a little more money by having the Foundation series reprinted in book form. I offered the .. Isaac Asimov was born in the Soviet Union to his great surprise. The Foundation TrilogyTHE FOUNDATION TRILOGY ISAAC ASIMOV Contents Introduction Foundation Foundation and Empire Secon. Foundation Trilogy ( 53; serialized ). For many readers of science fiction, Isaac Asimov is the presiding genius of the genre, the old master who.
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Editorial Reviews. ronacondare.tk Review. Foundation marks the first of a series of tales set so far in the future that Earth is all but forgotten by humans who live. Description WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST ALL-TIME SERIES The Foundation series is Isaac Asimov's iconic masterpiece. The Foundation series is a science fiction book series written by American author Isaac Asimov. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.
Increasingly, the letters I received from the readers spoke of them in high praise. They received more attention than all my other books put together. That omnibus volume has been continuously featured by the Book Club for over twenty years. Matters reached a climax in The fans organizing the World Science Fiction Convention for that year to be held in Cleveland decided to award a Hugo for the best all-time series, where the series, to qualify, had to consist of at least three connected novels.
It was the first time such a category had been set up, nor has it been repeated since.
The Foundation series was nominated, and I felt that was going to have to be glory enough for me, since I was sure that Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" would win. It didn't. The Foundation series won, and the Hugo I received for it has been sitting on my bookcase in the livingroom ever since. In among all this litany of success, both in money and in fame, there was one annoying side-effect. Readers couldn't help but notice that the books of the Foundation series covered only three hundred-plus years of the thousand-year hiatus between Empires.
That meant the Foundation series "wasn't finished.
Worse yet, various editors at Doubleday over the years have pointed out that it might be wise to finish it. It was flattering, of course, but irritating as well. Years had passed, then decades.
Now I wasn't. Starting in the late s, I had been in a more and more nonfiction-writing mood. That didn't mean I was writing no fiction at all. In the s and s, in fact, I wrote two sciencefiction novels and a mystery novel, to say nothing of well over a hundred short stories — but about eighty percent of what I wrote was nonfiction. One of the most indefatigable nags in the matter of finishing the Foundation series was my good friend, the great science-fiction writer, Lester del Rey.
He was constantly telling me I ought to finish the series and was just as constantly suggesting plot devices. He even told Larry Ashmead, then my editor at Doubleday, that if I refused to write more Foundation stories, he, Lester, would be willing to take on the task.
When Ashmead mentioned this to me in , I began another Foundation novel out of sheer desperation. I called it "Lightning Rod" and managed to write fourteen pages before other tasks called me away. The fourteen pages were put away and additional years passed.
In January , Cathleen Jordan, then my editor at Doubleday, suggested I do "an important book — a Foundation novel, perhaps. In January , Doubleday apparently lost its temper. At least, Hugh O'Neill, then my editor there, said, "Betty Prashker wants to see you," and marched me into her office. She was then one of the senior editors, and a sweet and gentle person. She wasted no time.
I don't like large advances. They put me under too great an obligation. Why not?
It's all out of royalties. I said, "That's way too much money, Betty. It won't. Have the contract read that I don't get any money until I notify you in writing that I have begun the novel.
That night, Pat LoBrutto, the science-fiction editor at Doubleday called to express his pleasure. And when we say 'science-fiction novel,' we mean 'Foundation novel' and not anything else. I moaned that I was not my own master anymore and Hugh O'Neill said, cheerfully, "That's right, and from now on, we're going to call every other week and say, 'Where's the manuscript? They left me strictly alone, and never even asked for a progress report.
Nearly four months passed while I took care of a vast number of things I had to do, but about the end of May, I picked up my own copy of The Foundation Trilogy and began reading. I had to.
For one thing, I hadn't read the Trilogy in thirty years and while I remembered the general plot, I did not remember the details. Besides, before beginning a new Foundation novel I had to immerse myself in the style and atmosphere of the series.
I read it with mounting uneasiness. I kept waiting for something to happen, and nothing ever did. All three volumes, all the nearly quarter of a million words, consisted of thoughts and of conversations. No action.
No physical suspense. What was all the fuss about, then? Why did everyone want more of that stuff?
You couldn't go by me. Panic receded, and on June 10, , I dug out the fourteen pages I had written more than eight years before and reread them. They sounded good to me. I didn't remember where I had been headed back then, but I had worked out what seemed to me to be a good ending now, and, starting page 15 on that day, I proceeded to work toward the new ending. I found, to my infinite relief, that I had no trouble getting back into a "Foundation-mood," and, fresh from my rereading, I had Foundation history at my finger-tips.
There were differences, to be sure: 1 The original stories were written for a science-fiction magazine and were from 7, to 50, words long, and no more.
Consequently, each book in the trilogy had at least two stories and lacked unity. I intended to make the new book a single story. We don't mind a long book. I could take advantage of that and at least mention black holes, for instance.
I could also take advantage of electronic computers, which had not been invented until I was half through with the series.
The novel progressed steadily, and on January 17, , I began final copy. I brought the manuscript to Hugh O'Neill in batches, and the poor fellow went half-crazy since he insisted on reading it in this broken fashion. On March 25, , I brought in the last bit, and the very next day got the second half of the advance. I had kept "Lightning Rod" as my working title all the way through, but Hugh finally said, "Is there any way of putting 'Foundation' into the title, Isaac?
Well, naturally. I would rather you download and read the book. And yet there is one thing I have to confess to you. I generally manage to tie up all the loose ends into one neat little bow-knot at the end of my stories, no matter how complicated the plot might be.
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