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 homel...
  • 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 a...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Oct 06, 2010
    (527 From 1001 Books) - Foundation (Foundation, #1), Isaac Asimov The Foundation series is a science fiction book series written by Russian American author Isaac Asimov. For nearly thirty years, the series was a trilogy: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 th...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • J.L.   Sutton
    Nov 17, 2018
    Isaac Asimov's Foundation is a good start to a great series! Really like the idea of Hari Seldon, the psychohistorian at the heart of the Foundation Series. Even though he largely disappears after the book's beginning, much of the subsequent action is based on his predictions...
  • 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 donor...
  • 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...
  • Simona B
    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 ...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Mar 08, 2013
    One of my very favorite old Golden Age SF novels. The old empire is dying, says one Hari Selden, a genius historian and statistician, even though hardly anyone believes him. Can he and his followers use their knowledge of history and human behavior to build a better galactic society wh...
  • 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 i...
  • 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 res...
  • 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 engaging?religion as a means of control, psychohistory?but the telling of the story leav...
  • Matthew
    Dec 29, 2020
    I have read several Asimov titles over the years and while I have enjoyed some of them, his writing generally does not click for me. I am not sure what it is exactly because the subject matter is usually something that sounds interesting, but the way it is delivered I tend to zone out/...
  • BlackOxford
    Feb 23, 2020
    Life in the Garden of Letters Foundation is a technological society which believes it can avoid its likely demise through the application of more technology. Even its ?thought leaders? believe their job is to preserve technological knowledge in anticipation of the impending dark...
  • 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...
  • Leonard Gaya
    Jun 21, 2015
    Foundation is one of these books most everyone pretends to have read. Maybe that?s for a reason. This book was published during what is now called the ?golden age? of pulp science fiction (the 1940s) when John W. Campbell ruled over the genre in the U.S. with his Astounding Scien...
  • Sean Barrs
    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 rob...
  • 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 ...
  • Henk
    Aug 22, 2020
    For something that beat the Lord of the Rings as best series this was rather underwhelming, despite the clear influence of the ideas touched upon by Asimov Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent A fascinating premise: with enough scale and data (foreshadowing big data and ...
  • Mario the lone bookwolf
    Mar 07, 2018
    Psychohistory and predetermination have become driving forces of the Sci-Fi genre Psychohistory itself has many real-life counterparts, I wont even start counting. Just think of everything that gives one the possibility of predicting the future. Like statistics, AI, mathematics, ...
  • Orhan Pelinkovic
    Sep 03, 2020
    This Sci-fi narrative takes place fifty thousand years into the future. Humanity has achieved the possibility of interstellar travel and inhabited a large part of our galaxy, although, strangely, still relying on oil, coal, and for the fortunate ones, nuclear power, as the primary sour...