Book Review: Foundation and Empire

Foundation and Empire

Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov (New York: Everyman’s Library, 2010; originally published in 1952. 664 pp) Isaac Asimov was one of the most prolific writers and editors of modern times, with approximately five hundred books in his bibliography. He died in 1992. Sci-Fi Worlds Perhaps the most critical aspect of science fiction and fantasy genre writing centers upon the ability for an author to build a world. Readers, given their grounding in reality, need extra description the more abstract the setting. When a narrative situates itself in modern-day Los Angeles, the author can get away with leaving the setting in the periphery. But when your entire story sits in a galaxy far, far away, you better offer some vivid… Read More →

Book Discussion: Foundation

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Foundation by Isaac Asimov (New York: Everyman’s Library, 2010; originally published in 1951. 199 pp) Isaac Asimov was one of the most prolific writers and editors of modern times, with approximately five hundred books in his bibliography. He died in 1992. The Back-Story Foundation is the first novel in Asimov’s larger Foundation Trilogy.  Though the series was later expanded into a work of five novels total, but most consider the original trilogy to be the true series. Foundation was written in multiple stages as publications in Astounding Magazine, the first part of the book was written the last. Later, Asimov wrote two sequel novels and two prequels. Foundation’s story is relatively simple. A group of scientists are seeking to preserve knowledge… Read More →