Foundation

Foundation

For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, 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 scientis For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the re...

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Title:Foundation
Author:Isaac Asimov
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:Foundation
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:244 pages pages

Foundation Reviews

  • mark monday
    Jun 24, 2017
    psychohistory - "that branch of mathematics which deals with the reactions of human conglomerates to fixed social and economic stimuli" - says that the patterns and cycles of human societies can be accurately predicted. Hari Seldon - that genius psychohistorian whose homely visage s...
  • Ken-ichi
    Mar 27, 2009
    An amusing read, but I think I still prefer Brin and Simmons when it comes to epic space opera. Probably the most interesting thing about this book (and, I assume, the rest of the series) is the millennia-spanning time scale of its narrative, which Asimov handles by establishing Hari S...
  • Christy
    Sep 29, 2007
    Honestly, I don't get why this book/series is so popular. There are some interesting elements to it (for instance, the use of religion as a tool of mass control and the implicit resultant argument that religion is no more than a fraud, "the opiate of the people," after all), but the bo...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Oct 06, 2010
    527. Foundation (Foundation, #1), Isaac Asimov The Foundation series is a science fiction book series written by American author Isaac Asimov. For nearly thirty years, the series was a trilogy: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. It won the one-time Hugo Award fo...
  • Tom
    Jan 15, 2008
    I highly recommend Foundation to anyone who professes to have a grain of interest in Sci-Fi. The political intrigue, religious undertones, innovative sci-fi thoeories, world building, and epic scope make Foundation one of the most worthy reads of speculative fiction. The premise is ...
  • Steven Harbin
    Apr 10, 2011
    I just re-read this for about the 5th or 6th time, although this was probably the first time I've gone back to this volume in over a decade or even two. Asimov still holds up for me, though I can't say how much of that is nostalgia. Still, he's probably not for everyone, a little wordy...
  • Thomas
    Nov 19, 2008
    The Foundation trilogy (three first books) and the Foundation series (all seven) are often regarded as the greatest set of Science Fiction literature ever produced. The Foundation series won the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966. Isaac Asimov was among the world's ...
  • Kevin Xu
    Mar 31, 2011
    This is where Science Fiction especially Space Opera first started. Any fan of Science Fiction has to read this, this is the father of all Science Fiction. Its why its called Foundation. It is the Foundation of science fiction. ...
  • Apatt
    May 03, 2014
    Yes, I have read Foundation before, chances are you have too! However, for some reason I missed out on the later Foundation books from Foundation's Edge, I can barely remember who Hari Seldon is or why ?Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent?. So reread the series from the ...
  • Trish
    Nov 04, 2016
    Not my first work by Asimov but I was told that this trilogy, together with his robot stories (that I've read), are his finest work and some of the most important works in science fiction. I now understand why. Asimov does not only have an extremely amiable writing style, he is a ma...
  • Bradley
    Mar 26, 2013
    From my first reading of this Foundation Trilogy when I was fourteen to my latest reading today, I still put these in my top ten books of all time. No question. Why? So many reasons. And even though the characters and the short-story-like presentation of the different times are q...
  • Jonathan
    Dec 28, 2010
    Foundation. The name is apt. Isaac Asimov's sprawling scifi tale is the rock on which much of today's space opera is built. Truer scifi historians than me would cite the late 1920s and pulp magazines such as Amazing Stories and E. E. "Doc" Smith as the DNA donors that spawned a tho...
  • Lyn
    Jul 30, 2011
    I read this again after about a thirty year hiatus. I remember as a high schooler liking it, and I read and liked some of the sequels, but not entirely getting the full ideas presented. After some time to grow up and mature, I think I can appreciate Asimov's vision better than befo...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    Sep 14, 2011
