History Literature / Foundation

10th Jun '17 9:17:46 AM ImperialMajestyXO
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Then in 2014, [[http://www.thewrap.com/interstellars-jonah-nolan-developing-foundation-series-for-hbo-wbtv-exclusive/ it was announced]] that HBO was developing it as a TV series.

to:

Then in 2014, [[http://www.thewrap.com/interstellars-jonah-nolan-developing-foundation-series-for-hbo-wbtv-exclusive/ it was announced]] that HBO Creator/{{HBO}} was developing it as a TV series.



* AllTheOtherReindeer: [[spoiler:Why the Mule wanted to take over the galaxy]].

to:

* AllTheOtherReindeer: AllOfTheOtherReindeer: [[spoiler:Why the Mule wanted to take over the galaxy]].
10th Jun '17 9:16:07 AM ImperialMajestyXO
Is there an issue? Send a Message


As far as adaptations are concerned, back in the 70s, the BBC did a Radio Drama adaptation which can be found on the [[http://www.archive.org/details/IsaacAsimov-TheFoundationTrilogy Internet Archive.]] Apparently, at one point Creator/RolandEmmerich, of all people, was planning on making a film trilogy out of the first three books, but the project fell into DevelopmentHell and never came out.

to:

As far as adaptations are concerned, back in the 70s, the BBC Creator/TheBBC did a Radio Drama adaptation which can be found on the [[http://www.archive.org/details/IsaacAsimov-TheFoundationTrilogy Internet Archive.]] Archive]]. Apparently, at one point Creator/RolandEmmerich, of all people, was planning on making a film trilogy out of the first three books, but the project fell into DevelopmentHell and never came out.
6th May '17 10:11:14 PM SamuraiMarmoset
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Han Pritcher during ''Search By The Mule''. Once a member of Terminus' democratic underground dedicated to toppling the authoritarian rule of the Indbur Mayors by working as a DoubleAgent from within the regime's intelligence bureau, he later becomes a rebel fighting against the Mule after his forces capture and occupy Terminus itself. Unfortunately, in an attempt to blow up the Mule's palace, he is caught, and brought to the Mule to be Converted, turning him from a rebel into a loyal Mule's Man, who five years later has become the top general and right-hand man of the dictator he had once rebelled against. [[spoiler: He briefly becomes himself again during the MexicanStandOff between Bail Channis and the Mule at the climax of the story when Bail undoes his Conversion, but it doesn't last and Pritcher ends his life unsuccessfully trying to keep the Mule's Union of Worlds together after his master's death.]]



* BiggerBad: The Mule casts a long shadow over the later stories, even two centuries after his death, because his appearance on the Galactic stage so completely shattered the Seldon Plan, it becomes something of a question mark if the Plan is even still functional afterwards. [[spoiler: It is, thanks to the XanatosSpeedChess and GambitRoulette pulled off by the Second Foundation to get the Plan back on track, but that's not common knowledge.]]



* TheDragon: Han Pritcher to the Mule by the time of Search By The Mule, after having been Converted during the previous story, becoming his second-in-command and best general. [[spoiler: But only as long as the Conversion remains in place; when it's undone by Second Foundation mentalists, Pritcher has to be immediately restrained to prevent the former rebel from immediately killing his master.]] Mention is made in the later stories that after the Mule's death, Pritcher briefly became a DragonAscendant trying to keep the Mule's Union of Worlds intact, but was unsuccessful.
* DyingAlone: A major theme of the final Asimov-penned Foundation story, ''Forward the Foundation'', which chronicles the second half of Hari Seldon's life leading up to his creation of the Plan, is the loss of everyone close to him. [[spoiler: His wife, Dors Venabili is targeted by an anti-robot weapon and killed, his foster-son Raych dies during a riot on another planet, and his daughter-in-law and grandson disappear when the ship they take to a supposed safe haven just vanishes without a trace. By the end, the only person Hari has left in his life is his granddaughter Wanda, but they are still separated as she and the other founding members of the Second Foundation are required by the Plan to go into seclusion, and thus he never sees her again before his death.]] However, while he may die alone, Hari also dies content in the knowledge that the future is safeguarded.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Emperor Agis XIV, who later befriends Hari Seldon in ''Forward the Foundation.''

to:

* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Emperor Agis Argis XIV, who later befriends Hari Seldon in ''Forward the Foundation.''


Added DiffLines:

** Another one comes after Han Pritcher is caught and brought before the Mule's viceroy, who makes Pritcher realize that like it or not, he will be made to willingly serve the Mule, because the Viceroy was as well. To whit, Pritcher's line when he realizes just who the Viceroy is, or was, before the Mule. [[spoiler: "You were the warlord of Kalgan."]]


