasure in the following books beginning with the Second Foundation (which is your next pleasant reading assignment).
Enjoy this irresistible series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
The first three books in the Foundation series are all fantastic. Maybe not quite up to the dizzy heights set by Frank Herberts Dune series, but then so few Sci-fi epics are and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars it was a gift
since this item was bought as a gift to someone else i really don't know if it suited the expectations. it arrived on time though and came in good condition
Published 2 months ago by octavio
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall this was intellectually stimulating
Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov -- 5/5 stars

I had to read the sequel to Foundation after I had read it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by super antpod
5.0 out of 5 stars He was so happy
I bought this as a present for my dad as an avid Asimov fan. He was so happy to receive it and loved it more because it was an early edition. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Teens
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
originally read whole series and decided to revisit but missed this as it wasn't available on kindle. well worth it. still an excellent read after all these years.
Published 5 months ago by PAULMACK
5.0 out of 5 stars Foundation and Empire
This book is amazing, a really good read for any sci fi fan.My sons loved it, and it kept them quiet for hours.
Published 6 months ago by Samantha herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars husband's book!
I brought this for my husband as he is a massive sci-fi fan, and he had one of isaac asimov robot novels. Read more
Published 12 months ago by lorna loftus
3.0 out of 5 stars A brief psychohistory of everything
Foundation is a collection of short stories telling a big story, the collapse of entire galactic empire, and the creation of its successor by a small sects of scientists devoted to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mostly Harmless
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, poor print run
I can't really fault Foundation, which is a fine novel and some of Asimov's best work. I was disappointed by the actual printing of the book, however, which had a number of typos... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Matt Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars book rating
to understand the context of this book you have to buy the whole series,they take you away from the humdrum world we live in to the far reaches of the whole galaxy.and beyond. Read more
Published 15 months ago by martin drake
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