Foundation

by Isaac Asimov

Random House Publishing Group | October 1, 1991 | Mass Market Paperbound

Foundation is rated 4.8333 out of 5 by 12.
For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, 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 fututre generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But 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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 320 pages, 6.86 × 4.18 × 0.83 in

Published: October 1, 1991

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553293354

ISBN - 13: 9780553293357

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imaginative Masterpiece Foundation is quite simply an amazing novel. It expands your mind with amazing plot twists and unexpected turns that leave you reeling. The complexity and interweaving of plots leaves you constantly guessing what is coming next. A classic in Science-Fiction literature, and the beginning of one of the best series' of all time.
Date published: 2008-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Sci-Fi Classic Wow, after reading foundation, I immediately read the next 2 books in the series and it was absolutely fabulous. I now understand why Asimov is such a legend in sci-fi. This is not your typical story where there is one hero and a bad guy. The characters change consistently but somehow you are still drawn to them. If you are a sc-fi fan then you HAVE to read this series. It sets the standard for good writing in this category.
Date published: 2008-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must for Sci-Fi fans. I finished reading Foundation, Foundation & Empire, and Second Foundation. They were really interesting. So different from the political fiction being written now (stylistically). It is really incredible that Asimov was able to write about 400 years of politics, without focusing on any single character for more than 3/4 of a book, and still hold my attention. It could have been really dry, but somehow it wasn't. I also love the idea that nothing really changes when it comes to people's behaviour en mass, from the Roman Empire 'til now. Well, maybe I don't love the idea (it's kind of crappy) but I love that lately I have been thinking exactly that, and then I pick up a book, and there the idea is again. Very timely. I am pretty sure it will hold true for as long as humans are around. The book was written decades ago, but is still relevant. A classic.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A science fiction master's defining series Truly timeless, the series is one of my all-time favourites. The last three books in the Foundation series were written 30 years later, but lose none of the original trilogy's appeal. Having read the full series, it has become clear to me that Asimov's works have substantially influenced the entire sci-fi genre. A must-read for sci-fi lovers, but equally fantastic for people new to the genre!
Date published: 2007-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from introduced me to SF This was the series that introduced and got me hooked on SF. Asimov is definitly the grandmaster.
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT NOVEL, COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN This novel is brillant. A must read. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series.
Date published: 2005-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *****An Unforgettable Classic***** Isaac Asimov's, Foundation was a book I did not intend to read. It took a lot of convincing on the part of my father to get me to read it, but it was a battle worth losing! This series in its entirety is a MUST READ! This book marvels me with its complexity and twist on human life. This series makes a mark on the time-line of great literature and a better series is yet to be found!!!!
Date published: 2002-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great start to a classic series Isaac Asimov's FOUNDATION is a true testament to the author's vivid imagination and phenomenal writing skills. Written in his youth, FOUNDATION is a collection of short stories that chronicle the fall of the First Galactic Empire and the struggles of one group, the Foundation, to prevent human civilization from devolving into utter chaos. The strength of this work lies in Asimov's compelling narration and creation of some very memorable protagonists. Unlike the high-flying warriors that are so common in current sci-fi movies, Asimov's crusaders are men of intellect. Hari Seldon and Salvor Hardin are but two of the heroes that calmly and thoughtfully combat the tide of anarchy that threatens to destroy all of humanity. For the most part, it seems that they have things *too well* in hand. While the perils are very real, they never seem to be a match for the Foundation's heroes. But then, Asimov is simply setting the table with this first book and only hints at the challenges and surprises to come. FOUNDATION is a true gem from science fiction's Golden Age and should not be missed by any fans of the genre.
Date published: 2000-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Foundation Trilogy Wow! The immagination that went into the Trilogy is beyond anything I have ever read before! The plot, although slow at times, takes the reader deeper and deeper in the Galactic world and by the end of the trilogy, all the pieces fit so well together that the story seems real. Just amazing reading.
Date published: 2000-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterful Wonderful fantasy - amazing writing - impossible to put any of the foundation books down. And to clarify a previous review mentions the foundation trilogy - there are actually 5 books in the series and you might as well order all five now.
Date published: 1999-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Foundation After just finishing reading Foundation by Isaac Asimov, I can say that it easily the best book I have ever read. It is about fantastic men that outwit their opponents at every turn when all the while seeming as if they, along with the foundation will come to their doom. The fast pace of this book (spanning roughly 150 years) fills it with action and with multiple lead characters, if you don't like the first then you can look forward to the next. Although, if you loved the first as I did, then you might get worried that the second isn't going to be as good. He is. Be ready to enjoy a great book!
Date published: 1999-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from innovative 2001 may be the best science fiction novel of all time, but the Foundation trilogy will probably remain my favorite series of all time. A most intriguing novel, and if you don't read it, I'll no doubt have to force you to.
Date published: 1999-05-26

