Isaac Asimov – Foundation (Foundation #1) (audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Books on Tape

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 2.25/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Matemātiķis (un ne tikai) Hari Seldons ar ticamiem aprēķiniem izsecina, ka Galaktiskā Impērijas gals ir neizbēgams, bet tam sekos 30 tumšas(zināšanu ziņā) tūkstošgades. Tomēr, ja visas zināšanas tiktu apkopotas un paglābtas no impērijas sabrukuma izraisītas degradācijas un barbarisma, ir visai reālistiski samazināt skaitu līdz 1000 gadiem.

Seldons tiek izsūtīts uz Galaktikas nomales planētu, kur kopā ar sekotājiem viņam ļauj uzsākt apjomos milzīgo projektu.

Dažos vārdos grāmatu varētu raksturot kā cīņu par varu, kur ir savi trakie militāristi, spēlētāji no aizkulisēm un cilvēki augstos posteņos, kurus patiesībā vada un kontrolē citi; daļa tēlu samērā vienkārši un ne pārāk izstrādāti, kā arī maz sieviešu kārtas tēlu. Darbības laiks ir liels, tāpēc jāpiepūla atmiņa visus atcerēties un iegaumēt kas ir kas. Laika izstieptības dēļ atkārtojas pāris sižetiski risinājumi.

Grūti iedomāties kādiem būtu jābūt aprēķiniem, kas simtprocentīgi precīzi spētu paredzēt nākotni ar tik daudziem mainīgajiem; noteikti noderētu superdators, un tikai apsveicami, ja iztiek bez. Nevar salīdzināt teiksim ar kontinentu pārvietošanās paredzēšanu.

Toties, redzot dažu ziņu sižetisku kā ISIS iznīcina pasaules mantojumu, ir saprotama ideja par kāda visaptveroša arhīva esamību, domājot arī vispārīgi par zudušo antīku un ne tik senu informāciju un priekšmetiem.

                                                                                                                                                

Mathematician (but not only) Hari Seldon with believable calculations can predict that Galactic Empire’s end is inevitable and after that there will be 30 thousand years of barbarism like Dark Age. Although if all the knowledge in Galaxy would be preserved than that number could be reduced to just 1000 years.

Seldon is sent out to the edge of Galaxy where he and his followers are allowed to start their enormous project.

In two words this book could be described as power struggle with its crazy warlords, players from shadows and those in high positions but are actually just puppets; part of the characters are simple and plain, also few if any female characters. Timescale is quite long so to keep in mind who is who you have to strain your memory. Because the time is so stretched sometimes it gets repetitive.

It’s a bit hard to imagine what kind of calculations there should be to predict future so precisely with so many variables; didn’t hear that he used a supercomputer, and so just more reasons to congratulate. Can’t compare to predictions about continents (their movement).

But seeing videos where ISIS destroys world heritage the idea about all-round archive is understandable; also when you think about all the information and things lost from ancient and not so ancient world.

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4 thoughts on “Isaac Asimov – Foundation (Foundation #1) (audiobook)

  1. My husband first introduced me to Isaac Asimov when we first met back in the 1970s and the books had been around for a few years then. Originally they were published as magazine fiction and although they were edited for the book editions a certain amount of repetition is inevitable I guess. It is a long history to remember and although I enjoyed the first three books, Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation I felt that in the later books which were written towards the end of his life even Asimov was getting confused or perhaps had changed his mind about the direction of the stories. Anyway it’s nice to know that a new generation is discovering one of the great SF writers.

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