The story of our future begins with the Foundation. Named the best series of all time by the Hugo Awards, the Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov unquestionably . A THOUSAND-YEAR EPIC, A GALACTIC STRUGGLE, A MONUMENTAL WORK IN THE ANNALS OF SCIENCE FICTION FOUNDATION. Editorial Reviews. Review. Foundation marks the first of a series of tales set so far #12 in Classic Science Fiction eBooks; #23 in Classic American Fiction; #77 in Hard Science Fiction (site Store). Would you like to tell us.

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Editorial Reviews. Review. Foundation marks the first of a series of tales set so far Foundation (The Foundation Series) - site edition by Isaac Asimov. Download it once and read it on your site device, PC, phones or tablets. The Foundation series is a science fiction series by Isaac Asimov. For nearly thirty years, the series was a trilogy: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second . a little more money by having the Foundation series reprinted in book form. I offered the .. Isaac Asimov was born in the Soviet Union to his great surprise.

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A member will not be able to earn Qantas Points on the following products; magazines, eBooks, gift cards and postage. Points will be allocated within 7 days of the shipment date. Product Details Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! Long after Earth was forgotten, a peaceful and unified galaxy took shape, an Empire governed from the majestic city-planet of Trantor.

The system worked, and grew, for countless generations.

Everyone believed it would work forever. Everyone except Hari Seldon.

His destructive attitude is adjusted to a benevolent one. He returns to rule over his kingdom peacefully for the rest of his life, without any further thought of conquering the Second Foundation.

The First Foundation, learning of the implications of the Second, who will be the true inheritor of Seldon's promised future Empire, greatly resents it—and seeks to find and destroy it, believing it can manage without it. After many attempts to unravel the only clue Seldon had given as to the Second Foundation's whereabouts "at the other end of the Galaxy" , the Foundation is led to believe that the Second Foundation is located on Terminus.

By developing a technology which causes great pain to telepaths, the Foundation uncover a group of 50 such, and destroys them, believing that it has thereby won. However, the Second Foundation has planned for this eventuality, and has sent 50 of its members to their deaths as martyrs in order to regain its anonymity.

At the very end it is revealed to the reader that the Second Foundation was located on the former Imperial Homeward of Trantor itself. The clue "at the other end of the Galaxy" was not a physical clue, but instead based on the social sciences, with Terminus being at the edge of the Empire, Trantor was at the center and thus as far from each other as was possible.

Foundation's Edge Main article: Foundation's Edge Believing that the Second Foundation still exists despite the common belief that it has been extinguished , Golan Trevize is sent by the current Mayor of the Foundation, Harla Branno , to uncover the group while accompanied by a scholar named Janov Pelorat.

The reason for their belief is the fact that the Seldon Plan appears to be proceeding fully on course, despite all the disruptions caused by the Mule. They attribute this fact to unknown interventions by the Second Foundation.

After sharing a few conversations with each other, Trevize comes to believe that the Second Foundation lies on a planet in which Pelorat is an expert—the mythical planet of Earth. No such planet exists in any database, yet several myths and legends all reference it, and it is Trevize's idea that the planet is deliberately being kept hidden.

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Meanwhile, Stor Gendibal, a prominent member of the Second Foundation, discovers a simple local—who lives on the same planet as the Second Foundation—has had a minor alteration made to her mind. This alteration is far more delicate than anything the Second Foundation can do and, as a result, he determines that a greater force of Mentalics is operating in the Galaxy—a force as powerful as the Mule himself.

Having shown interest in Trevize earlier as he is an individual who has spoken out against the Second Foundation frequently , Gendibal endeavors to follow Trevize, reasoning that he should be able to find out who has altered the mind of the native.

Using the few scraps of reliable information within the various myths, Trevize and Pelorat discover a planet called Gaia, which is inhabited solely by Mentalics, to such an extent that every organism and inanimate object on the planet shares a common mind.

Having followed Trevize by their own means, Branno and Gendibal both reach Gaia at the same time. Meanwhile, Trevize is made to decide between three alternatives for the future of the human race: the First Foundation's mastery of the physical world and its traditional political organization i.

After Trevize makes his decision, the intellect of Gaia adjusts Branno's mind so that she believes she has become victorious and conquered the planet but that she will also continue to leave it alone and Gendibal is sent back to the Second Foundation under the impression that the Second Foundation is victorious and should continue as normal.

Trevize remains uncertain as to why he has chosen Gaia as the correct outcome for the future. Foundation and Earth Main article: Foundation and Earth Still uncertain about his decision, Trevize continues on with the search for Earth along with Pelorat and a local of Gaia, advanced in Mentalics, known as Blissenobiarella usually referred to simply as Bliss.

Eventually Trevize finds three sets of co-ordinates which are very old. Adjusting them for time, he realises that his ship's computer does not list any planet in the vicinity of the co-ordinates.

