“The foundation series sounds like a science fiction version of 'The Oregon Trail'. The challenges faced by each group of settlers is more complex and consequently the responses from the settlers are equally complex. The plot is simple and the story is very readable. There isn't a lot of action but the plot progresses in such a natural manner that the story moves a lot faster than you would expect. There are a few twists and turns and an unexpected switch or two. The protagonist Hari Seldon comes across as mathematician love-child of Holmes and Watson and this adds a retro feel to the story.
Plot Summary: Hari Seldon, a young mathematician propounds a theory that seemingly allows man to scientifically predict the generic future. This ability causes the Galactic Emperor and his rivals to want to control Seldon and consequently the future. Seldon is then recruited by a Trantorian named Hummins to develop the science of psychohistory and control the foreseeable future to ensure the survival of mankind through the fall of the Galactic Empire. The story details Seldon's meetings with his contemporaries and the events that lead to the development of psychohistory.”