The Foundation Trilogy (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Foundation Trilogy (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

by Isaac Asimov

Hardcover(Bonded Leather Edition)



A landmark of science fiction's "Golden Age," Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy--which comprises the novels Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation--has long been regarded a visionary masterpiece whose astonishing historical scope perfectly conveys science fiction's sense of wonder. First published as a cycle of stories in the 1940s and '50s, Asimov's iconic trilogy has endured to become, like the author himself, a legend of science fiction.

Set in the far future, Foundation envisions a Galactic Empire that has thrived for 12,000 years, but whose decline into an age of barbarism lasting some thirty millennia is imminent--if the predictions of renegade psycho-historian Hari Seldon are accurate. Hoping to shorten the interval of this impending new Dark Age, Seldon convinces the Empire's Commission of Public Safety to allow him enact a diversionary plan--one full of surprising subterfuges and intrigues intended to create and protect a Foundation on which the future Empire will be erected.

Foundation and Empire advances the story farther into the future, in which a technologically advanced Foundation triumphs over attacking forces of the collapsing Empire. Yet even as the Foundation emerges valiantly, in fulfillment of Hari Seldon's scheme, at the far corners of the Empire a powerful mutant, whose existence was never accounted for in Seldon's projections, emerges to overwhelm the Foundation and establish his own tyrannical version of the Empire.

In Second Foundation, a new Second Foundation, whose whereabouts have been kept secret from the original Foundation for safety's sake, asserts itself as the true fulfillment of Hari Seldon's plans for the Empire--and thereby pits itself against a Foundation resentful of its usurped authority.

This edition of The Foundation Trilogy is a distinguished new addition to Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions series. Each volume features an elegant bonded-leather binding, distinctive gilt edging, decorative endpapers, and a colorful satin-ribbon bookmark. Collectible and durable, these volumes should be the cornerstones of every home library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307292063
Publisher: Bantam Books
Publication date: 11/25/2011
Series: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Edition description: Bonded Leather Edition
Pages: 752
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Isaac Asimov began his Foundation series at the age of 21, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned over 400 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas. Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decades, until he died, at the age of 72, in April 1992.

Date of Birth:

January 20, 1920

Date of Death:

April 6, 1992

Place of Birth:

Petrovichi, Russia

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

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Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics The Foundation Trilogy (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics Series) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The trilogy is an awesome read. However, I found some issue with the content of the books. Especially the last book in the trilogy Second Foundation. There is content missing in Chapter 4 an entire conversation is missing between three characters that play a huge part in what happens in the following chapter. I originally did not know this until I went back and fourth between the hardcover book and the digital version of the book and realized that some chapter were edited. I still recommend the book as it truly is a great read.
dragon_5635 More than 1 year ago
I really love the content of this book, yet I ran into a quality issue with it. The pages are of good weight and the type is a good size. But the cover feels like vinyl. It isn't smooth, and has an odd "lumpy" look to it. On its own, it isn't too terrible, but on the shelf with my thirty other leatherbounds from Barnes&Noble it stands out when you feel or even look at it. I also ran into this with Wicked and Son of a Witch, and I ordered both books online. Overall, if you're getting this book, get it in stores and make sure you look at the cover (even through the plastic) to see if it is smooth. I assuming that all of them are not like mine and it would be possible to find a nice one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of My Favorite Books I just started reading sci-fi this year, at almost 50 years of age, and I think Asimov was a ground-breaking author. Iain Banks got my interest, but then I notice that Asimov developed the foundation for much of my interest. He was a doubly rare personality who understood physics/astronomy, and was emotionally/psychologically/politically/historically sensitive as well. As an example, read the short story 'The Final Question', written ca. 1950. He already had imagined a computer whose mass was stored in hyperspace to reduce its bulk. I thought that idea was clever when I read Banks' ca. 1990 culture series. As was already mentioned, these novels were written at the peak of his craft, when he had the psychological perspective (age) to make these novels more than scientific imagination.
deesy58 More than 1 year ago
Well worth the price.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband loves this book and has always ooed and awed over the beautiful leather bound books. When I saw this one, I just had to get it for him, and he loves them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i bought this for my husband; one of his favourites. My 3 teenage sons, who are not into books, were captured by the look and feel of the book itself and are now reading this and another B&N leather bound classic - very impressed.
GeneticBlue More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! Wishing they would release the other half of the series!
Starfighter_CIX More than 1 year ago
Excellent trilogy, classic Asimov. This book has earned a special place in the Science Fiction genre, and it is well deserved. The pages fly by and just when you think that you know where this is going, a new revelation completely changes direction. Asimov was at the peak of his writing abilities when he penned this. Great series, and this trilogy was the start of it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the textbooks we used in my special topics course at university. Really enjoyed the books, Asimov was a very accomplished writer. Great for a reader who is just getting into Sci-Fi novels.
GZBanng More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book in the academic sense. I read it because my husband purchased it to go along with other books in the B&N collectors edition. Asimov's use of language is beautiful, but as it is a history of The Foundation, I felt like I was traveling past these people at the speed of light, unable to truly connect to any character. After too-few chapters, their contribution to history had finished and time moved on. Regardless it is beautifully written book, which I read in four sittings. Even though at places it could be dry, the novel captured my attention.
BrianTS More than 1 year ago
Text is missing on page 558 of this volume. The B&N leatherbound version of The Foundation Trilogy is a handsome book, but unfortunately there is indeed missing text in this version. In this B&N leatherbound version, turn to page 558, which is the end of chapter 4 of "Second Foundation". On page 558, there should be around two more pages of story text after the part that says "Welcome to Tazenda. We greet you in peace. You have eaten?" In my B&N leatherbound version of The Foundation Trilogy, after the phrase "You have eaten?", the text immediately continues with the "FOURTH INTERLUDE" The two pages of text between "You have eaten?" and the FOURTH INTERLUDE are completely missing. Maybe this was corrected in later versions of the B&N leatherbound edition, but my B&N version is definitely missing that text. By comparison, I have a separate version of The Foundation Trilogy, by Doubleday & Company, Inc, which contains the full text.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Contrary to what a four star reviewer claimed, there is no content missing in the leatherbound B&N trilogy. I personally checked out another copy of Second Foundation and did a side by side comparison with the leatherbound version. There is no difference whatsoever. I don't know whether the ebook version is edited, but you all can rest assured that the B&N leatherbound Foundation trilogy is not edited in the slightest.
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blakeCA More than 1 year ago
i love science fiction trilogys, but this series is very analytical and dry. its theme is based on the future and the the way it unfolds, its hard to have character development when the story line crosses thousands of years and the characters die ! im a big fan of game of thrones, and kj parker ! this series just wasnt my thing !