this order very satisfying:
Foundation and Empire
Prelude…moreI recommend reading the original trilogy, then the preludes. I found
this order very satisfying:
Foundation and Empire
Prelude to Foundation
Forward the Foundation
Don't even bother with "Foundation's Edge" or "Foundation and Earth" unless you like saying "WTF Asimov?!?!" a lot.(less)
«HARI SELDON... born in the 11,988th year of the Galactic Era; died 12,069»
The life of the brilliant mathematician Hari Seldon, protagonist of the two prequels to Foundation series, draws to a close. However, thanks to "psychohistory", the complex discipline founded by himself to predict the behaviours of the masses over time, he timed it all perfectly. He leaves to future generations precise instructions in order to avoid several millennia of intergalactic...more
The scope of this is just hugely imaginative. The idea is to create the new, and perfect, galactic empire. The old one is dying. But new empires don’t just pop up overnight; it takes years for the right circumstances to arise; it takes years for all the pieces to slot perfectly into place. The brightest mind of the age has used his incredibly farfetched, yet incredibly brilliant, psychohistory to predict the exact date the empire will fall. He has ...more
After some time to grow up and mature, I think I can appreciate Asimov's vision better than before. Maybe it was the lack of much action that hindered my enjoyment as a teenager, but as an adult I really liked the concepts approached and the ideas put forth.
Great science fiction and very influential on the works ...more
I postponed writing the review as I was hoping that something would click in my head and I would realize just how magnificent this novel is. It did not happen, unfortunately.
First of all, I was made to believe that this is a SF book. It isn’t. Not really. It is more of a socio-political one. It is not even a novel, but a set of stories who present a series of political, sociological, psychological and religious ideas all based on the famous Psychohistory ...more
Isaac Asimov's sprawling scifi tale is the rock on which much of today's space opera is built. Truer scifi historians than me would cite the late 1920s and pulp magazines such as Amazing Stories and E. E. "Doc" Smith as the DNA donors that spawned a thousand space operas. They would be right, but Asimov's fame towers above all others. His 1952 story of the decline and fall of the Galactic Empire is space opera's... foundation.
Unfortunately, the analogy continues. ...more
So many reasons. And even though the characters and the short-story-like presentation of the different times are quite fine and memorable, it isn't these that I point to.
It's the ideas.
It's also how our history is writ large as SF.
It's the social exploration. It's the re-establishment of civilization, one building block at a time. ...more
The Foundation series is a science fiction book series written by American author Isaac Asimov. For nearly thirty years, the series was a trilogy: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. It won the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966. Asimov began adding to the series in 1981, with two sequels: Foundation's Edge, Foundation and Earth, and two prequels: Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foundation. The additions ...more
Asimov does not only have an extremely amiable writing style, he is a master in phrasing complex matter in a simple, unassuming way that immediately transports you tens of thousands of years into the future. Any concept, no matter how alien to us, becomes "normal" within only a few lines.
The very first Foundation story was published in ...more
Hari Seldon - that genius psychohistorian whose homely visage speaks to his followers hundreds of years after his death - says that the Empire must fall and that thousands of years of barbarism must follow.
The Foundation - that secretive colony of scientists established by Seldon ...more
Psychohistory itself has many real-life counterparts, I wont even start counting. Just think of everything that gives one the possibility of predicting the future. Like statistics, AI, mathematics, that clash together with knowledge about all of the history of humankind and current data. Its quite of a kind how the world is long-time managed today and Asimov saw it coming.
A big data analyst, spin doctor, etc. is in ...more
A civilization falling. Nuclear power forgotten. Science fading to mythology – until the Foundation had stepped in.”
After twelve thousand years of peace, prosperity and expansion, the Galactic Empire is crumbling. Its vain aristocracy is ignorant ...more
"Call it idealism. Call it an identification of myself with that mystical generalization to which we refer by the term, 'humanity.'"
I have read exactly fourteen novels and countless short-stories written by this genius of a man (because people, he's a genius. Don't even start looking for a more fitting word, because you won't find any. He's a genius, period) and this is only the third time I rate one of his works less than four stars. The fact that this is happening with the first installment ...more
The Dead Hand: "Foundation" by Isaac Asimov
If I remember rightly, Asimov's robots do indeed find a cunning way around the three laws - they invent a Zero-th Law which states that "no robot can injure humanity or through inaction allow humanity to come to harm" which doesn't directly contradict the First Law, so their brains will accept it, but has the interesting effect in moral philosophical terms of turning them from Kantians to ...more
The premise is that the genius, Harry Seldon, has created and perfected a new science, phychohistory, a form of advanced statistics, to the degree that he can mathematically predict and guide the future of extremely large population ...more
The Foundation trilogy is considered to be the best Science Fiction series of all time. And with reason. This first book is what we can call a huge introduction to what is in my opinion and
Well I re-read it again (2nd time GR officially, umpteenth time un-officially) and realise (yet again) what a marvellous book it is. Yes it is split as a collection of stories but Asimov is such a master story-teller it all hangs ...more
The investigation of science, religion and trade, and how they can work together and against one another is remarkably well done. It was unusual to read Asimov sans ...more
I cut my science fiction-lovin' teeth on this trilogy. Asimov was brilliant.
Read count: I dunno, 4 ...more
Winner: Hugo Award for Best All Time Series (The Foundation Trilogy) (1966)
Voted onto the Locus ...more
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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 ...more