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 scientists and scholars and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations He calls his sanctuary the FoundationBut soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire Mankind s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice submit to the barbarians and be overrun or fight them and be destroyed


10 thoughts on “Foundation

  1. Christy Christy says:

    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 nothan a fraud, the opiate of the people, after all , but the book gave me little to enjoy or dig into The forces of the novel are broad, historical, dealing with masses of people this means that there is little to no room for individual characters here and little to be done 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 nothan a fraud, the opiate of the people, after all , but the book gave me little to enjoy or dig into The forces of the novel are broad, historical, dealing with masses of people this means that there is little to no room for individual characters here and little to be done by the few characters who do appear One leader says, in fact, in response to a crisis, the threat of warfare and annihilation, I m going to do nothing One hundred percent of nothing, and that is the secret of this crisis 191 This is a recurring theme Plus, there are no female characters to speak of One man s wife makes a brief and apparently unnecessary appearance for a page long chapter, but that s it All else is done by and to men.There are a couple of minor things I do like about the book One is Salvor Hardin s statement that violence is the last refuge of the incompetent, which I like for its endorsement of nonviolent alternatives Another is the characters habit of saying Space or Galaxy instead of God when they exclaim or curse


  2. Kevin Kelsey Kevin Kelsey says:

    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 leaves much to be desired Some sections are much better than others, particularly 1 one that I think would work much, much better as a television series.Don t even get m 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 leaves much to be desired Some sections are much better than others, particularly 1 3 There is a great story between the lines here one that I think would work much, much better as a television series.Don t even get me started about the lone female character One scene only, she has no dialogue then gets distracted by the shininess of a necklace Jesus, Asimov


  3. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    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 takes years for all the pieces to slot perfectly into place The brightest mind of the age has used his incredibly farfetched, yet incredibly brilliant, psychohistory to predict the exact date the empire will fall He has 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 takes years for all the pieces to slot perfectly into place The brightest mind of the age has used his incredibly farfetched, yet incredibly brilliant, psychohistory to predict the exact date the empire will fall He has used this field of academia to predict the future, and because of this he can alter events, long after his death, and guide his fledgling civilisation into power.The old empire will crumble in exactly 300 years, so he manipulates the ruling body to send him, and his following, to a remote planet that will eventually develop into something grand The settlers are all scientists, and they re all set on one manipulated goal Harry Seldon controls the future from the grave he knew what would happen, and he knew exactly when the people of the future should act He predicted that it would take 1000 years for the new empire to be born So he appears to them in real moments of crisis in pre recorded holograms to guide them in the right directionTo succeed, planning alone is insufficient One must improvise as wellIt s a remarkable book, so broad and innovative I m shocked reading this today imagine what it would have bene like reading it in the 50s It clearly defines so much of the genre Star Wars and Star Trek clearly drew upon Asimov s foundation Would they have existed without it The parallels are here It s a visionary book, though there are a few problems with it All the characters are scientists and politicians they are powerful and driven they are singular in their forceful purposes None of them really have the chance to develop That s not the purpose of this story The idea is to show the development of a nation, of an empire, across the centuries I found it hard to fully invest in it because of this The scenes that didn t have Harry Seldon in felt a little flat He was the glue that held it together, the rest of the characters were forgettable Thus, there is no action or real climax Structurally speaking, this is essentially five short stories put together They re decades apart, and so were the characters It shows the development of an empire, but from a great deal of distance There was no real human element or emotions involved This work is practically a work of genius, though it was impossible to fully care about the story because everything was objectified It was a major case of show rather than tell So I couldn t rate it five stars even if I was tempted to I m a realist, I know he couldn t have told the story any other way, but for me it lacked the human angleThe fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought It is dictated by a rising bureaucracy, a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of curiosity a hundred other factors It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop This was a great book, though it lacked that vital element of storytelling It was very deceiving at the start too it was quite dry I almost gave up with it, but I m glad I persisted I will be reading further into the series to see how things go, but I will most likely only go so far as the original trilogy._________________________________You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree.__________________________________


