For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 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 a fututre 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. Mankind's last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun or fight them and be destroyed.
Please note: The text of this book includes some passages that begin or end in mid-sentence. This is intentional by the author.
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It's extremely hard to follow this story. There are tons of jumps in time with no explanation as to why we went to whatever time it is. The characters are all forgettable. There is no firm ground for you as a reader to explore this world. Way to much happening with no common theme or character to hold it all together. Interesting concepts but not executed brilliantly.
It was hard to sort out all the various characters (almost all are male),since the narrator does not modulate his voice enough...so it made for a tough listen.
Amazing how much engrossing conflict and tension Asimov can pack into a story with virtually no physical conflict.
Recent graduate New York Institute of Photography. Love SciFi and mystery.
While there are Asimov writings I enjoy even more, this is the foundation of Foundation. a Of itself, good work, but as the trilogy, unbeaten for over 60 years!
The book is very broad and sweeping in its subject and spans a great expanse of time. It is interesting to see the ideas of creation and control played out across the rise and fall of religious power - leading to economic.
I'm quite interested to see where the second and third books of the trilogy take me.
Incredible story! my only complaint is sometimes it was hard to tell who was who bc the voice acting between characters towards the end of the novel were really similar
Maybe I am spoiled by Orson Scott Card but I experienced Foundation as outdated and at times annoying. For me, I think it was the overuse of colloquialisms, such as "by space!"
Also, the only character I even remotely connected with, Gaal Dornick, disappears after the first few chapters as time is fast forwarded to future events and characters, which I find myself not caring too much about.
Finally, the story didn't resonate with me. Maybe that means I am not a true sci-fi fan. I thought I was but this novel didn't do it for me.
Time has not been kind to this story. Dull, stilted, uninspiring... Back in the day this was epic futurism but now if is kinda silly and bland...
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