Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.6

vintage-sf-badgeNo.6  Foundation by Issac Asimov

As part of Vintage Sci Fi month being hosted by Little Red Reviewer I’ve given myself a small challenge to post a vintage book each day – one that I’ve read – and to highlight some of the covers.   Today’s choice is Foundation by Issac Asimov.  I first read this as part of a readalong with Stainless Steel Droppings.  I was really worried that it would all go over my head but I loved it – a lot of which I am sure was to do with all the discussion we had.  Some very interesting covers and I actually really like the first edition, in fact I think today’s post is a testament to how I’ve developed in terms of sci fi – I would probably have ran a mile from most of these covers not so long ago.  Now I find myself quite drawn to some of them, particularly the ’86 and ’94:



Avon Books 1966


Panther 1971


Del Rey 1984


Del Rey 1986


Voyager 1994

16 Responses to “Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.6”

  1. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    OK, I was not a fan of this book, but I love the first cover. (with the exception the title is hard to read, but still, its my favorite)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, it wasn’t a book that I would have ever thought about picking up to be honest and I was a bit worried if I would even understand half of it. I do find that with certain novels readalongs are definitely the way forward!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book either, but I love the second cover. Some really cool/weird artistic thing happening there!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I enjoyed this, I think mainly because it was a readalong which I think helped me to understand half the nuances that would otherwise have gone over my head. The first wasn’t my favourite though.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    I like the ’94 cover, but I haven’t read this book. And probably won’t now that I know Lisa and Mogsy didn’t like it, LOL!

    • @lynnsbooks

      To be honest, it wouldn’t have been a book I would have picked up. I just thought it would all go over my head but I was joining in with the Sci Fi Experience and a readalong seemed like a good way forward.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Wendleberry

    Love that first cover! But i also really like the 1971 cover.
    I have yet to read any Asimov, though i did recently by I, Robot with a cover that hits all my likes 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I don’t think I’ve read I Robot but I really enjoyed Positronic Man. I wonder which cover it was that you bought???
      Lynn 😀

      • @lynnsbooks

        ohh, I love that cover – can’t wait to see what you think about the book. I loved Positronic Man – I thought it was really thought provoking.
        Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The first cover is indeed the best one IMHO, while the 1966 one is truly weird…

    I remembered reading and loving this book in my long-lost youth, and went for a re-read when I heard that it might be turned into a tv mini-series: well, I could not go past one-third of the volume – it felt so outdated and… clumsy! Quite sad…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I guess it does feel outdated really – well, I suppose it is out of date! I read three books in total – they were all readalongs as part of the sci fi experience and it made it enjoyable because of all the discussion. I don’t think these are books that I could have tackled, ever, in my wildest dreams, alone!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Michael

    I think I checked the grey cover edition out of my local library back in the day when I started reading Asimov. I really like the Foundation novels and am curious to see if the potential rumored TV series on HBO will live up to the books.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I like that cover! I hadn’t heard the rumours of a potential TV series so that’s really intriguing!
      Lynn 😀

  7. jessicabookworm

    I haven’t read this – I have always feared that Asimov might be a bit over my head! I like the first and last covers though.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, – I always figured the same and to be honest it would have been if it hadn’t been a readalong!
      Lynn 😀

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