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.
Epic Must Read for all Sci Fi fans
I reread this after reading it by chance in college back in the 80’s. The story and concept is engaging. You see how it influenced Star Wars and other greats. Also keep in mind this was written circa 1950 and Asimov had to create a universe on his own from scratch. It’s part of one of the greatest epics ever written. This book is a great place to start the thousands of years of Galactic history he created in the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. If you start here and read the original Foundation books then I would advise going back and reading the Robot novels and short stories then Empire then the Foundation Prelude Novels. Alternatively start with the Robot “Caves of Steel”.
This was the first Asimov book I ever read. I was young at the time. As soon as I started reading it I knew I was in for a challenge. I thought, wow he actually wants me to think as I read. I give credit to this book, more than any other to help me become a good reader and to be able to understand complex concepts. Thanks Issac wherever you are. Out in space somewhere I'm sure.
What a fantastic book and series of books
I am a big fan of Asimov!!!
I started reading in my 20s and read all books that I could find. I have enjoyed them very much that I read them twice or even 3 times.
Now that I’m in my 60s, I have decided to read them again. I’m still in awe of his writing skills and I am getting more enjoyment out of the whole FOUNDATION series!!
I intend to read more from this GREAT AUTHOR!!! He is truly one of THE GREATS!!
Michael Paul Zaza