Foundation – Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov_1951_FoundationThe Foundation Trilogy won the Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series.  The award is richly deserved.  Foundation is a SciFi classic about psychohistorian, Hari Seldon, who is attempting to save humanity.  The Galactic Empire is dying.  Seldon, a mathematician who has created the field of psychohistory which enables him to see into the future, can tell a new dark age is approaching.  Seldon gathers the best minds, scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak world on the edge of the galaxy where he has created a sanctuary called Foundation.  He is hoping to create a galactic encyclopedia to save human knowledge and shorten the dark age.  Soon Foundation is at the mercy of the corrupt warlords who are threatening humanity.  Do they fight or submit?  Fabulous premise.

Dune – Frank Herbert

DunePossibly the best science fiction novel of all time, this book is so rich and intricately plotted it almost defies description.  In the far future, a duke and his family are sent by the emperor to a sand world from which comes a spice necessary for space travel.  The move is designed to destroy the duke and his family but his son — the feared product of a forbidden liaison between the duke and his witch concubine — escapes and wreaks havoc using the natives of Dune and the planet’s unique ecology to fight the emperor and other factions which seek their ruin.