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The Foundation saga

1951

Book: The Foundation saga

Author: Isaac Asimov

Recollections...

Outstanding, inspiring, classic.arrow icon

Although an Asimov fan since my teens, it took me until the age of 21 to discover the Foundation saga in full. It was my father who suggested I give ...
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Discovered in 1978, aged 15.
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I was ten years old, and it's one of the first books that I managed to borrow from the adult library in my home town.
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In Depth

The Foundation saga

Throughout the 1960s and 70s, American writer Isaac Asimov was arguably one of the world's three most famous living science fiction writers (along with Arthur C Clarke and Robert Heinlein).

The Foundation - a series of novels and short stories that comprises over a million words - spans a panorama of galaxies over the span of millennia. At first the series charted the downfall of a monumental empire and its long transition through anarchy to a restored empire, told from the perspective of those who foresaw the collapse. Later, Asimov fleshed out this universe further with his famous Robot series - which proposed a seemingly viable set of "laws of robotics".

Paulvonscott recommends...


My Science Fiction Life contributor paulvonscott recommends his favourite stories from the site.

"I thought hard about them, but I think all of these show how science fiction affects people's lives," he says.

PaulGee31 on Day of the Triffids
It's great to be a thicky!

angelicSpaceboy on Journey into Space
Angelic's vicar rescheduled God for it...

MossyMermaid on The Stone Tape
30 years on, it claims another victim.

JennyDay on Tron
Loved how this changed a software engineer's life.

paulg1974 on Life on Mars
"I hope it's not Crime Traveller again." Exactly!

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