  4. Luca Ambrosino Luca Ambrosino says:

    English Foundation Italiano HARI SELDON born in the 11,988th year of the Galactic Era died 12,069 The 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 discipline founded by himself to predict the behaviours of the masses over time, he timed it all perfectly He leaves to future generations precise instructions in order to avoid several millennia of intergalactic barbaris English Foundation Italiano HARI SELDON born in the 11,988th year of the Galactic Era died 12,069 The 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 discipline founded by himself to predict the behaviours of the masses over time, he timed it all perfectly He leaves to future generations precise instructions in order to avoid several millennia of intergalactic barbarism Psychohistorians , Encyclopedists , Mayors , Traders and Merchant Princes , five categories of people which characterise five different time points, told in the novel through the vicissitudes of three generations.Well, it starts for me the science fiction and political fiction series that goes further into the future than any other book I read A distant future where the origins of humanity can t be tracked any, where you doubt about the assumption that the human race was born on one, single planet.Vote 7,5 HARI SELDON nato nell anno 11.988 dell Era Galattica, morto nel 12.069 La vita del matematico Hari Seldon, protagonista dei due prequel al Ciclo delle Fondazioni, volge al termine Ma, grazie alla psicostoria, la complicata disciplina fondata da lui stesso allo scopo di predire i comportamenti delle masse nel tempo, ha calcolato tutto Lascia in eredit alle generazioni future delle preziose indicazioni allo scopo di evitare decine di millenni di barbarie intergalattiche Psicostorici , enciclopedisti , sindaci , mercanti , e principi mercanti , cinque categorie di persone che contraddistinguono cinque momenti temporali differenti, narrati nel romanzo attraverso le vicissitudini di tre generazioni.Comincia per me il ciclo di racconti di fantascienza fantapolitica che si spinge decisamente pi in l nel futuro rispetto a qualsiasi altra cosa io abbia letto Un futuro talmente remoto da far perdere le tracce delle origini dell umanit , dove si dubita del fatto che la razza umana sia nata su di un unico pianeta.Voto 7,5


  5. Adina Adina says:

    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 t Not really It isof a socio political one It is not even a novel, but a set of stories who present a series of political, sociological, psychological and religious ideas all based on the famous Psychohistory conce 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 t Not really It isof a socio political one It is not even a novel, but a set of stories who present a series of political, sociological, psychological and religious ideas all based on the famous Psychohistory concept The ease with which a religion can be created and the power it can have over the masses scared me as it is so valid even today To use religion to control planets was a brilliant and scary idea and it felt the most interesting part of the book The premise of the Foundation is brilliant, I admit However, it would have been marvelous if the author have made me care about any of it The characters had no growth, no real personality and the prose was so dry The book is mainly a series of dialogues between different people who scheme and try to outrun each other with their cunning and intelligence in order to gain power The fact that the whole thing takes place in space feels secondary to me Please do not throw virtual tomatoes at me for what I am about to say Here it goes I believe Asimov is not a very good writer It seems he can only write in dialogue and descriptive passage longer than a paragraph gives him the chills This is a pity as it adds up to the false idea some people have that SF is not literature I read enough of the genre to know that there are well written SF novels but I don t think this one or the Prelude is one of them If the novel is not very well written, too sciency or too deep than it is fun, right Well, not really It has its moments but mostly it is filler, filler and at the end we realize how smart the main guy of the story was A funny thing that I observed is that there are only male characters except for a single chapter about a bitchy, sour wife who makes life miserable for one of the rulers of a planet I know, I know, it s the time the book was written I am not offended Still, I could not observe a phrase that went something like this On the Foundation planet forgot its name there were X people together with their wives and children So wives are not people, interesting idea I appreciate the idea of the series and it could have been a wonderful experience had it been written by someone else Like Ray Bradbury or Frank Herbert


  6. Lyn Lyn says:

    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 before Maybe it was the lack of much action that hindered my enjoyment as a teenager, but as an adult I really liked the concepts approached and the ideas put forth Great science fiction and very influential on the works 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 before Maybe it was the lack of much action that hindered my enjoyment as a teenager, but as an adult I really liked the concepts approached and the ideas put forth Great science fiction and very influential on the works that came later This is a MUST read for SF fans


