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Asimov's other masterpiece,
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This review is from: The Foundation Trilogy Threeclassics Of Science -Foundation,Foundation And Empire,Second Foundationfiction (Hardcover)
Frank Herbert was the first to acknowledge the legacy of The Foundation Trilogy in his Dune-world: before Star Wars, Dune or any other scifi cliché, there was Asimov's own Galactic Empire, wherein played out a brilliant treatise on Marxism, Fascism, and centrist sociology. More amazing that this seminal work was from the same guy who would later give us the Three Laws of Robotics. Either would have left a stamp on American intellectual thought, together they define an opus of importance.
Like Tolkien before him Asimov seems hell-bent on a triple-play, and parts of what is really here one vast novel can be plodding; the 1950's/1960's were the age of the Big Novel, after all (think Michener's Hawaii, or Fairbain's Five Smooth Stones). In our text- message age we might just wave this off with a "TLDR". Don't. Read this book! This is an exciting scifi classic, if scifi means to you more than exploding rocket ships and scantily-clad women. For some of us, it does. This is a book about ideas.