Foundation: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 1
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Foundation: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 1
Isaac Asimov
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Aug 9, 2018
As a writer, Isaac Asimov’s reputation rests solidly on his ambitious Foundation Trilogy, which was awarded a special Hugo Award in 1966 as best science fiction series of all time. And although he would bow to fan pressure and resume the franchise nearly thirty years after publishing its initial installments, the seminal impact of Asimov’s imaginative enterprise relies on the original three books composed in the 1940s and early 1950s: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. First published in bits and pieces in John W. Campbell’s Astounding magazine, the premier showcase of its era, the Foundation stories chronicled “the decline and fall of Rome, writ large,” using Edward Gibbon’s classic books on that subject as a template, as Asimov himself confessed. But the interstellar scope and temporal span of this history of the future, the intense melancholy engendered for the failure of an era yet unborn, the quiet heroism and intellectual byplay, the elements of mystery and detection—all of these components unite to create a sense that the writer (and the reader) is not anticipating things to come. Instead, we look back with providential omniscience from a vantage point even further forward in the stream of time.
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Oct 28, 2018
I became a science fiction fan when I was around 7 or 8 years old, in the late 60s, and once I turned 10, I was often found gorging myself on Azimov and Sturgeon and Clarke and Heinlein at the local library. You can't claim to be a fan of SF unless you've read the entire foundation series.
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Nov 25, 2018
I used to read a lot of science fiction, not sure if I ever read any of this trilogy, but i just don't know that at age 87 I should include this one in my bucket list. Maybe if i finish all the others.
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Seminal work of sci-fi
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Read these and the Robot series
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Classic SI-FI
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When I was younger, I was captivated by Science Fiction books; now I've moved on to other stuff, but always enjoyed the imagination used to visualise a future scenario by these authors. So much of the distopian views that were expressed are highly likely to occur here, what with ratbag politicians, warmongerers and those who don't care that humans are going to destroy our planet. Asimov's works were landmark stuff in that theme.
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Sweeping epic combining a grounded view of human nature with the author's characteristic hope that sufficiently rational people can save society from itself.
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Mar 25
First read in college, I was blown away by the metaphorical truths in this trilogy.
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The first Asimov book I read and one of the reasons I’ll fell in love with sci-fi
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Apr 1
Very entertaining story about psychology and space.
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Apr 2
Loved as a youth. Need to revisit with an Adults perspective.
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Best sci-fi trilogy of all-time
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I had no interest in fiction -- any fiction -- until I was "forced" to read Asimov's Foundation in high school. It was a watershed event. What a gift Asimov was. To every section of the library!
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An imaginative tale...
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Aug 9
True hard sci fi: take an idea and ask what if?
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