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Foundation by Isaac Asimov
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Sep 15, 2011

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So, I devoured this book despite disliking the writing. It felt kind of like when someone tells you all about a movie, and you feel like it took as long as it would to watch the movie. This book is dated as all get out. Women are only briefly mentioned (there are no major female characters at all) to elucidate technological advances that benefit them -- like atomic kitchen knives and dishwashers. Seriously? 15,000 years of human development and we're still housewives? Thanks, Asimov.
BUT the interesting part is reading what someone from a time when colonial empires weren't so far in the past, and when capitalist empire was seen as positive looking critically at empire - both economic and political - through the lens of a galactic empire
It's a little simplistic in its delivery of mainly simplistic points about human nature and history. But as a relic of the concerns of another age, this is an interesting quick read.

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