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Foundation refers to both the series of novels by Isaac Asimov, and the eponymous institute/world. In the series, the fall of a great galactic empire is predicted and only through Psychohistory and the Foundation can a new dark age be avoided.

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What is the outcome for Dors Venabili?

In the Isaac Asimov book Forward the Foundation I'm curious about the future of Dors Venabili:
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Regarding the ending of Asimov's the Second Foundation

At the end of the last book of the Foundation trilogy, we discover This is said to be "Star's End". Was there any previous mention of the place in a way that associated it with "Star's End"? Or was ...
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I have read Prelude To Foundation, will I miss much if i skip the Forward The Foundation?

I have read the Prelude To Foundation on my phone and I want to continue reading the Foundation Series. The problem is that I can't find a book version of Forward The Foundation, so i'll also have to ...
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Missing Robots in Asimov's Foundation Series

It's been years since I read Asimov, but I seem to remember that when he decided to merge his Robots and his Foundation and Empire universes, he explained the relative lack of robots in the Foundation ...
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Looking for short story from Asimov's Foundation universe [duplicate]

In the Foundation universe there's a short story that's about a mandatory stay on what's purported to be the ancestral home of humanity, the planet "Earth", by a prince of the imperial family. A ...
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Why did he call himself “The Mule?”

In the concluding few sentences of Foundation and Empire, the Mule says that: I call myself the Mule - but not because of my strength, obviously - They do not finish the sentence. Earlier in the ...
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Why didn't the Foundation citizens listen to Seldon's 3rd and 4th time vault speeches?

In the Foundation series, every time there is a "Seldon Crisis", Hari Seldon appears in a Time Vault and updates the citizens of the Foundation on the latest crisis. He discusses why the last crisis ...
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Parallels between Asimov's Foundation characters and real historical figures

It is widely known that one of the (main) inspirations for the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov was Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The parallels between the decline ...
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Does the Foundation from Asimov's novels have an emblem?

I'm well aware that the Galactic Empire from Isaac Asimov's has a famous emblem consisting of the "Spaceship and Sun". I was wondering if the Foundation itself1 has an equivalent emblem described or ...
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Whose idea was The Second Foundation?

I've recently finished Prelude to Foundation last week and I clearly remember that R. Daneel Olivaw said something like: "I have another plan in another planet. It is harder and more radical ...
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Why didn't Hari Seldon recognize Eto?

So, at the beginning of Prelude to Foundation, Hari meets "Chetter Hummin". He goes traipsing around Trantor with him; meeting Dors, going to the library, working for a while, going to mycogen, ...
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Web comic comparing Star Wars with Foundation

A while ago I saw a cartoon depicting one person describing a famous un-filmed scifi story to someone else. The story sounded like Star Wars but was revealed to be Asimov's 'Foundation Trilogy'. My ...
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Does Baleyworld feature in any of the Foundation Series books (perhaps under a different name)?

Does Baleyworld (from Robots and Empire) feature in any of the Foundation Series books (perhaps under a different name)?
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Why is Trantor so metropolitan with such a low population density?

The opening chapters of Asimov's Foundation characterize Trantor as being a dense, highly-populated city, to the point that it's almost exclusively indoors and extends a mile underground. But in the ...
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Why is Trantor, from Asimov's Foundation, all underground?

Is there a reason given as to why Trantor is completely underground? Seems like would be a huge waste of space for it. I know there are 40+ billion people there, but would think a planet sized city ...
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Story of Bayta Darell and The Mule in Asimov's Foundation Series

To my knowledge, I have "read" all of the Foundation books, however I "read" (heard) them in audiobook format, out of sequence, and over the course of 5 years. I am re-reading Second Foundation and am ...
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Was Arthur C. Clarke ribbing Isaac Asimov in Childhood's End?

A quote from the book: A society consists of human beings whose behavior as individuals is unpredictable. But if one takes enough of the basic units, then certain laws begin to appear – as was ...
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When did Asimov decide to unify the Foundation and Robots series?

Originally Isaac Asimov's Robots and Foundation series were separate entities, but were later unified. The first book in which I remember the connection being made clear was Foundation and Earth (1986)...
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Was the foresight from the spice in Dune series inspired by psychohistory in Foundation?

Foundation (by Isaac Asimov) was published in 1951, and primarily dealt with psychohistory, a branch of mathematics that laid down all the probable paths splitting off from a point and the percentage ...
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Why is the Second Foundation considered an enemy?

At the end of the first part of Foundation and Empire, Barr mentions the Second Foundation as a possible future enemy, but why? Until that point it has been only namedropped in the prologue and when ...
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How did the Anacreon manage space travel without nuclear power?

I just started reading. Still I wonder, the Anacreon world lost the knowledge and the skill for using nuclear power, yet they were able to travel between planets... Is it because they still were ...
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Source of Golan Trevize's intuition

I've just read Isaac Asimov's Foundation series and in his novels Asimov always explains odd character traits but I haven't found it for Golan Trevize. Why is his intuition so reliable? Did I miss ...
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Is the Deep Purple song “The Mule” inspired by the character of the same name in Asimov's Foundation series?

On the album Fireball by Deep Purple, there's a song called "The Mule", which opens with the following lines: No one sees the things you do Because I stand in front of you But you drive me all ...
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Does anyone live on the “surface” of Trantor in the year 20,000?

