It has been said that there is Sci-fi before Asimov, and a Sci-fi after Asimov. That's true: he revolutioned the genre bringing new concepts and ideas into it. What is written today starts from the Foundation Trilogy, which is a true cornerstone of Sci-fi.
This said, the book was written in the early '50s and it shows. There are a lot of faults with it: the characters are plain, forgettable. The style is at times difficult and slow. Anachronisms are at time so funny to be anticlimatic: ten thousand years in the future mankind has forgotten what their original planet is, but they still smoke cigars and drink whiskey in all social situations. They travel across the whole galaxy in days, but they don't have access to the most basic aesthetic surgery so ugly people just stay ugly forever no matter how powerful they are. The plot is complicated and reads like a Sherlock Holmes novel - there are times you are blown by unexpected twists, but there also times when you think "WTF, this is ridiculous!" when everybody tries to unexpectedly outwit everybody else.
There are a lot of faults with this book, but still, this is one of those books that made the history of literature.
I suggest it if you love the genre, otherwise there are a lot of better authors out there, all derivates of Asimov, sure, but do you really care?
Non avevo mai letto nulla di Asimov e la trilogia della fondazione è stato un modo fantastico per iniziare. L'epopea dell'umanità tra la fine dell'impero e i primi 400 anni successivi. Bel romanzo che è nello spazio ma usa la fantascienza come background non come oggetto....Continua
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