Has there been a film version?
No. Not yet…
Who are the important charactors?
Well, there are a bunch of important characters since the book spans almost 1,000 years. The most important throughout the whole book is:
Hari Seldon – a psychohistorian mathematician who has predicted the downfall of the 12,000 year old Galactic Empire (no, not the one from Star Wars)
What’s it about?
Hari Seldon is a rebel. He’s also a psychohistorian mathematician (someone who uses historic human action trends and psychology to predict the future). And he has predicted the fall of the 12,000 year old Galactic Empire. Obviously, the Empire resents this and arrests him. Seldon claims to have set to work 150,000 men and women putting together the Encyclopedia Galactica – a work which will contain all the scientific information gathered in the past 12,000 years – which will help those left over after the Empire’s collapse to form a new civilization in only 1,000 years instead of much longer. Seldon and his scientists are sent to live on two planets on opposite ends of the galaxy, where they continue their work. The Empire does fall and the inhabitants of Terminus, one of the encyclopedic planets, are left to fend for themselves.
Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
Because it is so amazingly detailed, scientific, and entertaining at the same time, I suppose.
Do you recommend I read this book?
Yes, if you are a science fiction fan. If not, you probably won’t enjoy it, sorry.
Why did this book make your list?
Because I heard about some people trying to get the rights to it to make a movie version. So I figured I’d read it.
Has it won any awards?
The Foundation series has won the Hugo award for Best Science Fiction Series.
Asimov was very good friends with both Kurt Vonnegut and Gene Roddenberry.
The first part of this book was interesting. The first – oh – twenty pages. Then it got shoot-yourself-in-the-head boring. But I kept plowing through and finally the last two sections were great. Hari himself is a little bit annoying. His character is so all-pervading but rarely even physically present in the book. However, the Seldon crises make the book more interesting. You know that a big crap is about to hit a big fan – but you never know how the people are supposed to react to it. Or how they will. Or if Seldon will help them or not. And if it will be a similar crap to the last crap. Ok, enough of the crap analogy.