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Foundation

(Foundation (Publication Order) #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  340,197 Ratings  ·  7,470 Reviews
For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future -- to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire -- both scientis ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Bantam (first published 1951)
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Tony Stop thinking of it as a modern day book. There is very little character development, which so many people swear by. Don't try to connect to any of…moreStop thinking of it as a modern day book. There is very little character development, which so many people swear by. Don't try to connect to any of his characters. They aren't meant to be connected with. Try reading it as if you were listening to your grandfather tell you a tale. Isaac Asimov's ability to tell an extremely compelling story without the use of dynamic characters is quite literally mind blowing.(less)
Ann Litz I recommend reading the original trilogy, then the preludes. I found
this order very satisfying:

Foundation
Foundation and Empire
Second Foundation
Prelude…more
I recommend reading the original trilogy, then the preludes. I found
this order very satisfying:

Foundation
Foundation and Empire
Second Foundation
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)

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Christy
Honestly, I don't get why this book/series is so popular. There are some interesting elements to it (for instance, the use of religion as a tool of mass control and the implicit resultant argument that religion is no more than a fraud, "the opiate of the people," after all), but the book gave me little to enjoy or dig into. The forces of the novel are broad, historical, dealing with masses of people; this means that there is little to no room for individual characters here and little to be done ...more
Kevin Kelsey
A great story, told in a terribly boring fashion. One-dimensional characters engaged in various trade negotiations, political upheavals and general planning. Dry beyond belief. The concepts are very engaging--religion as a means of control, psychohistory, etc--but the telling of the story leaves much to be desired. Some sections are much better than others, particularly 1 & 3. There is a really good story between the lines here; one that I think would work much, much better as a television s ...more
Bookdragon Sean
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 4-star-reads
This is the most ambitious thing I’ve ever read.

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
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Luca Ambrosino
English (Foundation)/ Italiano

«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 barbaris

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Adina
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sf, 1001
2.5* rounded up to 3 for the idea.

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 conce
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Lyn
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this again after about a thirty year hiatus. I remember as a high schooler liking it, and I read and liked some of the sequels, but not entirely getting the full ideas presented.

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
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Jonathan
Dec 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Foundation. The name is apt.

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. Fou
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Bradley
From my first reading of this Foundation Trilogy when I was fourteen to my latest reading today, I still put these in my top ten books of all time. No question.

Why?

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. It
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Ahmad Sharabiani
527. Foundation (Foundation, #1), Isaac Asimov
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 m
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Sanjay Gautam
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Absolutely Loved it! Hail Asimov! He is brilliant! His writing is enchanting and filled with awe inspiring genius. Work of sheer Ingenuity! Height of Inventiveness!


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Thomas
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Science Fiction fans
Recommended to Thomas by: Mats Henriksson
The Foundation trilogy (three first books) and the Foundation series (all seven) are often regarded as the greatest set of Science Fiction literature ever produced. The Foundation series won the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966. Isaac Asimov was among the world's best authors, an accomplished scientist, and he was also a genius with an IQ above 170, and it shows in the intelligently concocted but complex plots and narrative. There are already 331 reviews for this Science Fi ...more
Apatt
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Yes, I have read Foundation before, chances are you have too! However, for some reason I missed out on the later Foundation books from Foundation's Edge, I can barely remember who Hari Seldon is or why “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent”. So reread the series from the beginning it is then; no great hardship really, a fun time is already guaranteed, and the three volumes combined are shorter than a single book by Peter F. Hamilton.

The very first Foundation story was published in 1942
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Aldo Meza
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read
Este sí me ha gustado bastante ! Tal vez cometí el error de no leer la saga en el orden en que se publicó, ya veremos.
mark monday
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
psychohistory - "that branch of mathematics which deals with the reactions of human conglomerates to fixed social and economic stimuli" - says that the patterns and cycles of human societies can be accurately predicted.

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
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Markus
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
”Now that the Empire had lost control over the farther reaches of the Galaxy, these little splinter groups of planets became kingdoms – with comic-opera kings and nobles, and petty, meaningless wars, and a life that went on pathetically among the ruins.
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
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Ken-ichi
An amusing read, but I think I still prefer Brin and Simmons when it comes to epic space opera. Probably the most interesting thing about this book (and, I assume, the rest of the series) is the millennia-spanning time scale of its narrative, which Asimov handles by establishing Hari Seldon's statistical prophesy, and then dropping in at critical junctures to investigate how individuals contrive to fulfill that prophecy. It's kind of a fun model, always knowing the general direction of the plot ...more
Simona Bartolotta
3.5

"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
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Tom
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has a grain of interest in Sci Fi
Recommended to Tom by: Me Mums
I highly recommend Foundation to anyone who professes to have a grain of interest in Sci-Fi. The political intrigue, religious undertones, innovative sci-fi thoeories, world building, and epic scope make Foundation one of the most worthy reads of speculative fiction.

