Hello people! I hope you all are well! Today I am really excited because I am here with the first review for Sci-Fi Month, and I am reviewing a book that took me completely by surprise, so… let’s start!
Series: Foundation #1
Author: Isaac Asimov
Page Count: 244
For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future — to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire — both scientists and scholars — and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.
But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun — or fight them and be destroyed.
This was my first Asimov’s book, I know… Shame on me and on my cow!, and… Wow! I loved it. And I can say for sure that this won’t be the last one. I am happy, because my Italian edition is of the entire Trilogy in a single volume, so I know I have some great reading there, just waiting for me.
It is true that I left that book waiting on my shelves for a year or two but now that I have started it I am confident to say that the waiting for the next books in this series would not be so long!!
Reading this book was a constant wonder. It was like being on a trip in which you don’t know the destination. You are there for the ride and it was quite a wild ride in which you see civilizations rise and fall, machiavellian plots going around, and you don’t know what would happen next, or what is happening now, for the matter. You are left there, without a clue but eager to understand and to know more. You need to know what would happen, how they would come out of the crisis of the moment, and you are constantly kept on the edge of your seat, guessing and wondering.
And the humor. Oh my! It was Supreme. It is not heavy, but it is always there. And this whole book is diabolical. And yes, I guess that a really appropriate and descriptive word for this story is “machiavellian” because that it is. If I should use just one word to describe this complex and surprising and convoluted and wholesome (and funny, too) ensemble of words and worlds and people and theories and societies, well, “machiavellian” would be the word. But it is diabolical too. It really is. I am not saying that the author or the characters are villains, or are cruel or mean or evil, but the way in which they all (author and characters alike) carry on their master plan (that has a goal that could be labeled as “good”) it is nonetheless diabolical. And it was epic!
Another thing that made me so amazed by this book is the fact that we are deep inside the space. We are out there, between planets and systems and spaceships and complex technology. And yet the most sci-fi things off all, for me, was Asimov’s take on psychology. It is a paradox, in some ways, and it is astounding. And the pure irony of it all made me want to giggle, and laugh and party! It is pure genius! To be honest, I don’t know if the irony of it all was wanted (a bit, sure, but since this book is, literally, from another Era I don’t know how much is satire and irony, and how much, if any, is from an optimistic take on the future of human science, and humans in general). I am quite ignorant, because I don’t know a lot about Asimov, so maybe this is more on me than him, but I appreciated it so much! I think it was my favorite thing of the entire book. And trust me, there were so many amazing things to choose from!
I loved this book. It was amazing! And now I know for sure that, not only I would read more of his books, but I would read also something about him, because I need to know more!
And what about you? Do you have some books about Asimov to recommend? And have you read this book or others by him? Let me know!!!