Last September, after discovering that I had read only a fraction of NPR Top 100 Sci Fi/Fantasy, I wanted to read all of the books on the list. How could I call myself a sci fi fan without having read what are consider classics of the genre. I started with the classic Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov. It was a great way to kick off this journey. The Foundation Trilogy consists of Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation. It is a multigenerational story that covers the collapse of a great empire and the race to prepare society for what follows. Hari Sheldon is a psychohistorian who along with his team uses social, mathematics, and psychology to plot a way to contain the chaos. Sheldon establishes two foundations who work independent of each other to propel the Sheldon Plan along. The Sheldon plan is never fully explained but the citizens of the foundation believe that its calculations will automatically solve any problems that arise with the implosion of the galactic empire. With a complex plot and a vast number of characters to keep track of, The Foundation series is nonetheless a page turner.
Asimov is a titan in the Science Fiction world and rightfully so. Although his writings were simplistic in style, his influence can still be felt. Asimov was recently featured on The Science Channel show The Prophets of Science Fiction.
The Prophets of Science Fiction
Classic interview with Bill Moyers
Next up on the challenge: American Gods by Neil Gaiman