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The Foundation Trilogy (Foundation (Chronological Order) #3-5)

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FOUNDATION begins a new chapter in the story of man's future. As the Old Empire crumbles into barbarism throughout the million worlds of the galaxy, Hari Seldon and his band of psychologists must create a new entity, the Foundation-dedicated to art, science, and technology-as the
Mass Market Paperback, 225 pages
Published February 28th 1981 by Avon Books (first published 1951)
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Sereneji Depends. If it is a theme adaption of going out to space and building human civilisations somewhere else it might work. That has been done before and…moreDepends. If it is a theme adaption of going out to space and building human civilisations somewhere else it might work. That has been done before and could prove to be an enjoyable show.
If it is a retelling of the whole foundation story, then they better not keep it short or twist it because of viewers opinions and quota. I think the Foundation story in science fiction is like Lord of the Rings for Fantasy. You can't do it justice if you don't stick with the original.(less)
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The Foundation Trilogy
By Isaac Asimov


In my life, there have been three science fiction books/series that will always hold special shelf space in my heart’s library. The first, and the subject of this review, is The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov. Yet, before I begin my history with this extraordinary story, let me briefly mention my other two great loves.

A. Dune:

The second of these pivotal SF relationships was with Dune, who I first met wh
Aug 04, 2008 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Isaac Asimov learned that the World Science Fiction Convention would be giving a special Hugo Award in 1966 for "Best All Time Series," he believed that the category had been created specifically to honor J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Indeed, for a modern reader, it's surprising to learn that Asimov's Foundation Trilogy was once so highly revered in the canon of speculative fiction that it beat Tolkien's masterpiece for the prize. Such are the fortunes of a genre built on the ...more
The Foundation trilogy is made up from a series of short stories published between 1942 and 1953. At the dawn of American dominance Asimov as a fiction writer was inspired to write about decline and fall, rather like Edward Gibbon turned his attention to the end of Rome no sooner had victory in the Seven Years War set the seal on British ascendancy, but with science-fiction as his medium.

Asimov was fond of locked door murder mysteries and this technique of creating a seemingly impossible situati
Apr 22, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Foundation (1951): Gigantic brain-warping grand science-fiction, this is as big as it gets, so big it's difficult to fully comprehend. From the first page of Chapter 1, "The Psychohistorians", which begins with a quote from the "Encyclopedia Galactica", beginning in the 11,998th year of the Galactic Era, you know that Isaac Asimov is going to be writing on the largest possible scale. Let's take a look at what type of a man would dare write on such a staggeringly gigantic scale:

This is the most
Wow, WHAT AN END to the trilogy!! :)

After going through the 'pains' of the three books, because I am not used to reading Space Operas like this, the third book ended on an extremely satisfying note.

All the three books contained some dull sections for me, not to mention several times when I was coming across what I would call Asimov's bad writing style. However, I will say that the chronicling of the events taking place within the confines of the trilogy have been in itself brilliantly structured
Davide Nole
Aug 28, 2015 Davide Nole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non dico niente che non abbia già detto su questo libro. Leggete Asimov e capirete.
Jun 05, 2007 Sedy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with mind-numbing patience.
Ok, let's begin with the fact that I tackled this trilogy when I was 12. I'm sure that, were I to pick it up once more, my appreciation would grow exponentially... HOWEVER, as wonderful as Asimov is, he writes like an engineer. He's careful and methodical, and the plot that weaves through the Foundation series is unbelievably complex. If you've got the time, and you enjoy Sci-fi, go ahead and pick up Prelude and follow Hari's awesome adventure.
Andy Wenman
Jul 25, 2012 Andy Wenman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read some short stories by Asimov in High-School and although he never measured up to the likes Rohald Dahl or Kurt Vonnegut I seem to remember actually enjoying some of them, but there's no way I can pretend that this novel was anything other than awful. This is bad science fiction in every sense of the word, overly descriptive of irrelevant details, filled soulless characters all with the same emotionless analytical voice, events that seem to have no purpose and all take place in a world tha ...more
The Foundation Trilogy is widely considered one of the most influential science fiction series ever written - it even won a Hugo award for the best all-time series back in the 60's.

And I get it. I can see why it's so influential, mostly because I've read and seen the books and movies and television shows that have been influenced by it (I'm mostly talking about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Futurama, but there are countless others). Isaac Asimov has so many fantastic, interesting idea
Carmen {Napolinlettura}
Non avevo mai letto Asimov prima d'ora.
Non avevo mai letto fantascienza prima d'ora.

