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user-inactivated  ·  2428 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What are you reading now? Is it any good?

I'm about a third of the way through Foundation by Isaac Asimov. Really quite liking it so far.

flagamuffin  ·  2427 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Greatest science fiction series of all time.

b_b  ·  2427 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's a pretty strong endorsement. Might have to check it out. My father is an Asimov fanatic, but I've never read any. It makes me feel like I'm missing out on something important.

JonBanes  ·  2427 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'd say start with Foundation if you want a gigantic space epic spanning hundreds of thousands of years and light years but start with I, Robot if you want a series of short stories about his famous 3 laws of robotics. They sort of go in opposite directions, one out into space, the other into the logic or a purely logical being, both good, but very different feeling.

b_b  ·  2427 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks for the rec. Gonna put Foundation in the queue.

thefoundation  ·  2427 days ago  ·  link  ·  

ahhh yes, my favorite series of all time!

YourMatt  ·  2426 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I just finished The Caves of Steel. I read it based on a high recommendation from a coworker that said this is the book to start on with Asimov.

In the end, I thought it was a horrible book. It's been a long time since I've ready Hardy Boys, but I kept feeling that it was reminiscent of that series. I thought the story was bland. The environment wasn't interesting. The mystery wasn't complicated in any sense. I would have been OK with those things, if only the characters were interesting. If anything, I disliked the characters, but not enough so that it made me connect with them even on a negative level. The one redeeming value I gave the book was that it was short enough that I didn't feel like I lost a significant part of my life by reading it.

I probably won't go on to read any more Asimov, but I am still curious because I see comments like "Greatest science fiction of all time" when Asimov comes up.

briandmyers  ·  2426 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Asimov wrote a lot. Extremely prolific. A lot of it isn't worth your time, but Foundation is one of the high points. A lot of his work, like Heinlein's, seems dated since he wrote it so early in the technological revolution (that we're still in).

thefoundation  ·  2427 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Cheers, its the best epic story that I know of. Touches upon some great philosophical sentiments and has bits and pieces of everything I wanted in a good series

estrangement  ·  2427 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Absolutely fantastic series. I won't ruin anything for you, but just know that it keeps getting better!