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

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The premise of the series is that mathematician Hari Seldon spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory, a concept of mathematical sociology (analogous to mathematical physics). Using the law of mass action, it can predict the future, but only on a large scale; it is error-prone on a small scale. It works on the principle that the behavior of a ...more
Paperback, 510 pages
Published May 12th 1986 by Del Rey (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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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).
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
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
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
Oct 21, 2007 Penny rated it really liked it
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
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

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.
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
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
Oct 04, 2015 Abhishek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An evergreen tale for science-fiction fans. Written in the 1940s, the Foundation Trilogy contains Galactic-scale world building. A memorable character lineup is perhaps the most distinguishing features of this Asimov's claim to fame. The likes of Hari Seldon, Salvor Hardin, Hober Mallow, .. and many more are going to stay with you for a long time to come.

The First Galactic Empire is dying and a small group of scientist are trying to fight the ensuing period of anarchy and chaos, all the time str
Jan 13, 2016 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third time I have read these great books. Early on during this reading I realized that the stories in each chapter are so compelling that in the past I read them way to quickly because I wanted to find out what happens. This time, knowing in general what happens, I read more slowly and closely to see how Asimov created this fascinating space opera. I found that the secret was creating interesting characters then setting them on a grand stage. Also, there are no wasted words or senten ...more
Ved Mulkalwar
Jul 31, 2013 Ved Mulkalwar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read series for science fiction lovers!
The best series in science fiction I have read so far, the story never stops to amaze me.
The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.
- Isaac Asimov

The end of the trilogy, and I thoroughly enjoyed these stories about the Foundations. It is on my "read it again" list for someday. It would be fun to go back and look for all the easter eggs that Asimov left for his readers as he weaved storytelling and the discussion of metaphysics. These action-adventure/mystery stories examined the sciences, religions, life, and the possibilities or impossibilities of coexistenc
Apr 14, 2016 Susha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Asimov grows on you. Slowly, almost stealthily, and by the time you notice it, you are unable to put down that book. By the end, every character in the book is working towards unravelling the mystery behind the Second Foundation, and it feels like you can neither eat nor sleep till you too find the light at the end of the tunnel.
The first book in the series, Foundation, is a collection of disconnected stories that bear little continuity, probably because they were published as separate stories i
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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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