Il mio battesimo di fuoco mi ha trovata impreparata storicamente al genere, eppure ha visto in me un'appassionata lettrice. Mi pento di aver nutrito tanti pregiudizi verso lo stesso, in passato, ma abbiate pietà: la filmografia fantascientifica esula dal correlato genere lettererario, fatta eccezione per qualche pellicola.

Dunque, sfatato il mito della fantascienza tutta umanoidi-e-razzi-orbitanti-ultrametallic
Feb 11, 2013 Andreas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series consists of seven books. In order of internal chronology:

* Prelude to Foundation
* Forward the Foundation
* Foundation
* Foundation and Empire
* Second Foundation
* Foundation’s Edge
* Foundation and Earth

This is truly one of SciFi’s classics. The original trilogy (starting with Foundation) is widely considered to be one of the finest SciFi series ever written. The rest of the books are of equally high quality, except (in my opinion) for Forward the Foundation, which seems more like
Mar 10, 2013 Ralph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La verdad es que es un libro bastante extenso (900 páginas de nada) y hay que empezarlo con ganas porque de lo contrario es muy posible que dejes la historia. Lo que sí os digo es que el osado lector que se atreva con el tocho de libro no desmerecerá su esfuerzo ya que, a medida que avanzas en la trama, te vas enganchando y solo deseas saber cómo acaba la historia.
En cuanto al autor, lo considero un genio, solo hay que ver lo que escribió y cómo lo escribió. Esta saga es de los años 50 y le da
Stefan Yates
I can understand why Asimov's Foundation Trilogy is one of the building blocks of the genre of Science Fiction as we know it today and I can respect the quality of the material itself. This trilogy is well-written, grand in scope, and has a very interesting concept, however I found it to be very dull for long periods of time and took me much longer than usual to plod through.

Asimov has crafted his tale around a scientist who foresees the end the current structure of civilization and devises a p
Sean Mooney
Aug 29, 2007 Sean Mooney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Star Wars, Star Trek, Sci Fi or Roman History
Shelves: sciencefiction
I have to write about this trilogy as a whole instead of each book individually because I think it is imperative to read all three in succession to truly appreciate the depth of Asimov's tale. I had not read any Asimov books when I picked up 'Foundation' but was unable to put each book down until they were finished. The only way to preserve the accumulated knowledge of a dying empire rests in the foundation of a new colony on the outskirts of the empire devoted solely to mathematics and science. ...more
3 stars. Sadly this BBC audiobook adaptation of Asimov's classic trilogy suffered from some sound quality issues (variable volume ranging from almost inaudible to too loud; annoying sound effects). It is also much abridged.

An acceptable way to recall the books but I wouldn't recommend it as a replacement for reading them (or listening to an unabridged audiobook).
George Jankovic
Nov 02, 2015 George Jankovic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What can I say except THE BEST scifi books. I've read the Foundation books several times and, each time, I felt the same way. I got my son hooked on them too. He read the whole series at the age of 11 and loved them. I recommend it to people of all ages.

P.S. I always hoped (and still do) that I will make psychohistory a reality.
Apr 11, 2012 Patrick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, re-read
Am rereading these after 30+ years. The first still has the compelling ideas of psychohistory, although less developed than I had remembered, or would have liked. To Azimov's credit, the character of the Mule was still vivid enough in my memory that the second book lost most of its tension.

What I had forgotten was just how virulently misogynist and patriarchal these books are - it is kind of embarrassing given that he came of age when women had been working in factories, serving in war, and hold
Oct 21, 2007 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great premise and a good read, but I think Asimov makes a wrong turn half-way through the Trilogy. Here's the set up: it is many thousands of years in the future, humanity has colonized the universe, and for 12,000 years, the Galactic Empire has reigned. A man called Hari Seldon, however, develops the science of psychohistory, and with it comes to predict the fall of the Empire and the coming of 30,000 years of chaos. He establishes the Foundation, a colony on the edge of the Empire, in such a ...more
Feb 17, 2008 Valerie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I was only able to get through the first book of The Foundation Trilogy: Foundation.

This novel was not for me. It's obviously a highly revered, acclaimed novel in the science fiction genre - some say the BEST in the genre - and maybe it was too lofty a goal for my first sci-fi book.

On the plus side, I thought Asimov's ideas of what the future might be like were interesting: the study and application of psychohistory (using mathematics to predict how large numbers of people w
May 14, 2014 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
An iconic sci-fi trilogy that no sci-fi fans should miss. For anybody who want to get into reading sci-fi novels this trilogy is one of the best starting points.

