One moment Joseph Schwartz is a happily retired tailor in Chicago, 1949. The next he's a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire. Earth, as he soon learns, is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other 200 million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it's the original home of man. And Earth is poor, with great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil - so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of 60. Joseph Schwartz is 62. This is Isaac Asimov's first novel, full of wonders and ideas, the book that launched the novels of the Galactic Empire, culminating in the Foundation series.More
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Jewel of a book
Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be...
Grow old along with me.
The best is yet to be.
The last of life, for which the first was made.
--Robert Browning (Quoted by Joseph Schwartz)
This is a great transitional book to the Foundation series and should be read before starting it with the book "Prelude to Foundation". This is the only book which includes a person from Earth in the present day (1949). It's amusing to have someone experience Earth in the distant future like the reader would have. The main character returns to Chicago after 10,000 years have elapsed and sees a city without the remotest connection to what he was used to except for the waterline. There are some great ideas in this book like every book in the Foundation series. The development of an ability to control other people telepathically is portrayed so well as to seem kind of realistic. The characters represent the final chapter of life on earth and it really puts perspective in understanding the view toward earth in the Foundation books