by Isaac Asimov

Description: Foundation is the first novel in the Foundation Trilogy.  The novel chronicles key events in the first 150 years since the Foundation Era began.   The Foundation was originally an organization founded by the psychohistorian Hari Seldon, whose purpose was to preserve and grow scientific knowledge as the civilizations of the 12,000 year-old Galactic Empire decayed.  Psychohistory is a new field of mathematics and psychology that allows those trained in the science to predict broad social and political events into the future.


Recommended by: Matthew Schutte, Ph.D., Principal Research Analyst

"One of the best novels written in the hard science fiction genre."

Last modified: May 21, 2012