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Foundation by Isaac Asimov
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Chris Foundation lives up to the hype, which is impressive, considering the tremendous amount and superlative nature of the hype. Concerned more with sociology and mathematics than other now-stock elements of science fiction novels (aliens, space travel, laser weapons - though those are in there, but all the "aliens" speak the same language and look alike, apparently), the work wavers between hard science and space opera without losing a beat. Asimov tells the story so well, selecting on the most crucial scenes to present, that the reader feels he has read/seen more than is actually printed in the book. The Marxist flavor of the work comes rather acutely by the final pages, but it is never so heavy handed that the reader feels like he is being proselytized. The final ironic encyclopedia entry about Hober Mallow joining the ranks of Hari Seldon and Salvor Hardin was an enjoyable end to the first part of this ever-expanding story and universe. The thought of reading at least 7 books may seem daunting, but by the time the reader is through with Foundation, the desire to continue the series will far outweigh any hesitation about the commitment involved (it's not L. Ron Hubbard or Robert Jordan).


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