Below are links to my reviews of the individual volumes (I doubt this omnibus edition is still in print):

1. Foundation
2. Foundation and Empire
3. Second Foundation

Peter Mcloughlin
I can see why this book is still well known. It is a classic of science fiction. While supposedly a parody of the cold war think tank the Rand corporation it draws on many elements of western history for its portrayal of a falling galactic empire and a foundation set up by Hari Seldon to shorten the dark ages. If one is a fan of the history of ancient Rome one will find many allusions and references to its history. Although the gee whiz feeling for nuclear energy seems a little dated in the plot ...more
Apr 06, 2008 liza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
i read foundation in 1970, but i didn't even know the other books in the series existed until i was well into my teens.

by today's standards these books might seem weak for science fiction, but they are the Foundation upon which all of today's sf authors fed as youths. asimov was a great story teller.
Jul 15, 2015 Theresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yes okay fine: I'm clearly in the minority who didn't think this was hot snot on a silver platter.

I guess I like Asimov better when he's talkin about robots as opposed to 700 pages of military strategy but IN SPACE DON'T FORGET THIS IS OUTER SPAAACE. Ugh.
Nov 27, 2007 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't understand how someone can write something like this, so epic in scope, so much imagination. It's staggering to me.
Andrew Breslin
Aug 14, 2013 Andrew Breslin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asimov was a man so ahead of his time, I have to wonder whether he habitually showed up for trains and busses an hour, or maybe a few decades, early.

The Foundation stories were originally published beginning in the early 1940s, when everyone else writing science fiction was focused on gizmos and gadgets and space opera, envisioning a future full of flying cars, robots*, and ray guns (i.e.: variations on the Jetsons). Asimov, at the time little more than a brilliant, visionary child in his early
Apr 07, 2013 29alabs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No lean estos libros, en general es el clásico cliché de una profecía que tiene que ser cumplida y la mayor parte del libro se la pasan usando energía nuclear sin siquiera sufrir muertes significantes por cáncer, por si lo demás la prosa de Asimov realmente descriptiva y con increíbles personajes que todo el tiempo te mantienen la borde de suspenso pensando en sus acciones y con grandes rasgos de suma inteligencia, realmente no llena todo lo épico que puede realizarse en una galaxia.

Y Asimov se
May 12, 2015 Lulu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
*** 1/2

Prima Fondazione ****

Dimenticate la Terra: in un futuro molto, molto lontano, il terzo pianeta del sistema solare non conta più nulla. L'Impero Galattico conta 25 milioni di pianeti, e Trantor è il pianeta che ospita i funzionari incaricati di oliare, giorno per giorno, i pesanti meccanismi di questa macchina gigantesca. L'Impero è in pace, l'energia atomica sviluppata ai suoi massimi livelli, e nulla sembra poter corrodere la solidità della stirpe imperiale. Eppure, uno studioso - o megl
Loredana La Puma
Presentata in questa edizione (e da molti conosciuta) come "Trilogia" della Fondazione, quest'opera andrebbe più propriamente definita "Ciclo", perché raccoglie i nove racconti che compongono la serie, pubblicati da Asimov fra il 1942 e il 1950 e solo successivamente ripartiti nei tre volumi Prima Fondazione (conosciuto in Italia anche come Cronache della Galassia), Fondazione e Impero (che troverete anche col titolo di Il crollo della Galassia centrale) e Seconda Fondazione (o L'altra faccia de ...more
Jul 13, 2009 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to review a book that spans 500 years of human history. In the introduction to the trilogy, Asimov writes that in the 1980s before he started writing the final Foundation story, he hadn't thought of the series in so long he went back and read the books again. "I read it with mounting uneasiness," he writes. "I kept waiting for something to happen, and nothing ever did. All three volumes, all the nearly quarter of a million words, consisted of thoughts and of conversations. No action. N ...more
Apr 12, 2013 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, scifi
I read the Foundation Trilogy when I was a kid, probably in late grade school or early high school. I loved it then. I was a hard science fiction fan, and this book was a classic when I bought it. At some point, I lost or gave away my beloved copy. About five years ago, I decided I wanted to read the book again. I didn't want a digital version and I didn't want to go to the library. I wanted to own a physical copy. I also wanted the edition, or as close to it as I could find, that I originally r ...more
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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Other Books in the Series

Foundation (Chronological Order) (7 books)
  • Prelude to Foundation
  • Forward the Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #2)
  • Foundation (Foundation, #1)
  • Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2)
  • Second Foundation (Foundation, #3)
  • Foundation's Edge (Foundation, #4)
  • Foundation and Earth (Foundation, #5)

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