    3.5 "Call it idealism. Call it an identification of myself with that mystical generalization to which we refer by the term, 'humanity.'" I have read exactly fourteen novels and countless short-stories written by this genius of a man (because people, he's a genius. Don't even star...
  • Phrynne
    Mar 06, 2013
    This is a very interesting book full politics and intrigue. Actually not a lot really happens but the author provides a lot of food for thought. Some times I felt the writing was just a bit too dry and the characters a bit too bland. Overall however it is a classic piece of science fic...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Mar 08, 2013
    $1.99 Kindle sale, July 23, 2017. One of my very favorite old Golden Age SF novels. The old empire is dying, says one Hari Selden, a brilliant historian and statistician, even though hardly anyone believes him. Can he and his followers use their knowledge of history and human behavior ...
  • Denisse
    Nov 11, 2014
    Buddy Read at: Emma's Tea Party The Foundation trilogy is considered to be the best Science Fiction series of all time. And with reason. This first book is what we can call a huge introduction to what is in my opinion and little experience the best sociological study ever put in fic...
  • Penny
    Jun 12, 2012
    There's a reason everyone recommends this trilogy. It really is that good. I flew through this (granted it really isn't long) and loved every second! It's essentially 5 short stories that follow one another and need to be read in order. I'm very keen to read the rest of the Foundation ...
  • Sanjay Gautam
    Feb 11, 2015
    Absolutely Loved it! Hail Asimov! He is brilliant! His writing is enchanting and filled with awe inspiring genius. Work of sheer Ingenuity! Height of Inventiveness! ........................................................ ...
  • Kevin Kelsey
    Feb 24, 2013
    A great story, told in a terribly boring fashion. One-dimensional characters engaged in various trade negotiations, political upheavals and general planning. Dry beyond belief. The concepts are very engaging--religion as a means of control, psychohistory, etc--but the telling of the st...
  • Deniz Balcı
    Jun 21, 2018
    Vak?f serisi uzun zamand?r zellikle okumak istedi?im kitaplardand?. Sonunda ba?layabildim. A?kas? beklentim ok bykt. O yzden bir para k?rg?nl?k ya?amad?m desem yanl?? olur fakat di?er yandan olduka iyi bir ba?lang? say?labilece?ini de syleyebi...
  • Sinem A.
    Jun 08, 2018
    ince ince i?lenmi? kurgulanm??. bilimkurgunun bu unutulmaz serisine ba?lamaktan mutluluk duydum ...
  • Adina
    Jul 13, 2017
    2.5* rounded up to 3 for the idea. I postponed writing the review as I was hoping that something would click in my head and I would realize just how magnificent this novel is. It did not happen, unfortunately. First of all, I was made to believe that this is a SF book. It isn?...
  • Adrian
    Aug 06, 2013
    One of my all time favourite books, I first read this many years ago and as books have been added to the original trilogy I have re-read the whole series. I feel that IA pulled the stories together well, so the Robot novels all join with the Empire novels, what a master. Well I re-rea...
  • Markus
    Feb 07, 2017
    ?Now that the Empire had lost control over the farther reaches of the Galaxy, these little splinter groups of planets became kingdoms ? with comic-opera kings and nobles, and petty, meaningless wars, and a life that went on pathetically among the ruins. A civilization falling. Nuc...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    Apr 20, 2016
    This is the most ambitious thing I?ve ever read. The scope of this is just hugely imaginative. The idea is to create the new, and perfect, galactic empire. The old one is dying. But new empires don?t just pop up overnight; it takes years for the right circumstances to arise; it...
  • Manuel Antão
    Aug 19, 2018
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Dead Hand: "Foundation" by Isaac Asimov If I remember rightly, Asimov's robots do indeed find a cunning way around the three laws - they invent a Zero-th Law which states that "no robot can injure humanity or...
  • Maruf Hossain
    Mar 25, 2016
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  • Aldo Meza
    May 13, 2018
    Este s me ha gustado bastante ! Tal vez comet el error de no leer la saga en el orden en que se public, ya veremos. ...
  • Luca Ambrosino
    Feb 16, 2018
    English (Foundation)/ Italiano HARI SELDON... born in the 11,988th year of the Galactic Era; died 12,069The life of the brilliant mathematician Hari Seldon, protagonist of the two prequels to Foundation series, draws to a close. However, thanks to "psychohistory", the complex di...