The Foundation Trilogy Paperback – August 30, 2010
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- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Paperback : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1607962748
- ISBN-13 : 978-1607962748
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 0.65 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Snowball Publishing (August 30, 2010)
- Language: : English
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The missing content happens on page 454, where the fifth printing cuts to the Fourth Interlude abruptly after the “you have eaten?” question. See photos for comparisons of the two editions.
After a half century, this is still a great read, although the dialog is a bit more stilted and some of the characters are more one-dimensional than I remembered. I've found that much of the science fiction that I adored as a young man has not aged well - at least, not for me - because so much of it was originally written for a pulp fiction audience. But unlike many science fiction writers, Asimov was influenced less by other producers of sf, and more by books like the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire; consequently the reader is in for a much more thought provoking ride with this book than he is with much of what passes for science fiction today.
Michael Dirda's introduction to the Everyman's Library edition explains the genesis of this story in a way that made it even more interesting. If you've never read this, be sure you do *before* you go to see Emmerich's movie.
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The book is about the decline of a great galactic empire as predicted by Harri Seldon and the science of psychohistory. To reduce the interregnum of anarchy and barbarism which will follow the fall of the empire from 30,000 years to 1,000 years Seldon arranges for two Foundations to be established at opposite sides of the galaxy. The books (although this is a combined volume, it is a trilogy) follow the development of the Foundation established on the planet Terminus at the edge of the galaxy. Ostensibly set up to preserve knowledge by producing a great encyclopaedia the real purpose of the Foundation is to form the nucleus of a new empire.
The story is a collection of short episodes, and the characters come and go through the book(s). As the Foundation grows it changes in character and the book is as much about growth pains and the evolution of nations as it is about the trials they face. The story was famously inspired by the decline and fall of the Roman Empire and the work of Gibbon, even the name of the last great Imperial General who fights the Foundation, Bel Riose is obviously derived from Belisarius (a great General of the late Roman Empire). The characters don't develop the depth of characters in most other books since most of them only appear in a single episode, but they are all interesting and engaging. Later in his life Asimov expanded the original trilogy with prequels and sequels and tied the Foundation arc into his Robot stories but for me the original trilogy remains the best.
As with many science fiction books what was once considered fantastical futurism has been over taken by technology to a degree and the many aspects do feel dated however the story carries the reader along and remains wonderfully engaging and enjoyable. The Everyman's Library edition is beautifully produced, with sharp printing on high quality paper which is superbly bound. The quality really belies the modest price and shames the majority of full price hardback books from other publishers, given that you can buy this version for less than the cost of the three books in paper back form it is a no brainer to get this version. Very highly recommended, 5*.
This is obviously a great commentary in itself, but it's not the actual books written by Asimov.
I didn't not know that, so forewarned is forearmed.
I chose this Triple-Book as it contained in sequence the 3 books about the Foundation, all of which I had read before when I was perhaps 23! Was it worth the purchase? Hell yes, but it has taken me 16 months to pick it up and read after purchase, I have the lockdown of COVID-19 to thank for that.
Quality product, smart understated cover AND integrated book mark sewn into the spine. Really useful, and done well, haven't seen that in a long time.