Foundation (Foundation #1) by Isaac Asimov

Foundation (Foundation #1)

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 scientists and scholars -- and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Gal...


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TitleFoundation (Foundation #1)
ISBN9780553803716
Author
Release DateJun 1st, 2004
PublisherSpectra
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages256 pages
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Classics, Science Fiction Fantasy, Fantasy, Space Opera, Novels, Space, Speculative Fiction, Audiobook
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Reviews Foundation (Foundation #1)

  • Christy
    2007-09-29
    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...
  • Kane
    2010-12-28
    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... fo...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    2016-04-20
    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 ...
  • Sanjay Gautam
    2015-02-11
    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!........................................................
  • Brad
    2013-03-26
    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...
  • Apatt
    2014-05-03
    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...
  • Thomas
    2008-11-19
    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....
  • Markus
    2017-02-07
    ”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 Galac...
  • Ken-ichi
    2009-03-27
    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,...
  • Tom
    2008-01-15
    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 a...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    2011-09-14
    3.5"Call it idealism. Call it an identification of myself with that mystical generalization to which we refer by the term, 'humanity.'"I 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...
  • Denisse
    2014-11-11
    Buddy Read at: Emma's Tea PartyThe 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 charact...
  • Penny
    2012-06-12
    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 remarka...
  • Lyn
    2011-07-30
    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...
  • Trish
    2016-11-04
    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...
  • Kevin Xu
    2011-03-31
    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.
  • Steven Harbin
    2011-04-10
    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 scienc...
  • Phrynne
    2013-03-06
    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.
  • Eric
    2012-09-20
    It's always good to read something that helped mold a genre you love -- in the case of science fiction, that means reading Heinlein, Bradbury and Asimov. What's even better is when that classic turns out to be more interesting than anticipated. In this particular case, that seems to be in spite of itself. It tries really hard to be very boring, in a number of ways. 1) Consistently telling instead of showing, to the extreme that there were literal...
  • Ben Babcock
    2013-03-02
    I read the Foundation novels when I was younger, probably around the same time that I began getting into science fiction and fantasy in grades 7 and 8. I read a lot of Asimov, both because there was a lot of him in my suspiciously well-stocked public library and because … well, he wrote a lot of books. I read about the Foundation, psychohistory, his Three Laws of Robotics … everything and anything Asimov, if I could check it out with that bri...
  • Stephen
    2010-02-20
    6.0 stars. On my list of "All Time Favorite" novels. The epic scope of this series (e.g., a Galactic Empire spanning 25 million worlds and containing over a quadrillion people), the great characters, the fun story and the concept of psychohistory, which I think is one of the coolest concepts ever, make this an absolute must read for SF fans. It is just loads of fun. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!Winner: Hugo Award for Best All Time Series (The...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    2011-09-21
    Alongside the Robots, the Foundation must be the most endearing (and enduring) thing that Asimov has created. Being the mathematics nut that I am, I enjoyed the whole concept of being able to predict human behaviour accurately statistically, given the size of the population was big enough. The discipline of psychohistory is presented with just enough uncertainty to make it credible. A terrific read!
  • Katie
    2012-01-11
    A book that's more intriguing than good, I think. I get why it's a classic - the book is full of interesting ideas, and Asimov does a fun job in taking the large scale forces of earthly societies and transplanting them into space. It's very clear that he has a background in medieval studies, and this book could probably be subtitled "A Rather Negative View of Medieval History in Space." Psychohistory, while ridiculous, is a fun concept in the abs...
  • Brad
    2008-03-27
    an html thing!>--i could have sworn i read this a decade ago, but now i don't know. something tells me i read an excerpt in a class sometime and thought i read the book. i didn't remember a fucking thing other than Hari Seldon--c'mon ... Lucas is the most shameless thief since Shakespeare. Coruscant = Trantor. Don't even pretend it doesn't. And the Ewoks are stripped straight out of The Word for World is Forest.--psychohistory is a load of crap, ...
  • Elijah Spector
    2012-04-04
    "Somewhere in the fifty years just past is where the historians of the future will place an arbitrary line and say: 'This marks the Fall of the Galactic Empire.'"p. 80Foundation is The Book of Kells writ large. The amazing-but-made-up science of psychohistory determines that the Galactic Empire is crumbling and the impending Dark Age can only be, at best, shortened (from 30,000 years to 1,000) if all its expansive knowledge and learning are prese...
  • Ryan
    2014-12-13
    The Good:So many cool ideas, many of them extremely popular (and probably a bit worn) tropes in modern space opera. However it is almost certain that most of those tropes made their first appearances here - this was written over 70 years ago, and I haven't read anything older in the genre to know for sure. And since it spans the better part of two hundred years, it is nothing if not epic.The Bad:Having its genesis in a series of short stories fea...
  • Rick
    2007-05-30
    I first read this when I was 16, and it changed my life, giving me a whole new take on history and psychology and even math. I even tried a year as a psych major in college to see if the statistical approach was really the answer. Forty years later, I read it again, just to see what effect it would have. What I noticed was that the plot was carefully staged and not "fair" (in that the writer often kept some secret informaiton up his sleeve that t...
  • Maruf Hossain
    2016-03-25
    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 ন...
  • Alison Looney
    2008-08-22
    I enjoy reading science fiction, and even seek it out when I'm ready for a break from well-written books in which nothing really happens. As with all sci-fi, there were some great ideas in this book, psychohistory chief among them. Much like psychology predicts behavior, psychohistory predicts large, sweeping patterns through time. The book then explores influence, power, and control within the frame of psychohistory. Some interesting questions a...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2010-10-06
    527. Foundation, Isaac Asimovامپراطوری کهشکشانها (سه کتاب) - ایزاک آسیموف (شقایقFoundation (Foundation, #1), Isaac Asimovعنوان: ظهور امپراطوری کهکشانها؛ نوشته: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: محمد فیروزبخت؛ تهران، شقایق، 1371؛ در 474 ص