Artwork by Rick Sternbach for the LP record Foundation read by William Shatner (Caedmon Records, 1976) . Scanned from “Arthur C Clarke’s July 20 2019” a speculative science book written in 1986 which has a lot of accurate predictions.
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The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising bureaucracy, a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of curiosity—a hundred other factors. It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop.
The Foundation Trilogy. Foundation * Foundation and Empire * Second Foundation. Isaac Asimov. New York: Gnome Press, 1951; 1952; 1953. First edition. Original dust jacket.
FOUNDATION begins a new chapter in the story of man’s future. As the Old Empire crumbles into barbarism throughout the million worlds of the galaxy, Hari Seldon and his band of psychologists must create a new entity, the Foundation-dedicated to art, science, and technology-as the beginning of a new empire.