Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy – a riveting saga of humanity’s struggle against darkness played out on the grandest possible scale – is one of the cornerstones of modern science fiction.
It is the story of the Galactic Empire, crumbling after
twelve thousand years of rule. And it is the particular story of
psycho-historian Hari Seldon, the only man who can see the horrors the
future has in store: a dark age of ignorance, barbarism and violence
that will last for thirty thousand years. Gathering together a band of
courageous men and women, Seldon leads them to a hidden location at the
edge of the galaxy where he hopes they can preserve human knowledge and
wisdom against all who would destroy them.
Asimov went on to add numerous sequels and prequels to the trilogy, building up what has become known as the Foundation series, but it is the original three books, first published in the Forties and Fifties, which remain the most powerful, imaginative and breathtaking.