‘Foundation’

ASIMOV, Isaac: Foundation. 1951.

‘For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. Only Hari Saldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future—a dark age […] that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds […] and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy […].’

Bantam Books' edition, 2004

Bantam Books’ edition, 2004

Having predicted the fall of the Empire, Seldon sent a selection of people to a remote planet creating the Foundation, which should be the seed of the next Empire. At specific points of history, the Foundation undergoes different crises that special people with revolutionary views of society will try to overcome.

It was about time someone like me read this book. As a matter of fact, it had been on my list for ages, way before I entered university, when I first heard about Asimov. Now I can say it was worth sticking to the list.

What surprised me the most was that the book is not a whole story by itself. I knew there were several Foundation novels, but I didn’t expect the story to be interrupted at the end of the book without any kind of grand finale. So don’t start reading if you’re not willing to read, at least, three books.

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5 thoughts on “‘Foundation’

  1. Also, in that day and age you cobbled together fix-up novels from previously published material. Which is much more of the reason there isn’t a “Grand finale.” The reason for fix-up novels was the collapse of the magazine market in 40s and 50s. Hence, to be profitable you needed to quickly churn our novels….. So you put together previously published novelettes, short stories, novellas, etc.

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