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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I expected so much from Foundation and was seriously disappointed. I found the first part quite promising but got bored stiff midway through the third one. It's all about wise old men meeting and deciding about the fate of their cities and empires and not much is happening. I know I should carry on reading and then move on to the other Foundation books but I was really put off by this one.
Scott Brick is a great reader.
Interesting view on interstate relations and powerplay. Gives, in a way, an insight into how colonialism works.
Excellent conversations about political manoeuvring
Not always – the chapters about the traders was especially difficult sometimes
"The book is always better"
Starts off with a man being accused of treason after predicting the end of society, a society of a quintillion people covering 25 million planets. There is supposed to be a huge galactic battle and these 2 planets writing the encyclopedia galactica are supposed to save everyone from 30,000 years of barbarism. Instead everyone sits around, smoking cigars discussing the end and how they can't change what is inevitable.
If you love period pieces with no action, no twists and tons of dialogue then this is for you. If you love sci-fi for space exploration, aliens, technology and space battles then look elsewhere.
I, Robot was amazing, Foundation was really boring, I won't be getting the other parts.
the narrator made the story difficult to follow. each character was in the exact same voice, making it confusing to follow.
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