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Forward The Foundation!

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It is less descriptive than the original trilogy of books, but I found it a pretty compelling read, an once I really sat down to it, and finished the last 300 pages in just a few sessions. Meaning that there is a coup which ends in the Emperor's death and a decade of what can only be described as disaster.

Examples include Guide to Science, the three-volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery, as well as works on astronomy, mathematics, history, William Shakespeare's writing, and chemistry. libro escrito por Asimov, y publicado después de su muerte, e historia que sirve para unir con el inicio de Fundación. Eppure è un romanzo che tiene avvinti ancora, che ti fa andare avanti (anche se già ricordi qualche colpo di scena) e ti rende speranzoso di vedere l'evolversi del grande progetto di Hari Sheldon: poter prevedere a livello di statistiche e probabilità il procedere del genere umano, gli intoppi, le scarse possibilità di successo. Seldon’s mission in life is to minimize the duration of the dark age that will follow this fall, with the Foundation as the nucleus of a new empire. The series not only takes hard sic fi concepts like a intergalactic empire and space travel but overlays it with the incredible concept of psychohistory and then unravels an amazing tale of shadow governments, conspiracy, espionage, subterfuge, political brinksmanship all while exploring how different societies arrange themselves into autocracies, democracies and even communism.

For me, I like to think about how complex and interesting someone like Asimov's career was that we should still be caring about the arguments 30 years later; flawed to be sure, and sometimes very deliberately and not just a "sign of his times," but also impressive and prodigious, and that laid such important groundwork in the legitimizing of science-fiction that he simply cannot be ignored.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. After all, Hari and Asimov have a lot in common (no, that's not a coincidence) and so it was not just a good-bye to Hari but to the author as well.But that takes bending some roads in really curvy ways to get all the details to line up, including the fact that the "Empire" trilogy envisions an expanded humanity where not a robot is in sight, while the "Robot" trilogy (taking place thousands of years previously, in a day-after-tomorrow Earth) features tens of thousands of robots everywhere; and that in the "Empire" books, Earth is now supposed to be a radioactive wasteland, while no such indication is given in the "Robot" books.

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