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Foundation and Empire (The Foundation Series) Paperback – February 17, 1988
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Led by its founding father, the great psycho-historian Hari Seldon, and taking advantage of its superior science and technology, the Foundation survived the greed and barbarism of its neighboring warrior-planets. Yet now it must face the Empire--still the mightiest force in the Galaxy, even in its death throes. When an ambitious general determined to restore the Empire's glory turns the vast Imperial fleet toward the Foundation, the only hope for the small planet of scholars and scientists lies in the prophecies of Hari Seldon. But not even Hari Seldon could have predicted the birth of the extraordinary creature called the Mule-a mutant intelligence with a power greater than a dozen battle fleets. . .a power that could turn the strongest-willed human into an obedient slave. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Although small and seemingly helpless, the Foundation had managed to survive against the greed of its neighboring warlords. But could it stand against the mighty power of the Empire, who had created a mutant man with the strength of a dozen battlefleets...?
From the Paperback edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Foundation Trilogy is a wonderful piece of work, but the Kindle edition butchers it! Someone has decided to water down Asimov's prose, eliminating some of the more enjoyable passages of the book. Here are some examples, found by comparison with an old Bantam Doubleday hardcover edition.
Several pages into chapter 3, Salvor Hardin is arguing with the Encyclopedists about the decline of the Empire.
Original: "If you ask me,", he cried, "THE GALAXY IS GOING TO POT!"
Kindle: "If you ask me,", he cried, "THE GALACTIC EMPIRE IS DYING!"
In chapter 5, Hardin is again meeting with the Encyclopedists and discussing the threat received from Anacreon.
Original: The message from Anacreon ... boils down easily and straightforwardly to the unqualified statement ... "You give us what we want in a week, or we beat the hell out of you and take it anyway."
Kindle: The message from Anacreon ... boils down easily and straightforwardly to the unqualified statement ... "You give us what we want in a week, or we take it by force."
I'm going to be asking for a refund.
Perhaps this should be mandatory reading for all of our global leaders today as part of their education to become politicians. This book will make you think. It can move slowly at times and I was not crazy about the jabberwocky language spoken by one of the characters. That is why I gave it 4 stars.
If you read the Trilogy years ago and want to read it again, yes, this is the right book. If you're a science fiction fan and you haven't read the Foundation Trilogy, you really should.
But enough about the story. There are many fine reviews out there already. Besides, if you're thinking about buying it you probably already know it is a classic. You probably already know what it's all about. So what about the book itself? How's it made?
Like all the Everyman's Library books, this is a nicely done hardcover. It seems to have good quality paper, with a nice ivory color. Print clarity is good. The cover is red cloth, with a gold ribbon bookmark and a slipcover with (as you can see) a young Isaac Asimov gazing at you seriously. (You can't pull that serious look on me, Asimov. I know you're also known for collecting and publishing collections of dirty limericks.)
I think they should have made the book thicker, because the text size is a little smaller than I find ideal. But it does fit three rather lengthy books into one compact volume, which is good for conserving your bookshelf space. Nicely done.
If you want the whole Asimov "universe" in story-time sequence, you might want to read the Robot series, the Empire series, and "Prelude to Foundation" before reading this book. Some of those books are of equal stature to "Forward". I consider "Prelude", the immediate predecessor of "Forward", to be of slightly less merit (four and a half stars), though it is well worth reading. I think one could also start the series with "Forward" without being bewildered by the omission of earlier books in the grand series.
Of course, if you want the digest version of the series, the original Foundation trilogy is an amazing work in itself. The trilogy predates word processing and the demand for "tomes", so it is quite concise, and the trilogy is eminently suitable for young readers or for those who want to test the waters before diving in.
If you're a SciFi skeptic, "Forward the Foundation" or the original Foundation trilogy would be great introductions to the field. If you're already a SciFi fan, these are seminal works: entertaining and well worth your time. Enjoy!
The Kindle version of "Forward" is excellent, and reasonably priced, as well.