Foundation, Book 2

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Bantam Books, 1991 - Fiction - 296 pages
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For twelve thousand 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 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 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.

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His character development is minimal. - LibraryThing
It kinda spoiled the "plot twists" and the crises. - LibraryThing
And the writing style exacerbates this impression. - LibraryThing
That said, the writing is choppy and half apologetic. - LibraryThing
I definitely did not see it's plot coming. - LibraryThing
Asimov's strength is in his ideas, not his writing. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - TommyElf - LibraryThing

I had heard a lot about the Foundation series and picked it up on a whim. This first book started out quite interesting. The premise that an all-encompassing library of knowledge would be the saving ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anton - Goodreads

Foundation is a tough novel to rate because it's so convoluted. From what I've heard, you must read all of the books in order to get the complete story. Characters in this book last three or four ... Read full review

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About the author (1991)

Isaac Asimov began his Foundation Series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned pver 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decasdes. He died, at age of seventy-two, in April 1992.

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