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The Foundation Trilogy

Les Robots de l'aube (Robots of Dawn) - Isaac Asimov, France-Marie Watkins What's to love: It is incredibly creative, a very ambitious work, literally universal in scope. A very advanced multiplanetary civilization teeters on the brink of collapse- threatening to plunge trillions of citizens into a galactic Dark Ages. One visionary social scientist believes he holds a key to averting this catastrophy, and he leaves the plan as his legacy to be carried out over the next several generations... amazing.What's not to love: The underlying tone grovels at the feet of big government, looking to the State to engineer away social problems. Political and economic power is extremely centralized in this saga, and astonishingly, it is always exercised with the broad well-being of the society in mind. Our own world is far less centralized, yet far more corrupt. At times, it feels like an homage to social experimentation -just a little too fawning and trusting of those who wield influence. I am sure the propaganda value of this book has not been lost on those who would abuse it.