Foundation

Foundation

Book - 2008
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A band of psychologists, under the leadership of psychohistorian Hari Seldon, plants a colony to encourage art, science, and technology in the declining Galactic Empire and to preserve the accumulated knowledge of humankind.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Spectra Books, c2008
Edition: Bantam trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780553382570
0553382578
9781439507131
1439507139
Branch Call Number: SF ASIMOV
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 21 cm

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ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

I had never read anything by Asimov before and after just a glimpse, I feel like I can find his influence in many of the stories I enjoy. "Foundation" is a powerful and intelligent story that made me marvel at the skill and ease with which it was woven. If you're looking for a sci-fi cl... Read More »

Recommended by Robin Williams: “Oh my god, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy. It’s one of the greatest books of all time, and the greatest character is The Mule.”


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ahowarter
Sep 24, 2020

Curious on the timing of this Hold. Student needs the book in hand by Tuesday, 9/29 for school. If the hold takes longer, I will buy on Amazon to have it here Saturday. Appreciate your info!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 01, 2020

Hari Seldon perfected a branch of mathematics that can predict the future, and the future is dire. The Galactic Empire, which has held the Galaxy together is peace, will collapse in 200 years, followed by thousands of years of chaos and warfare. Seldon knows he cannot prevent the collapse, but he can shorten the dark ages. So he starts the Foundation. Great science-fiction book by the creator of science-fiction himself. The story is good, but can be a bit slow at times. The novel is sort of like a mystery, making you guess what the characters are going to do to solve problems. One thing readers might not like is how the book jumps from characters, but I think it shows how the book is about the story of the Foundation, not character themselves. All in all, loved it and will definitely read the whole series. 5 stars
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ArapahoeTina Apr 27, 2020

I had never read anything by Asimov before and after just a glimpse, I feel like I can find his influence in many of the stories I enjoy. "Foundation" is a powerful and intelligent story that made me marvel at the skill and ease with which it was woven. If you're looking for a sci-fi classic, let this be the one!

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MeherenotyouSAIT
Feb 10, 2019

Asimov's short story "Nightfall" was my first introduction to his fiction. It was the foundation trilogy, however, that firmly cemented Asimov as one of my favourite authors. He is truly one of the greats. (Module6_meherenotyouSAIT)

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Suliman
Sep 07, 2018

This is the first time in a while that I've been tearing through a book like crazy. I like it.

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scrubble4
Nov 21, 2017

Haven't read this in decades. Absolutely delightful to return to this masterful intelligence. I will re-read the rest now.

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dupree905
Mar 12, 2017

must read book for Sci Fi fans. I can't say anything else except this really sets the bar high for world building.

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InsJavert
Dec 02, 2016

I am at a loss as how to rate and comment on this book. I believe it is because, unlike many of the other books I have read as of late, Mr. Asimov makes the reader think. This is not to insinuate that his writing it too complex, the subject matter is to difficult. To the contrary, it is none of those issues. This story is quite thought provoking. It is told in an understandable manner, but it also takes you into an inner retrospective world. You read the simple, but that simple makes you think. You read about human nature, but you dwell upon why man does what he does at certain levels. What does he really believe in? Is it mostly about himself? Why does man believe he has all the answers, but fails miserably at achieving the lofty aspirations of world peace and harmony with his neighbor.

Mr. Asimov lays out a simple story, but draws you into a world of deep introspection. You find yourself contemplating the greatness as well as the dismal failures of the human race.

Do not let me portray this book as dreary or of doom. Quite the opposite. There is conflict, in turmoil, but also achievement and success. Asimov leads his readers, thoughtful, to look deeper into his own nature.

I will continue to follow the rest of the series, now that the premise and foundation of the story has been laid, and for the simple reason, I've been sucked in.

JohnK_KCMO Oct 05, 2016

Asimov's "Foundation" series is one the major cornerstones of science fiction. Big Ideas that continue to define the genre today. Being early SF, the writing isn't as stylistically accomplished as more modern works but that doesn't diminish the importance of Asimov's legacy.

JohnK_KCMO Oct 05, 2016

Asimov's "Foundation" series is one the major cornerstones of science fiction. Big Ideas that continue to define the genre today. Being early SF, the writing isn't as stylistically accomplished as more modern works but that doesn't diminish the importance of Asimov's legacy.

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