Added DiffLines:

* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Used as plot points near the end of ''Forward the Foundation''; Seldon puts his daughter-in-law and her young grandson on a ship to take them off Trantor to another world where they and their descendants will be safe, with only his granddaughter Wanda staying behind. Their transport takes off, but never arrives at its destination. Whether the ship suffered some sort of mechanical failure, crashed, or was waylaid by space pirates is never discovered; the ship simply vanishes without a trace. At the same time, the reigning emperor Argis XIV, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who never actually wanted the position and was only a very distant relative of the last emperor Cleon I, is quietly removed from power by Linge Chen and the Commission For Public Safety, and replaced with a boy emperor they can more easily control and who is much less friendly to Hari because of this. Whether Argis was quietly retired off-planet or murdered is never discovered, by either Hari or the readers.
28th Apr '17 11:50:25 PM SamuraiMarmoset
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* LifeWillKillYou: Hari Seldon dies an old man, peacefully in his office in the University of Trantor, still working away on the Plan.
28th Apr '17 11:12:53 PM SamuraiMarmoset
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: At the climax of The Mayors [[spoiler: Wienis turns his blaster on himself and commits suicide rather than allow himself to be subjected to a religious trial for trying to attack the "holy planet" of Terminus, and also because he can't kill a force-shielded Salvor Hardin with the gun either.]]
24th Apr '17 6:13:27 AM LordInsane
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* {{Infodump}}: Since each of the chapters of the original trilogy was published individually, Asimov had to find excuses to fit one into each of them. By the last story, "Search By the Foundation"[=/=]"...And Now You Don't", he {{lampshaded}} the exposition as an actual essay written as homework by Arkady Darrell (which doubled as an EstablishingCharacterMoment).

to:

* {{Infodump}}: Since each of the chapters of the original trilogy was published individually, Asimov had to find excuses to fit one into each of them. By the last story, "Search By the Foundation"[=/=]"...And Now You Don't", he {{lampshaded}} the exposition as an actual essay written as homework by Arkady Darrell (which doubled as an EstablishingCharacterMoment). The last story in the first novel, "The Merchant Princes"[=/=]"The Big and the Little", had the need for it as a plot point, indicating that a character isn't who he claims to be (since if he was he wouldn't ''need'' an infodump about what a Seldon Crisis is).
24th Apr '17 5:46:49 AM LordInsane
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* VanityIsFeminine: Women kinda get the short end of the stick in the first novel. Out of the three woman who appear, one does nothing but be dazzled by the pretty jewelery the traders from the Foundation can offer to their man, and one is actually a rather shrewd manipulator with her own sources in the court, but is easily bribed with the same jewelry. However, one is from Corell, the other from the Empire. The only Foundation woman shown is a "dead-voiced but efficient young lady".

to:

* VanityIsFeminine: Women kinda get the short end of the stick in the first novel. Out of the three woman who appear, one does nothing but be dazzled by the pretty jewelery the traders from the Foundation can offer to their man, and one is actually a rather shrewd manipulator with her own sources in the court, but is easily bribed with the same jewelry. However, one is from Corell, Korell, the other from the Empire. The only Foundation woman shown is a "dead-voiced but efficient young lady". Lady Callia in the third novel ''seems'' to have this trait... [[spoiler: but it is implied to be simply part of her playing the role of ditzy trophy consort to the Lord of Kalgan, with her actual personality as an intelligent and capable Second Foundation agent being considerably more cold-headed and focused.]]
24th Apr '17 5:11:25 AM LordInsane
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* TheCycleOfEmpires: The series starts as the Galactic Empire is in decline. The Foundation's entire purpose is to jump-start the formation of the next empire and cut the long night short by several thousand years.
* DashedPlotLine: Each book is spread out over several years, sometimes even multiple centuries

to:

* TheCycleOfEmpires: The series starts as the Galactic Empire is in decline. The Foundation's entire purpose is to jump-start the formation of the next empire and cut the long night short by several thousand years.
years. It's suggested that one of the purposes of the Seldon Crises is to short-circuit periods of decay for the Foundation and push the Foundation back towards another period of vigourous expansion.
* DashedPlotLine: Each book is spread out over several years, sometimes even multiple centuriescenturies.
15th Mar '17 7:08:39 PM bajiru
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** Subverted with the reveal of the Second Foundation's true purpose. Not only have they kept Psychohistory alive, they've advanced it far past what Seldon himself dreamed of.
5th Mar '17 11:15:48 AM john_e
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* {{Tykebomb}}: [[spoiler:Arkady Darrell. After she has the EurekaMoment that allows her father Toran to (apparently) root out the Second Foundation, he's still suspicious enough to test her for signs of mental tampering. She passes -- only because the real Second Foundation had altered her personality shortly after she was born on Trantor, before any personality traits had formed to be removed. The First Speaker justifies it by claiming that the "precious and intelligent personality" given to her was a benefit.]]

to:

* {{Tykebomb}}: [[spoiler:Arkady Darrell. After she has the EurekaMoment that allows her father Toran to (apparently) root out the Second Foundation, he's still suspicious enough to test her for signs of mental tampering. She passes -- only because the real Second Foundation had altered her personality shortly after she was born on Trantor, before any personality traits had formed to be removed. The First Speaker justifies it by claiming that the "precious "precocious and intelligent personality" given to her was a benefit.]]
This list shows the last 10 events of 201. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Literature.Foundation