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Robots Spaceships Foundation

third-doctor writes about The Foundation saga

Isaac Asimov

1951

Book: The Foundation saga.
Author: Isaac Asimov

Encapsulated. Would you recommend this? why?

Asimov was a genius - literally. Anaturalised American (from Russia), he was a prodigy in science and scien fiction. Asimov was a fantastically prolific author (and not just of Sci-Fi). If you've never rad his stuff, you're in for a treat! Start with the Robot books - they're brilliant, and as anyone will tell you, Asimov was the one who invented the laws of robotics when the science was in its infancy. These books are the best of his output - they'll blow you away. OK, next, read his Galactic Empire stuff - dated, but still fun. Then... the Foundation books - what a trip! This is epic, totally engrossing Sci-Fi. You'll love it.

Time and Space: When and where I first encountered it

I was a schoolboy with a thirst for all things Sci-Fi (with the exception of Van Voigt, whom I found somewhat dull and dated). I first read soem of Asimov's short stories and was hooked - as you will be!

Recollection and revelations

It didn't change my life in any way, but it was engrossing Sci-Fi - and still is.

Before this...

The Illustrated Man

If you've never read Ray Bradbury, go out and buy all his early stuff (I reckon he's gone off in recent years). He has a poetic style of writing that screams of a brilliant writer. In fact, the way he uses punctauation to set pace is second only to Shakespeare!

After This

Bob Shaw

Asimov is a tough act to follow. I came across Bob Shaw by accident - an interesting cover. But what a great writer - he was very prolific and his books are (pardon the cliche) a "rollercoaster ride."

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