  7. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    527 Foundation Foundation, 1 , Isaac AsimovThe Foundation series is a science fiction book series written by Russian early years , 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 for Best All Time Series in 1966 Asimov began adding to the series in 1981, with two sequels Foundation s Edge, Foundation and Earth, and two prequels Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foun 527 Foundation Foundation, 1 , Isaac AsimovThe Foundation series is a science fiction book series written by Russian early years , 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 for Best All Time Series in 1966 Asimov began adding to the series in 1981, with two sequels Foundation s Edge, Foundation and Earth, and two prequels Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foundation The additions made reference to events in Asimov s Robot and Empire series, indicating that they were also set in the same fictional universe 1994 1371 474 1382 474 9649521542 2019511951 1952 1953


  8. Bradley Bradley says:

    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 quite fine and memorable, it isn t these that I point to.It s the ideas.It s also how our history is writ large as SF It s the social exploration It s the re establishment of civilization, one building block at a time It 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 quite fine and memorable, it isn t these that I point to.It s the ideas.It s also how our history is writ large as SF It s the social exploration It s the re establishment of civilization, one building block at a time It s the scary devolvement of all civilization, too All dystopia and the glimmer of optimism It s a grand slide and a hard scrabble in a far future galactic civilization that might as well be us in a mirror.I ve since read Gibbon s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and I ve read about the ancient history of India s economic empire around 5 thousand years ago, mainly accomplished peacefully and with great demand, eventually leading to a grand civilization.Both of these histories played a huge part in Asimov s imagining of his empire, but it s mostly the Roman Empire s history that this book emulates, from the ousting of its malcontents, the fracturing of the provinces, the devolvement of knowledge and learning into dogma and religious pomp Asimov curtails the worse parts of the Roman empire by having the Foundation eventually focus upon economics as a last ditch stopping point before outright violence overwhelms the rest of the galaxy.It s not a perfect solution, but this is merely the first of three novels that absolutely need to be read together I m still absolutely amazed that history is retold so convincingly and grandly as an epic SF with such clear and sharp prose.Asimov has always been known as a wonderful teacher Even his most entertaining and important works, such as this, always remain a testament to his own learning and his absolute insistence on making everything perfectly understood to his audience The novel is ambitious, wide sweeping, and terrifying It s honestly mind blowing, taken together with the other two, just how much information and development and implications are poured out onto the page If this is any indication, I think we re all doomed to repeat our History Of course, with all the things we know now, I d have loved to see how Asimov would have written this today