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When he physically visits each location, he discovers an uncharted planet: Aurora , Solaria , and finally Melpomenia. After searching and facing different dilemmas on each planet, none have given him the answers he seeks. Aurora and Melpomenia are long deserted, but Solaria contains a small population which is extremely advanced in the field of Mentalics. When their lives are threatened, Bliss uses her abilities and the shared intellect of Gaia to destroy the Solarian who is about to kill them.

Discovering that this leaves behind a small child who will be put to death if left alone, Bliss makes the decision to keep the child as they quickly escape the planet.

Eventually Trevize discovers Earth, but it, again, contains no satisfactory answers for him it is also long-since deserted.

However, it dawns on Trevize that the answer may not be on Earth, but on Earth's satellite—the Moon. Upon approaching the planet, they are drawn closer and then to inside the Moon's core where they meet a robot by the name of R.

Daneel Olivaw. Olivaw explains that he has been guiding human history for thousands of years, and that this is the reason that the Seldon plan had remained on course, despite the interventions by the Mule.

Olivaw also states that he is at the end of his run-time and that, despite replacement parts and more advanced brains which contain 20, years of memories , he is going to die shortly. He explains that no robotic brain can be developed to replace his current one and that to continue assisting with the benefit of humanity—which may come under attack by beings from beyond our Galaxy—he must meld his mind with an organic intellect.

Once again, Trevize is put in the position of deciding if having Olivaw meld with the child's superior intellect would be in the best interests of the galaxy. The decision is left ambiguous though likely a 'Yes' as it is also implied that the melding of the minds may be to the child's benefit and that she may have sinister intentions about it.


The plot of the series focuses on the growth and reach of the Foundation, against a backdrop of the "decline and fall of the Galactic Empire". The focus of the books is the trends through which a civilization might progress, specifically seeking to analyze their progress, using history as a precedent. Although many science fiction novels such as Nineteen Eighty-Four or Fahrenheit do this, their focus is upon how current trends in society might come to fruition, and act as a moral allegory on the modern world.

The Foundation series, on the other hand, looks at the trends in a wider scope, dealing with societal evolution and adaptation rather than the human and cultural qualities at one point in time.

Furthermore, the concept of psychohistory, which gives the events in the story a sense of rational fatalism, leaves little room for moralization.

Hari Seldon himself hopes that his Plan will "reduce 30, years of Dark Ages and barbarism to a single millennium," a goal of exceptional moral gravity.

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Yet events within it are often treated as inevitable and necessary, rather than deviations from the greater good. But, for the most part, the book treats the purpose of Seldon's plan as unquestionable, and that slide as being necessary in it, rather than mulling over whether the slide is, on the whole, positive or negative.

The books also wrestle with the idea of individualism.

Hari Seldon's plan is often treated as an inevitable mechanism of society, a vast mindless mob mentality of quadrillions of humans across the galaxy. Many in the series struggle against it, only to fail. However, the plan itself is reliant upon the cunning of individuals such as Salvor Hardin and Hober Mallow to make wise decisions that capitalize on the trends.

The Mule, a single individual with remarkable mental powers, topples the Foundation and nearly destroys the Seldon plan with his special, unforeseen abilities. To repair the damage the Mule inflicts, the Second Foundation deploys a plan which turns upon individual reactions.

Psychohistory is based on group trends and cannot predict with sufficient accuracy the effects of extraordinary, unforeseeable individuals; and, as originally presented, the Second Foundation's purpose was to counter this flaw.

Later novels would, however, identify the Plan's uncertainties that remained at Seldon's death as the primary reason for the existence of the Second Foundation, which unlike the First had retained the capacity to research and further develop psychohistory. Asimov unsuccessfully tried to end the series with Second Foundation. However, because of the predicted thousand years until the rise of the next Empire of which only a few hundred had elapsed , the series lacked a sense of closure.

For decades, fans pressured him to write a sequel. In , Asimov gave in after a thirty-year hiatus, and wrote what was at the time a fourth volume: Foundation's Edge. This was followed shortly thereafter by Foundation and Earth. The story of this volume which takes place some years after Seldon ties up all the loose ends, but opens a brand new line of thought in the last dozen pages.In , the Gnome Press edition of Foundation was published, containing the introduction and the first four stories of the series.

Daneel Olivaw. Gigantic brain-warping grand science-fiction, this is as big as it gets, so big it's difficult to fully comprehend. Soon representatives of both the First and Second Foundations will find themselves racing toward a mysterious world called Gaia and a final, shocking destiny at the very end of the universe!

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The two of you will meet again, before the end. The Foundation series, on the other hand, looks at the trends in a wider scope, dealing with societal evolution and adaptation rather than the human and cultural qualities at one point in time. Add to Wishlist Add to Wishlist. Matters reached a climax in