The Foundation Trilogy (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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A landmark of science fiction's "Golden Age," Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy--which comprises the novels Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation--has long been regarded a visionary masterpiece whose astonishing historical scope perfectly conveys science fiction's sense of wonder. First published as a cycle of stories in the 1940s and '50s, Asimov's iconic trilogy has endured to become, like the author himself, a legend of science fiction.

 

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Overview

A landmark of science fiction's "Golden Age," Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy--which comprises the novels Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation--has long been regarded a visionary masterpiece whose astonishing historical scope perfectly conveys science fiction's sense of wonder. First published as a cycle of stories in the 1940s and '50s, Asimov's iconic trilogy has endured to become, like the author himself, a legend of science fiction.

 

Set in the far future, Foundation envisions a Galactic Empire that has thrived for 12,000 years, but whose decline into an age of barbarism lasting some thirty millennia is imminent--if the predictions of renegade psycho-historian Hari Seldon are accurate. Hoping to shorten the interval of this impending new Dark Age, Seldon convinces the Empire's Commission of Public Safety to allow him enact a diversionary plan--one full of surprising subterfugres and intrigues intended to create and protect a Foundation on which the future Empire will be erected.

 

Foundation and Empire advances the story farther into the future, in which a technologically advanced Foundation triumphs over attacking forces of the collapsing Empire. Yet even as the Foundation emerges valiantly, in fulfillment of Hari Seldon's scheme, at the far corners of the Empire a powerful mutant, whose existence was never accounted for in Seldon's projections, emerges to overwhelm the Foundation and establish his own tyrannical version of the Empire.

 

In Second Foundation, a new Second Foundation, whose whereabouts have been kept secret from the original Foundation for safety's sake, asserts itself as the true fulfillment of Hari Seldon's plans for the Empire--and thereby pits itself against a Foundation resentful of its usurped authority.

 

This edition of The Foundation Trilogy is a distinguished new addition to Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features an elegant bonded-leather binding, distinctive gilt edging, decorative endpapers, and a colorful satin-ribbon bookmark. Collectible and durable, these volumes should be the cornerstones of every home library.

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Isaac Asimov
The godfather of science fiction, Isaac Asimov is the genreā€™s undisputed master and one of the most prolific authors of all time. From his famous Foundation trilogy to his later stories, Asimov took fiction to new, strange, and often wondrous places.

Biography

To list Isaac Asimov's honors, as to list his books, would be excessive. Let it simply be noted that Isaac Asimov was the most famous, most honored, most widely read, and most beloved science fiction author of all time. In his five decades as an author, he wrote more than four hundred books, won every award his readers and colleagues could contrive to give him, and provided pleasure and insight to millions. He died in 1992, still at work.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      January 20, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Petrovichi, Russia
    1. Date of Death:
      April 6, 1992
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    The trilogy is an awesome read. However, I found some issue with

    The trilogy is an awesome read. However, I found some issue with the content of the books. Especially the last book in the trilogy Second Foundation. There is content missing in Chapter 4 an entire conversation is missing between three characters that play a huge part in what happens in the following chapter. I originally did not know this until I went back and fourth between the hardcover book and the digital version of the book and realized that some chapter were edited. I still recommend the book as it truly is a great read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    I really love the content of this book, yet I ran into a quality

    I really love the content of this book, yet I ran into a quality issue with it. The pages are of good weight and the type is a good size. But the cover feels like vinyl. It isn't smooth, and has an odd "lumpy" look to it. On its own, it isn't too terrible, but on the shelf with my thirty other leatherbounds from Barnes&Noble it stands out when you feel or even look at it. I also ran into this with Wicked and Son of a Witch, and I ordered both books online.

    Overall, if you're getting this book, get it in stores and make sure you look at the cover (even through the plastic) to see if it is smooth. I assuming that all of them are not like mine and it would be possible to find a nice one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    Well Worth It

    Well worth the price.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    One of My Favorite Books I just started reading sci-fi this year

    One of My Favorite Books
    I just started reading sci-fi this year, at almost 50 years of age, and I think Asimov was a ground-breaking author. Iain Banks got my interest, but then I notice that Asimov developed the foundation for much of my interest. He was a doubly rare personality who understood physics/astronomy, and was emotionally/psychologically/politically/historically sensitive as well. As an example, read the short story 'The Final Question', written ca. 1950. He already had imagined a computer whose mass was stored in hyperspace to reduce its bulk. I thought that idea was clever when I read Banks' ca. 1990 culture series. As was already mentioned, these novels were written at the peak of his craft, when he had the psychological perspective (age) to make these novels more than scientific imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Great present

    i bought this for my husband; one of his favourites. My 3 teenage sons, who are not into books, were captured by the look and feel of the book itself and are now reading this and another B&N leather bound classic - very impressed.

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

    Fantastic! Wishing they would release the other half of the ser

    Fantastic! Wishing they would release the other half of the series!

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  • Posted February 28, 2013

    i love science fiction trilogys, but this series is very analyti

    i love science fiction trilogys, but this series is very analytical and dry. its theme is based on the future and the the way it unfolds, its hard to have character development when the story line crosses thousands of years and the characters die ! im a big fan of game of thrones, and kj parker ! this series just wasnt my thing !

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

    Excellent trilogy, classic Asimov. This book has earned a speci

    Excellent trilogy, classic Asimov. This book has earned a special place in the Science Fiction genre, and it is well deserved. The pages fly by and just when you think that you know where this is going, a new revelation completely changes direction. Asimov was at the peak of his writing abilities when he penned this. Great series, and this trilogy was the start of it all.

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