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Foundation by Isaac Asimov
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Nov 07, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: New sci-fi fans who want to better appreciate the Masters
Read in October, 2008 , read count: 2

I downloaded the original Foundation trilogy nearly 30 (!) years after reading them the first time -- and (probably because I was in 7th grade at the time) not really "getting" them. I was certain my intervening maturity would reveal a more nuanced and, frankly epic read than the one I remembered from childhood.

Sadly, the first one's still a bit boring, taking place mostly as a series of deep, philosophical conversations between characters with odd names and impeccably described facial hair (and who, in my mind, all look like Asimov himself, with giant muttonchops and horn-rimmed glasses). Asimov's wit is flawless, though, and his understanding of the human condition (a quality of all the sci-fi greats) is dead on. Well worth sticking out if for no other reason than to baseline your understanding of truly great science fiction.
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