Sunday, June 3, 2012

Foundation (Foundation, #1)Foundation by Isaac Asimov

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just re-read this for about the 5th or 6th time, although this was probably the first time I've gone back to this volume in over a decade or even two.  Asimov still holds up for me, though I can't say how much of that is nostalgia.  Still, he's probably not for everyone, a little wordy at times, not much action.  Even so the whole Foundation series was a major great concept when it first came out and I still recommend it to anyone who loves science fiction, especially "classic" science fiction.  This book is a collection of 5 short stories, in chronological order, concerning the establishment of the "First Foundation" and how it survived and thrived on the outer edges of the galaxy as the original Galactic Empire began to wane and decline.  Asimov's heroes/protagonists are usually men (and sometimes women, though not in this book) of thought rather than action, but they outwit (or sometimes simply outwait) their antagonists.  I recommend it to any science fiction fan who hasn't ever read, if just to see what the fuss was about.  If you are a history fan like me as well, then that helps with the enjoyment of Asimov's "Future History."  Still 5 stars as far as I'm concerned.

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