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
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Trish
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not my first work by Asimov but I was told that this trilogy, together with his robot stories (that I've read), are his finest work and some of the most important works in science fiction. I now understand why.

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.

I
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Denisse
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Science Fiction hardcore fans
Buddy Read at: Emma's Tea Party

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 little experience the best sociological study ever put in fiction. There is no problem exposed in Foundation that cannot be transposed to our reality or history. As a warning I must say the book doesn’t have any kind of character development. It doesn’t even have a main characte
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Manuel Antão
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1992
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


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 util
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Deniz Balcı
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sıradaki
Vakıf serisi uzun zamandır özellikle okumak istediğim kitaplardandı. Sonunda başlayabildim. Açıkçası beklentim çok büyüktü. O yüzden bir parça kırgınlık yaşamadım desem yanlış olur fakat diğer yandan oldukça iyi bir başlangıç sayılabileceğini de söyleyebilirim.

Kitapla ilgili uzun uzadıya girdi yapmaya gerek yok. Herkesin birkaç gün içinde okuyabileceği, aklı erenin de alt metnini çok kolay kavrayabileceği bir eser. Beni düşündüren birkaç nokta oldu: İlki yazarın seçmiş olduğu sıçramalarla ilerl
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Penny
There's a reason everyone recommends this trilogy. It really is that good. I flew through this (granted it really isn't long) and loved every second! It's essentially 5 short stories that follow one another and need to be read in order. I'm very keen to read the rest of the Foundation novels when I'm finished with my 2014 challenge.

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
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Kevin Xu
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is where Science Fiction especially Space Opera first started. Any fan of Science Fiction has to read this, this is the father of all Science Fiction. Its why its called Foundation. It is the Foundation of science fiction.
Adrian
One of my all time favourite books, I first read this many years ago and as books have been added to the original trilogy I have re-read the whole series. I feel that IA pulled the stories together well, so the Robot novels all join with the Empire novels, what a master.
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
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Steven Harbin
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of classic science fiction
I just re-read this for about the 5th or 6th time, although this was probably the first time I've gone back to this volume in over a decade or even two. Asimov still holds up for me, though I can't say how much of that is nostalgia. Still, he's probably not for everyone, a little wordy at times, not much action. Even so the whole Foundation series was a major great concept when it first came out and I still recommend it to anyone who loves science fiction, especially "classic" science fiction. T ...more
Phrynne
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a very interesting book full politics and intrigue. Actually not a lot really happens but the author provides a lot of food for thought. Some times I felt the writing was just a bit too dry and the characters a bit too bland. Overall however it is a classic piece of science fiction and I am happy I have read it.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
$1.99 Kindle sale, July 23, 2017. One of my very favorite old Golden Age SF novels. The old empire is dying, says one Hari Selden, a brilliant historian and statistician, even though hardly anyone believes him. Can he and his followers use their knowledge of history and human behavior to build a better galactic society when the current empire collapses? A quick and absorbing read that's great fun.

I cut my science fiction-lovin' teeth on this trilogy. Asimov was brilliant.

Read count: I dunno, 4 o
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Sinem A.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: başka-diyarlar
ince ince işlenmiş kurgulanmış. bilimkurgunun bu unutulmaz serisine başlamaktan mutluluk duydum
Maruf Hossain
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi lover
বইটা শুরু করার আগে আশংকায় ছিলাম 'দেরি করে ফেললাম না তো! বয়স পার করে ফেলিনি তো!' পড়তে শুরু করার পর সে আশঙকা হাওয়ায় উড়ে গেল! এ যেন সায়েনস ফিকশনের মোড়কে এক মহাকাবয!

বিশাল কযানভাস নিয়ে কাজ করেছেন আসিমভ। এতই বিশাল যে এই নাদান পাঠকের টানা ২০ দিন লেগে গেল মাতর আড়াইশ' পৃষঠার এ বই শেষ করতে। পড়তে পড়তে হাঁপ ধরে যায়, টানা বেশিকষণ পড়তে পারিনি। তাই ১০-৫ পাতা করে পড়েছি।

বইয়ের কাহিনি অনেক পরের ভবিষযতের। মানব সভযতা তখন চরম উৎকরষতায় আরোহণ করে এবার অবরোহণের পরযায়ে আছে। তবে এই অধঃপতন হচছে এত ধীর গতিতে যে কেউ বুঝতেই প
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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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Other books in the series

Foundation (Publication Order) (7 books)
  • Foundation and Empire (Foundation #2)
  • Second Foundation (Foundation #3)
  • Foundation's Edge (Foundation #4)
  • Foundation and Earth (Foundation #5)
  • Prelude to Foundation
  • Forward the Foundation (Foundation: Prequel #2)
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