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Foundation 2

by Isaac Asimov
Publication Date: 17/02/1988
2/5 Rating 2 Reviews
The first volume in Issac Asimov's world-famous saga, winner of the Hugo Award for Best All-Time Novel Series.
Science fiction
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HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov, world maestro of science fiction, was born in Russia near Smolensk in 1920 and was brought to the United States by his parents three years later. He grew up in Brooklyn where he went to grammar school and at the age of eight he gained his citizen papers. A remarkable memory helped him finish high school before he was sixteen. He then went on to Columbia University and resolved to become a chemist rather than follow the medical career his father had in mind for him.

He graduated in chemistry and after a short spell in the Army he gained his doctorate in 1949 and qualified as an instructor in biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine where he became Associate Professor in 1955, doing research in nucleic acid. Increasingly, however, the pressures of chemical research conflicted with his aspirations in the literary field, and in 1958 he retired to full-time authorship while retaining his connection with the University. Asimov's fantastic career as a science fiction writer began in 1939 with the appearance of a short story, `Marooned Off Vesta', in Amazing Stories.

Thereafter he became a regular contributor to the leading SF magazines of the day including Astounding, Astonishing Stories, Super Science Stories and Galaxy. He won the Hugo Award four times and the Nebula Award once. With nearly five hundred books to his credit and several hundred articles, Asimov's output was prolific by any standards.

Apart from his many world-famous science fiction works, Asimov also wrote highly successful detective mystery stories, a four-volume History of North America, a two-volume Guide to the Bible, a biographical dictionary, encyclopaedias, textbooks and an impressive list of books on many aspects of science, as well as two volumes of autobiography. Isaac Asimov died in 1992 at the age of 72.

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  • Foundation trilogy

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    Once you allow for the Temporary Suspension of Disbelief, the Foundation trilogy and its prequels and sequels is at the heart of Sci-fi through the last 40 years of the 20th century. Asimov writes with a fluidity that makes reading his stories even easier than he found it to write them, and his ability to think about and explain a given idea, and its social, political and humanitarian aspects almost as clearly. His Robots are legendary, but Foundation has a bit more depth.

    Make the break with simple logic, and enjoy the ride, over & over!

  • One of the best books of all time, in any genre!

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    Absolutely brilliant.

    I don't consider myself a science-fiction fan. I read comic books, yes, and I do kind of like a handful of individual sci-fi tales, but I like a few random examples of EVERY book genre.

    I loathe "fantasy", and "science-fiction" is only one rung above that - it is just not good.

    But this... this was epic. Utterly, utterly amazing. Aside from a handful of typos and one relatively substantial issue I take with the plot (i.e., that the entire population of a planet, even horribly disgruntled members of that population, can keep a MASSIVE secret from the rest of the known universe for a few centuries) I can't think of anything negative to say; the plot, the story, the dialogue, the language, the legitimacy of the science used... all of it was exemplary.

    I am now definitely an Asimov fan, and if there's more science-fiction like this, I may be a -sci-fi- fan, too!