I was rather taken aback by this review of Foundation, the first in the three Foundation and Empire novels - which are, of course, collections of short stories.
The author is clearly a young man who knows nothing about the history of Isaac Asimov or his books, and didn't bother to look them up. (Understandable pre-Wikipedia, but these days, it's so easy to do a bit of research on the background of these books...
From SciFiX: The New Voice in Science Fiction
Foundation from Isaac Asimov is a very interesting story. It
would appear that this story is broken up into several short stories,
or several not so short stories. At times the separations of stories
will catch you off guard. There are huge time gaps between the stories
that make it one of those stories that you have to pay close attention
to all the details as things go on. There’s more continuity to the
politics and history of the Foundation than there is to the people in
the story, and not in a bad way.
Foundation is based approximately 12,000 years in the
future, and the galaxy is maintained by a single power referred to as
the Galactic Empire. The story takes you through the next few hundred
years as the beginning of 1,000 years of decay of the Galactic Empire
begins to take place, even though the future would’ve held 30,000 years
of death and destruction had the Foundation not been formed to create
the Encyclopedia Galactica — an encyclopedia of all technology
for future generations to learn from — keeping it from being lost in the
destruction of the Galactic Empire.
this is very much my style of reading, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. As
a matter of fact I’ll probably go back and re-read the last two short
stories in this book of four stories several times before I move onto
another book. Many aspects of the story I now can see how they impacted
current day sci-fi. For example, the main galactic homeworld apparently
influenced greatly the Star Wars homeworld of Coruscant.
But above all in this story you will find tons, and tons, and tons of
political manipulation and trickery, all in a good way. That’s not to
speak of the science psychohistory that equates all large societies
actions to basic mathematics allowing the prediction of future events.
It provides for one of the most fascinating stories I’ve read in quite a
I look forward to the remainder of Isaac Asimov’s writing especially
including his Robot series. I would rate this book and an 8 1/2 out of