Sunday, October 5, 2008


Foundation (Foundation 1) Foundation by Isaac Asimov

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was definitely a good read. Written in 1951, it kind of gave me a sense of where George Lucas got some of his ideas for Star Wars. There are such elements as: the Galactic Empire (and it's fall), blasters, hyperspace travel, and the traders (reminiscent of Han Solo for me). Not so much a edge-of-your seat type read as it was a compelling novel with great stories.

This is the second Asimov novel I have read and they always seem to be short story collections. While this is not designated specifically as a short story type novel, it is for all effects and purposes. The story takes place over about 600 years and different time periods are broken up into their own little books within this book, each with distinct chapter numbering. If you like Sci-Fi this is definitely one to read. Thanks Chris for the recommendation.

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Some quotes:

"...childishness comes almost as naturally to a man as to a child..."

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."

"It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety."

"To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well."

1 comment:

Christopher Maloy said...

I am glad you like it Scott. This book is kind of the father of modern day Science Fiction and I thought you would like to know how it all started.

I agree with you on jump out and get you scenes of the book, there are not many of those. Cheers brother.