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Foundation

by Isaac Asimov

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 320 pages, 6.86 × 4.18 × 0.83 in

Published: October 1, 1991

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553293354

ISBN - 13: 9780553293357

About the Book

For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, 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 fututre generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.
But 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.

Read from the Book

HARI SELDON --. . . born in the 11,988th year of the Galactic Era; died 12,069. The dates are more commonly given in terms of the current Foundational Era as -79 to the year 1 F.E. Born to middle-class parents on Helicon, Arcturus sector (where his father, in a legend of doubtful authenticity, was a tobacco grower in the hydroponic plants of the planet), he early showed amazing ability in mathematics. Anecdotes concerning his ability are innumerable, and some are contradictory. At the age of two, he is said to have . . . . . . Undoubtedly his greatest contributions were in the field of psychohistory. Seldon found the field little more than a set of vague axioms; he left it a profound statistical science. . . . . . . The best existing authority we have for the details of his life is the biography written by Gaal Dornick who, as a young man, met Seldon two years before the great mathematician''s death. The story of the meeting . . . ENCYCLOPEDIA GALACTICA* 1 His name was Gaal Dornick and he was just a country boy who had never seen Trantor before. That is, not in real life. He had seen it many times on the hyper-video, and occasionally in tremendous three-dimensional newscasts covering an Imperial Coronation or the opening of a Galactic Council. Even though he had lived all his life on the world of Synnax, which circled a star at the edges of the Blue Drift, he was not cut off from civilization, you see. At that time, no place in the Galaxy was. There were nearly twenty-five mi
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From the Publisher

For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, 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 fututre generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But 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.

From the Jacket

For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, 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 fututre generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.
But 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.

About the Author

Isaac Asimov began his Foundation Series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned pver 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decasdes. He died, at age of seventy-two, in April 1992.

Bookclub Guide

Isaac Asimov’s Robot series and Foundation series comprise some of the greatest classics in their genre. They probe the questions of technology and destiny, war and politics that have captured readers’ imaginations for generations.

I, Robot, the first and most widely read book in Asimov’s Robot series, is a collection of nine stories that forever changed the world’s perception of artificial intelligence. Here are stories of sensitive robots, robots gone mad, mind-reading robots, prankster robots, and closeted robots that secretly dominate politics. Chronicling the robot’s development from primitive prototype to ultimate perfection, I, Robot blends scientific fact with science fiction in Asimov’s provocative style.

Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation tell the story of Hari Seldon, a brilliant visionary who synthesized history, psychology, and mathematical probability to shape a bold commandment for the future and steer humanity through a series of brutal eras. Following the collapse of a Galactic Empire, Hari gathered together the top scientists and scholars on a bleak planet at the very edge of the Galaxy in order to preserve the accumulated knowledge of mankind. He called his sanctuary the Foundation and designed it to withstand a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that would last for the next thirty thousand years. But not even Hari could have predicted the intense barbarism lurking in space, or the birth of an extraordinary creature whose mutant intelligence would destroy all that Hari held dear.

The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your reading of these four classics written by one of the most widely recognized fiction authors of our time.

I, Robot
Isaac Asimov
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Foundation
Isaac Asimov
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Foundation and Empire
Isaac Asimov
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Second Foundation
Isaac Asimov
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