Foundation/Foundation and Empire/Second Foundation
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HARI SELDON--. . . born in the 11,988th year of the Galactic Era; died 12,069. The dates are more commonly given in terms of the current Foundational Era as -79 to the year 1 F.E. Born to middle-class parents on Helicon, Arcturus sector (where his father, in a legend of doubtful authenticity, was a tobacco grower in the hydroponic plants of the planet), he early showed amazing ability in mathematics. Anecdotes concerning his ability are innumerable, and some are contradictory. At the age of two, he is said to have . . . . . . Undoubtedly his greatest contributions were in the field of psychohistory. Seldon found the field little more than a set of vague axioms; he left it a profound statistical science. . . . . . . The best existing authority we have for the details of his life is the biography written by Gaal Dornick who, as a young man, met Seldon two years before the great mathematician's death. The story of the meeting . . .ENCYCLOPEDIA GALACTICA* 1 His name was Gaal Dornick and he was just a country boy who had never seen Trantor before. That is, not in real life. He had seen it many times on the hyper-video, and occasionally in tremendous three-dimensional newscasts covering an Imperial Coronation or the opening of a Galactic Council. Even though he had lived all his life on the world of Synnax, which circled a star at the edges of the Blue Drift, he was not cut off from civilization, you see. At that time, no place in the Galaxy was. There were nearly twenty-five million inhabited planets in the Galaxy then, and not one but owed allegiance to the Empire whose seat was on Trantor. It was the last half-century in which that could be said. To Gaal, this trip was the undoubted climax of his young, scholarly life. He had been in space before so that the trip, as a voyage and nothing more, meant little to him. To be sure, he had traveled previously only as far as Synnax's only satellite in order to get the data on the mechanics of meteor driftage which he needed for his dissertation, but space-travel was all one whether one travelled half a million miles, or as many light years. He had steeled himself just a little for the Jump through hyper-space, a phenomenon one did not experience in simple interplanetary trips. The Jump remained, and would probably remain forever, the only practical method of travelling between the stars. Travel through ordinary space could proceed at no rate more rapid than that of ordinary light (a bit of scientific knowledge that belonged among the items known since the forgotten dawn of human history), and that would have meant years of travel between even the nearest of inhabited systems.
Excerpted from Foundation by Isaac Asimov Copyright © 2004 by Isaac Asimov. Excerpted by permission of Spectra, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
A saga of enormous scope and boundless imagination, Isaac Asimov’s Hugo-winning Foundation Trilogy is one of the great masterworks of science fiction. Set 50,000 years in the future, it tells of the decline and fall of the Galactic Empire and the history of a universal ruling organization created to reduce the duration of the coming Dark Age.
Foundation introduces mathematician Hari Seldon, whose science of psychohistory can predict the future on a colossal scale. But what Hari foresees is an empire’s collapse and an age of barbarism lasting 30,000 years. Gathering the finest minds in the galaxy, he devises a Plan to preserve the collective knowledge of the human race...only to find that the Foundation itself is under seige.
In Foundation and Empire, the Foundation has attained power, but can it prevail against an ambitious young general determined to restore the Empire to its former glory, or a mutant intelligence whose mysterious power to bend minds to his will not even Hari Seldon could have predicted?
In Second Foundation, the mutant sets out to find the last threat to his power: a secretly evolved Second Foundation, whose colony of telepaths the First Foundation also wants destroyed.
Hardcover Book : 624 pages
Publisher: Bantam ( June 01, 2004 )
Item #: 11-611713
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.062inches
Product Weight: 24.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Asimov was the best. And this is classic stuff.
Reviewer: H B
This is nothing but the best among the best from this author!!! I highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Leah G
I purchased the book off of the recommendation of others (on this website). Honestly, I wish I had just checked it out at the library and saved my money. The book is OK. It is the first Isaac Asimov book I have ever read. Probably my last.
I did find the concept of the book interesting. I think my main problem is the book covers such a huge time span that it doesn't spend a lot of time on any one character. Just as you get to know a character, the story jumps ahead a couple hundred years and the story starts all over again with all new characters. There isn't a lot of character development, in my opinion. It reads almost like a collection of short stories. With that said, I can see how it became a classic in Science Fiction Literature. I am glad I read it...not so glad that I bought it.
Reviewer: Paul J
This is the book that has reverberated throughout Science Fiction's past fifty-some years. Even George Lucas owes tribute (the concept of a planet entirely covered by one huge multi-layered city.) Helped to move SF to high concept thematic territory and away from simple bang-bang, hero versus villain space opera.
Reviewer: Peter F
For anyone interested in the classics of sci-fi and good old fashioned space opera these books are a must read. Even after nearly sixty years they are as good or better than much of what comes out today. These are a must read and are highly recommended.
Reviewer: Brian S