Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Ozimov in Petrovichi, Klimovichi Uyezd, Russian SFSR on this day in 1920. (His actual birthday is unknown, but is generally celebrated on Jan 2.)

“He is a dreamer of ancient times, or rather, of the myths of what ancient times used to be. Such men are harmless in themselves, but their queer lack of realism makes them fools for others.”
–from FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE (1952)

Isaac Asimov’s seminal Foundation trilogy—one of the cornerstones of modern speculative fiction—in a single hardcover volume. It is the saga of the Galactic Empire, crumbling after twelve thousand years of rule. And it is the particular story of psychohistorian Hari Seldon, the only man who can see the horrors the future has in store—a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and violence that will last for thirty thousand years. Gathering a band of courageous men and women, Seldon leads them to a hidden location at the edge of the galaxy, where he hopes they can preserve human knowledge and wisdom through the age of darkness. In 1966, the Foundation trilogy received a Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series, and it remains the only fiction series to have been so honored. More than fifty years after their original publication, the three Foundation novels stand as classics of thrilling, provocative, and inspired world-building. READ an excerpt from the introduction here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/203444/foundation-foundation-and-empire-second-foundation-by-isaac-asimov/

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