Foundation (Foundation #1) by Isaac Asimov: A Review

For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future–to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire–both scientists and scholars–and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun–or fight them and be destroyed.

My Rating: 4/5
This novel may be short, but its scope is huge. The epic proportions of the hundreds of years that pass make you flick though the pages as fast as you can. The only downside to this is the obvious lack of characterisation, however I do not believe that this hinders the impressiveness of this novel.
This is a must-read for old and new sci-fi readers alike. You could pick it up even as someone who has never read sci-fi before or you never thought you’d find it interesting.
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