I am reading Prelude to Foundation which occurs around the year 20,000. With the exception of the Imperial Palace, all 45 Billion People live under domes. In one scene Hari Seldon is on the top of ...
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The idea of humanity forgetting Earth as its place of origin

After reading Foundation's Edge I'm wondering if the Foundation series was the first literary work to consider the possibility of humanity (as a whole or most of it) forgetting Earth as its place of ...
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Was R. Daneel Olivaw constructed on Earth, and is he alive in the last book of the Foundation series?

In the Foundation series there is a robot named R. Daneel Olivaw. He helps Hari to be hidden from the Emperor. Is he alive after the Foundation series sequels or prequels? And where was he made? Earth ...
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Asimov's Foundation Editions

I want to get into the Foundation Trilogy, and was going to purchase the Kindle editions from Amazon. But a reviewer brought to my attention that all the copies in print these days are of the "revised"...
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Why didn't humans try to settle other galaxies?

In Isaac Asimov's Robot/Empire/Foundation series, humans, during their second colonization wave, settled (probably) all the inhabitable worlds in the Galaxy, but no more. They did not, as far as I can ...
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Starship-and-Sun logo of the Galactic Empire - Foundation series

I have a rather obscure question about the 'Starship-and-Sun' logo of the Galactic Empire from the Foundation Series of books by Isaac Asimov. Is there an official logo that was produced by Asimov ...
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Did the Second Foundation know about the flaw in the Seldon Plan?

Per this answer, in Forward the Foundation Hari Seldon had determined that his Foundation plan for humanity had the flaw of being too human-centric, operating under the assumption that there was no ...
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Foundation of Seldon's plan

Seldon's plan was based on psychohistory. The way it is described in the foundation series is the prediction of future based on the actions of very large groups of people or societies. However, in the ...
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Were there high-powered mutants in Foundation universe before the Mule?

The Mule was a "mentalic" mutant of enough power that he managed to overcome the forces of history and disrupt Hari Seldon's plans. Were such mutants known prior to the Mule? (and known to Seldon)?
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In the Foundation universe, what is the longest distance mentalists can touch minds?

What is the highest range for mental abilities of mentalists and of Gaia in the Foundation universe? I'd like an order of magnitude, because for all I know it could be anything from a few ten meters ...
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Why do some people include Nemesis and End of Eternity in the Foundation Universe?

I've been reading Isaac Asimov's Robot/Empire/Foundation series recently as I hadn't read all of the books Asimov wrote within the series (I've been reading them chronologically starting with The ...
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Why didn't Hari Seldon consider if Laskin Joranum had radiation therapy?

In the Isaac Asimov novel Forward the Foundation, the hero Hari Seldon notices that the politician Laskin Joranum is wearing a wig and appears to have no facial hair at all, not even eyebrows. Hari ...
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Is Trantor Earth?

After reading the first Foundation book in the series, I asked myself if Trantor was Earth at one point. I don't think Asimov ever mentions Earth in the Foundation series.
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Why was “Forward the Foundation” unpublished?

I am looking at this Wikipedia article and wondering about Forward the Foundation ... why was it unpublished?
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Why did this character want to establish Psychohistory?

I re-read the Foundation series a few months ago but I was just thinking about it now in a case of very late Fridge Logic. If Daneel already established Gaia a long time ago, why did he feel the need ...
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Isaac Asimov references Clarke's Third Law?

I read Foundation (by Isaac Asimov) a while ago, just after I finished the Prelude to Foundation (of the same author). Today I have come about the notion that he, in either of the books, made a ...
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When does Foundation take place?

I'm currently on the third Foundation book ("Second Foundation") by Isaac Asimov, and I'm beginning to wonder when does this series take place. I know 1FE is 12069GE, but what would that be in AD/CE? ...
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Asimov's Foundation Comic/Manga

Is there any Comic/Manga or animation adaptation of the Asimov foundation trilogy ?
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Why did Lieutenant Dirige let Arcadia go?

In the third book of the original Foundation series, Second Foundation, Arcadia Darrell tries to escape from Kalgan and get to Trantor. In the spaceport, she is confronted by Police Lieutenant Orum ...
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What was the “obvious solution” to the first crisis in foundation?

The Anacreonians were landing their first spaceships tomorrow, but that was all right, too. In six months, they would be giving orders no longer. In fact, as Hari Seldon had said, and as Salvor ...
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I read Asimov's Foundation trilogy. Which Foundation novel should I tackle next? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What order should Asimov’s Foundation series be read in? I recently read Asimov's Foundation Trilogy (i. e. Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation. I ...
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Was there any influence of “Foundation” series by Asimov on “Star Wars”?

In the second book of the Foundation trilogy, Foundation and Empire, written in 1953, the Mule appears, an amazing and intriguing character. Reading this book give me the sensation that George Lucas ...
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About origins of Dors Venabili

This question itself contains spoilers which may, well spoil, your reading experience of books Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation. Proceed with caution!
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What was the most important thing of all that Hari Seldon wished to tell Daneel?

In Asimov's Forward the Foundation Hari Seldon's last encounter with the robot Daneel Olivaw is below: Seldon stood there for a few minutes after Daneel had gone, lost in thought. Suddenly he began ...
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Are the Second Foundation trilogy and the Caliban trilogy considered Foundation canon?

So, as far as I know, there are several series approved by Asimov or his estate for the Foundation series, including the Second Foundation Trilogy and the Caliban Trilogy. Of the Robot/Empire/...
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What are the major themes in Foundation?

I'm not very good at discerning themes from books, but one of the ones that I picked up from Foundation went something like this: "a culture that stops learning is doomed to fail." What major themes ...
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Have any movies been based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series?

Have any movies been produced based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation series? If not, why not?