One of the great masterworks of science fiction, the Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building. The story of our future begins with the history of Foundation and its greatest psychohistorian: Hari Seldon.
For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future—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 scientists and scholars—and brings them to
a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.
But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. And mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and live as slaves—or take a stand for freedom and risk total destruction.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Legendary sci-fi author Isaac Asimov truly saw the future with his Hugo-winning Foundation, a book of awe-inspiring interconnected short stories. The first introduces “psychohistorian” Hari Seldon, a man who has mastered the science of predicting human events beyond his own lifetime—and his forecast doesn’t look good. To avoid the 30,000 years of dark ages he foresees when the present-day Galactic Empire inevitably falls into decay, he recruits a colony of people he calls the Foundation to write the Encyclopedia Galactica: a summary of all human knowledge that will hopefully lessen the devastating impact of those upcoming dark times. Between stories and generations, the Foundation’s gatekeepers face serious (and familiar) obstacles, from religious zealotry to capitalist treachery. Intergalactic negotiations and philosophical power struggles might not sound thrilling on the surface, but in the hands of a master storyteller, they’re electrifying.