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Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
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Dec 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi-fantasy-stuff
Read from December 17 to 25, 2011

At times this seemed more like a giant thought experiment than a fictional trilogy. Asimov's idea of a galaxy wide civilization that revolves around large social and economic pressures which are manipulated by an organization of social and physical scientists seems sort of like an academic wet dream. Yet in focusing on the workings of the Foundation's convoluted, (though always conveniently explained at the last minute) realpolitiking, he also shows that science fiction can do more than just be a boyish dream of pulp adventure. A universe governed by political maneuvering on the micro and macro scale feels far truer than one where everything is just empty laser blasts and space battles. Asimov's writing is clear and direct, and though the plots are mechanistic (by nessecity) and entirely predictable, at least his prose manages to be occasionally witty. If you're at all interested in things like predictive sociology, game theory, or just good old fashioned political maneuvering, you'll find something to enjoy here.
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