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The Foundation Trilogy

(Foundation (Publication Order) #1-3)

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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
Paperback, 679 pages
Published January 1st 1974 (first published 1953)
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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)
Phillip Lozano It does not improve in subsequent books, and in many ways gets worse. Asimov failed utterly to evolve as a writer or human being from the 1950s to the…moreIt does not improve in subsequent books, and in many ways gets worse. Asimov failed utterly to evolve as a writer or human being from the 1950s to the 1980s.(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 fi
Jul 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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 situat
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modernclassic, scifi
In the last days of a future human Galactic Empire spanning countless galaxies, mathematician Hari Seldon develops psychohistory theory using research analysis and statistics of significant numbers of humans across the Empire; it can be used to predict the future of large populations. He foretells the imminent fall of the Galactic Empire, a 30,000 year dark age and a second empire rising. Seldom devises a plan of action, creating the Foundations to limit the length of the dark age and preserve c ...more
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--Foundation and Empire

--Second Foundation
Wee Lassie
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent trilogy, with a lot of surprising twist and turn. I swear the final twist took me so much by surprise, that I actually laughed out loud.
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
David (דוד)
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
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Mind games at their finest! In The Foundation Trilogy, comprised of Foundation (Book 1), Foundation and Empire (Book 2), and Second Foundation (Book 3), you’ll quickly find yourself in front of an author whose grasp on science-fiction is beyond belief. Far more idea-driven than character-driven, Isaac Asimov crafts the rise and fall of civilization in an intricate and astonishing prose. Tackling subjects ranging from religion to politics, this s
Andy Wenman
Jun 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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My problem with science fiction is the freedom of the authors to use words referring to physical phenomena to describe a certain technology. For those who do not know, I have a degree and a PhD in physics, and the nerd in me can not avoid to think about how that technology would work, so I usually spend a lot of time frustrating myself because I can not find the meaning. Something like that happened to me with Hyperion, by Dan Simmons.
However, although Asimov left
Jun 05, 2007 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy ranks up there, IMHO, with Frank Herbert's Dune in terms of being a pillar of the sci-fi community. Strangely I had read this series when I was young and then encountered it again in later. The concepts behind Hari Seldon's mathematical interpretation of groups of people acting in predictable patterns to be intriguing. In time, that concept grew on me and actually had a practical application in my Intelligence work and then, post-military, during my PhD work. Th ...more
George Jankovic
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 28, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers interested in conceptual sci-fi classics
Recommended to jade by: Koen
a true science-fiction classic from the 40s, the foundation trilogy is a testament to what an author can do with a great concept and short, staccato bursts that show how an intergalactic society falls, develops, and eventually rises once more.

at its best when it employs short, slice-of-life chapters and cutting dialogue, while presenting both the characters and the reader with fun sociological / political puzzles to solve. conceptually strong.

at its worst when it spends too much time with flat c
Mar 11, 2009 rated it liked it
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 20, 2007 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
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
3½ 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).
Nov 08, 2007 added it
I don't understand how someone can write something like this, so epic in scope, so much imagination, it's staggering to me. ...more
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 17, 2015 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.
Gerrit Gmel
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a book! I’m not sure why I didn’t come across Asimov before, but I’m glad I finally read it. The concept is fabulous and writing still holds up well. It’s fast-paced and easy to read, with lots of things to think about.
I’m a huge fan of the concept of psychohistory, and think that to a large extent it probably is possible to predict large scale social events.

My only beef with this book is the lack of character development, but then again that’s kind of the point, the book spans
Sep 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better meditation on Predestination and Free-Will than the Apostle Paul and John Calvin's Heavenly Suppers. Or so, I'd imagine.

The influences upon modern sci-fi, and fantasy for that matter, are numerous. And it's indebted to an even longer list of its predecessors.

Word is Apple TV is adapting this work. Tough for them.
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Mark Cooper
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: collection, favorites
Never will I read a story that makes me prouder to be apart of a species holding a man who can take so much care into creating something for no reason other than pleasure.
Erik Graff
Apr 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young boys
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I started the trilogy with "Mule" in a cheap paperback edition read, at least in part, while on a Junior High School fieldtrip to a Chicago's Field Museum. This naturally caused me to look up the entire trilogy in which that novella was incorporated.

As Asimov admitted in an essay, 'Foundation' is substantially inspired, as many other space operas of the fifties were, by Gibbon's 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'. As such, it may be the foremost example of this subgenre of science fiction.

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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 one of the most prolific writers 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 o

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