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The Foundation Trilogy Hardcover – November 25, 2011
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New. See scans and description. New York: Bantam Spectra (Del Rey / Random House), 2011. The decorative edition by Bantam Spectra of Isaac Asimov's classic science fiction opus, The Foundation Trilogy. ISBN 9780307292063. Stout, gorgeous octavo, deep purple bonded leather boards with light-blue tech designs, Michael Whelan pastedown cover illustration plate, All Edges Gilt, silk page-marker ribbon, endpapers are color illustration from a NASA photograph, 747 pp. + 1 pp. About the Author. New, pristine and flawless. See all scans. Removed from publisher's shrink-wrap for description and scanning only. Beautiful eye-candy on the shelf or the cocktail table - if you haven't read this trilogy, get the paperback for actual reading. Ships in a new, sturdy, protective box, of course - not a bag. L200
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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.
As to the content, Asimov, a polymath, was a Biblical scholar as well as a popularizer of science and writes here as clearly and understandably as ever! He shows how Genesis embodies the then-current understanding of the universe and shows where that agrees with and differs from our now-current (that is, 1981) understanding. I found the comparisons to be quite interesting. His explanations of confusing passages give plausible reasons for how they came to be the way they are. He also explains the significance of the lengthy genealogy that I found boring when I first read it.
His major between-the-lines point, I believe, is that the Bible was compiled from earlier sources by intelligent, educated men of their times - but was not inspired by God.
The book jacket summarizes this 66-year-old book well. It stands up well to the passage of time. The twists and surprises take the story in unexpected and interesting directions. Asimov does not waste much space developing characters. In fact, it seems to me the characters in 'Foundation' take a distinct back seat to the story direction and underlying themes. If you like action-packed Sci-Fi, this book may not be your cup of tea. But if you like big human ideas,themes, or morals; you might want to read this one.
Let the buyer and listener beware! If you buy this CD thinking that it is an MP3 CD that contains all the episodes of Isaac Asimov's classic science fiction series, do not open it and return it immediately for a full refund. This CD only contains episode eight of the BBC audio adaptation which centers around the primary event of "Second Foundation."
It is a faithful adaptation of the hunt for the Second Foundation, yet I wanted the complete series, not one episode, so I do feel a bit cheated.
Highly Recommended for the episode! FIVE STARS
Not Recommended for the false advertising! - ZERO STARS
Average Recommendation - 2.5 Stars