CliffsNotes on Asimov's Foundation Trilogy and Other Works

CliffsNotes on Asimov's Foundation Trilogy and Other Works

CliffsNotes on Asimov's Foundation Trilogy and Other Works

CliffsNotes on Asimov's Foundation Trilogy and Other Works

Synopsis

The Foundation trilogy provides an anchor for most of the rest of Asimov's novels. As with the stories collected in I, Robot, the stories which make up Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation were published primarily in the 1940s and later collected. These three volumes chronicle the fall of the Galactic Empire, the establishment and growth of the First Foundation at the edges of the galaxy on Terminus, the search for the almost legendary Second Foundation, and, finally, the nature of the Second Foundation and its role (the reader, but not the members of the First Foundation, have this glimpse). The science of psychohistory is the basic innovation, and it supposedly guides the development of the historical events of these novels. Elsewhere, Asimov has demonstrated that history does indeed follow general patterns, providing an outline which can be filled in by at least three historical periods in European history.

Excerpt

(“The Foundation Trilogy” by L. David Allen, reprinted from Science Fiction: A Reader’s Guide; Centennial Press, 1974, by permission of Centennial Press. Lincoln, Nebraska.)

One of the staples of science fiction, especially in its earlier days, has been that kind of adventure story called the “Space Opera.” The term, of course, is derived from its similarity to the “Horse Opera” dealing with stories about the West; replace the horse with a rocket ship, the six-shooter with a ray gun or some other such advanced weapon, the chaps and spurs and boots with a space suit, the moustachioed villain with a Bug-Eyed Monster (BEM for short), and the Old West with a strange planet which we have not yet reached, and the two kinds of stories will not be very different at all. Just as the sweep of the wide open . . .

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