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1st Aug '16 4:08:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: The death of Prince Lepold's father in a hunting accident in ''{{Foundation}}'', arranged by Wienis.

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* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: The death of Prince Lepold's father in a hunting accident in ''{{Foundation}}'', ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'', arranged by Wienis.
24th Jul '16 9:07:27 AM Omeganian
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* AndThenWhat: Lampshaded in ''Foundation's Edge''. The First Speaker notes, that for Seldon, the Plan ended with the Second Empire being established, and that was it (most likely due to lack of time rather than foresight). Said First Speaker had largely earned his position because of his work on extending the Plan further.
24th Jul '16 8:16:32 AM Omeganian
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* BlackBox: Because the Sheldon Plan will only work if people don't have foreknowledge of what they should do, Sheldon intentionally allowed [[No PlansNoPrototypeNoBackup all knowledge of Psychohistory die with him and his immediate successors]] to make sure of that. To take it one step further, he also completely destroyed the discipline of psychology (by intentionally only inviting ''one'' psychologist to Terminus--and making sure that psychologist understand the importance of not teaching anyone what he knows) just to be sure that someone later one will not be able to independently reinvent Psychohistory as a discipline.

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* BlackBox: Because the Sheldon Plan will only work if people don't have foreknowledge of what they should do, Sheldon intentionally allowed [[No PlansNoPrototypeNoBackup [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup all knowledge of Psychohistory die with him and his immediate successors]] to make sure of that. To take it one step further, he also completely destroyed the discipline of psychology (by intentionally only inviting ''one'' psychologist to Terminus--and making sure that psychologist understand the importance of not teaching anyone what he knows) just to be sure that someone later one will not be able to independently reinvent Psychohistory as a discipline.
17th Jul '16 9:44:26 AM gemmabeta2
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* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: To go with the vaguely Asimov's vaguely Fifties towards work and labor, there seems to be very little in the ways of labor saving devices present, and most middle-class families seems to be able to afford a live-in servant. A good case is Poli, the servant to the Darrells, who talks and acts like a caricature of an Antebellum house-slave.

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* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: To go with the vaguely Asimov's vaguely Fifties views towards work and labor, there seems to be very little in the ways of labor saving devices present, and most middle-class families seems to be able to afford a live-in servant. A good case is Poli, the servant to the Darrells, who talks and acts like a caricature of an Antebellum house-slave.
17th Jul '16 9:39:40 AM gemmabeta2
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* BlackBox: Because the Sheldon Plan will only work if people don't have foreknowledge of what they should do, Sheldon intentionally allowed [[No PlansNoPrototypeNoBackup all knowledge of Psychohistory die with him and his immediate successors]] to make sure of that. To take it one step further, he also completely destroyed the discipline of psychology (by intentionally only inviting ''one'' psychologist to Terminus--and making sure that psychologist understand the importance of not teaching anyone what he knows) just to be sure that someone later one will not be able to independently reinvent Psychohistory as a discipline.
15th Jul '16 4:12:45 PM karstovich2
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In order to accelerate a return to civilization, Seldon and his followers establish two Foundations to preserve human knowledge, at "opposite ends" of the galaxy. In order to keep its actions predictable, the first of these colonies originally has no idea of Seldon's real plan, but is banished from the imperial capital Trantor to the planet Terminus on the remote edge of the galaxy, there officially assigned to compose an encyclopedia of all human knowledge. The Second Foundation remains nearly forgotten, cloaked in secrecy.

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In order to accelerate a return to civilization, Seldon and his followers establish two Foundations to preserve human knowledge, at "opposite ends" of the galaxy. In order to keep its actions predictable, the first of these colonies originally has no idea of Seldon's real plan, but is banished from the imperial capital Trantor to the resource-poor planet Terminus on the remote edge of the galaxy, there officially assigned to compose an encyclopedia of all human knowledge. The Second Foundation remains nearly forgotten, cloaked in secrecy.
6th Jul '16 10:44:38 PM Discar
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* DidntSeeThatComing: The Seldon Plan worked wonderfully for the first book and a half, but then it ran into a complete unknown unknown in the form of [[OutsideContextVillain the Mule]]. [[spoiler: The plan is eventually brought back on track through XanatosSpeedChess, a massive Hail Mary pass on the part of the Second Foundation and the HeroicSacrifice of many of their people.]] Later, another unknown unknown surfaced in the form of Gaia, and more generally, [[spoiler: the fact that the Seldon Plan can't account for nonhuman intelligences, which are beginning to emerge through human evolution.]]

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* DidntSeeThatComing: The Seldon Plan worked wonderfully for the first book and a half, but then it ran into a complete unknown unknown in the form of [[OutsideContextVillain [[OutsideContextProblem the Mule]]. [[spoiler: The plan is eventually brought back on track through XanatosSpeedChess, a massive Hail Mary pass on the part of the Second Foundation and the HeroicSacrifice of many of their people.]] Later, another unknown unknown surfaced in the form of Gaia, and more generally, [[spoiler: the fact that the Seldon Plan can't account for nonhuman intelligences, which are beginning to emerge through human evolution.]]



** The first book is all about creating and maintaining such an empire. Leaving aside a temporary [[OutsideContextVillain and extremely unlikely]] setback, the main reason why it is less prominent in later books is that it is so successful a policy (well, polic''ies'' -- the Foundation goes through several variations of 'use their superior technology and science as leverage') that by the last shown period, the Foundation proper has grown from a single world to ''over a tenth of the Milky Way''.

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** The first book is all about creating and maintaining such an empire. Leaving aside a temporary [[OutsideContextVillain [[OutsideContextProblem and extremely unlikely]] setback, the main reason why it is less prominent in later books is that it is so successful a policy (well, polic''ies'' -- the Foundation goes through several variations of 'use their superior technology and science as leverage') that by the last shown period, the Foundation proper has grown from a single world to ''over a tenth of the Milky Way''.



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23rd Jun '16 11:51:18 AM Omeganian
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* SureLetsGoWithThat: When Terminus gives the surrounding kingdoms aid in the form of advanced technology, Salvor Hardin notices the people insist on viewing it as sorcery. He makes a few modifications, and spreads the aid under the guise of divine power.
8th Jun '16 6:40:05 PM PaulA
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* PrescienceByAnalysis: Hari Seldon invents a whole field of science called "psychohistory" to predict the future of galactic civilization. He prophesizes the fall of the Empire, and establishes the Foundation to shorten the impending dark age.
5th Jun '16 9:38:29 PM UrthWyrm
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* LittleStowaway: Arkady Darell


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* LegendaryInTheSequel: By the time of the Foundation stories, Elijah Baley from Asimov's ''Robot'' stories is a "culture hero" whose very existence is doubted.
* LittleStowaway: Arkady Darell
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