  9. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    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 thousand space operas They would be right, but Asimov s fame towers above all others His 1952 story of the decline and fall of the Galactic Empire is space opera s foundation.Unfortunately, the analogy continues Fou 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 thousand space operas They would be right, but Asimov s fame towers above all others His 1952 story of the decline and fall of the Galactic Empire is space opera s foundation.Unfortunately, the analogy continues Foundation has all the elements of poor writing that makes stuffy literary aristocrats stick their noses up at the genre And rightfully so Flat characters, a lack of economical yet creative prose, and endless dialogue are the genre s Achilles heel, and not in a cool Ilium way This rant covers only Foundation itself Despite owning an old edition which includes the entire original trilogy, I only managed to slog through the first book Barely The first chapter with Hari Seldon and a death or exile decision was promising But the plot device that makes the story potentially interesting also pulls it apart like the gravity of a gas giant Foundation spans decades and with each shift into a new era, you re introduced to new characters You learn almost nothing about them and in some scenes the dialogue is so pervasive, violating the hallowed show don t tell rule so thouroughly, I was actually unsure where these people were One of my favorite parts of reading science fiction is being exposed to the new ideas of smart visionary authors Good scifi ends up being right, cool or both I obviously try to give anything as old as Foundationof a pass on this front but I really didn t find any of its concepts mind bending, or even mind tickling Psychohistory, as I understood it, was alright I guess Statistics Dated elements abruptly eject the reader from the ever so important suspension of disbelief For days I couldn t shake the scene where two characters shared a bunch of snuff I thought, is it reasonable that humans are still using tobacco products 12,000 years in the future And snuff Atomic energy is the big technology in the Foundation universe That s like, fascinating, and stuff Immediately after I finished Foundation, I picked up Scott Westerfeld s The Risen Empire A quote on the cover claimed In the tradition of Asimov Uh oh But wait Intellegent turns of phrase Break neck action Verisimilitude in the progression of civilizations Technology that drives the plot, is extremely inventive and is extrapolated from today s knowledge base Well thought out characters whose behaviour makes sense but is not cardboard predictable Other wicked cool oddities like undead royal families No snuff Yes, I m in the safe and familiar bio tech embrace of a trusted friend New Space Opera.Stories like Foundation are the reason why we even needed a New Space Opera in the first place Unlike the misadventure of New Coke, this was a significant improvement on the original The authors of this reinvigorated genre like Banks, Hamilton and Westerfeld with all due respect to Stephen Baxter and his physics lectures some call novels focus on quality writing, character development and social commentary Oh and scientific accuracy verging on whooooa there A few, like Dan Simmons georgeous Hyperion, are masterworks in any genre All this poison being said, I can easily watch old GI Joe and He Man cartoons and marvel at their sheer genius while a 10 year old today would brand me an idiot Nostalgia is a shiny prism through which we all view our past If I had not first read Foundation in my thirties but instead in my teens this review would like be entitled Asimov is like chewing on expensive snuff But alas I am stuck with current me This review also marks several times now that I give poor grades to scifi written prior to 1980 I m a linear person old before new, read things in order, cake before coffee, no spoilers please So I ve attempted to read Asimov, Niven, Pohl and I have to say meh I now vow brown cow to not feel guilty by skipping the basement of my favorite genre and instead enjoy the first floor, second floor, jacuzzi, balcony and pool I ll get to that basement One day When it s raining Ooo look a squirrel Being a solid fan of New Space Opera, I must give proper respect to works upon whose shoulders it stands I do so But as with many of you, I havebooks on my to read list than I can tackle in a lifetime I must prune and trim aggressively and I m afraid the rest of the Foundation series is likely to end up on the greenhouse floor Hopefully before I m dust a clever New Space Opera idea about extending human life expectancy will give metime to explore books about advanced civilizations prone to cancer of the mouth due to snuff addictions Until then, I give thanks to the Old and say bring on the New


  10. BlackOxford BlackOxford says:

    Life in the Garden of Letters Foundation is a technological society which believes it can avoid its likely demise through the application oftechnology Even its thought leaders believe their job is to preserve technological knowledge in anticipation of the impending dark ages But everything they think they know about the past and their projected future and their role in both is false The question they face is can a new purpose into which they have been manipulated by their ancestors as Life in the Garden of Letters Foundation is a technological society which believes it can avoid its likely demise through the application oftechnology Even its thought leaders believe their job is to preserve technological knowledge in anticipation of the impending dark ages But everything they think they know about the past and their projected future and their role in both is false The question they face is can a new purpose into which they have been manipulated by their ancestors as well as by current events be accepted as their own What does it mean to accept such a purpose which appears to be already determined To fake participation in an inevitable fate To promote technology as a sort of religious cult Is anyone really in charge Democracy, to which Foundation is ostensibly committed, is a fickle and unpredictable form What is approved today may be cast aside tomorrow.Asimov s understanding of science and imaginative story telling makes him a credible writer His ability to incorporate perennial questions of human import including the moral and political into this understanding makes him a great writer Dealing with our inheritance of what is usually called culture, or tradition, or simply the past is a difficult subject to think about Does it matter Can anything be done to overcome an historical trajectory Or do we have some sort of cosmic duty to conform to its demands Perhaps there is a Plan after all If not God s then one very astute scientist s And perhaps it involves keeping as many of us alive as possible to carry it out The essence of this Plan is not taking action until the only action to take becomes clear The only decision in such a strategy is the refusal to take a decision Who knows Could be The result could hardly be worse than the rationalised missteps of arrogant political leaders or the volatile preferences of the democratic mob