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Foundation - Isaac Asimov

1951 - Foundation is first in a trilogy of novels set in the distant future, in a society on the brink of a new Dark Age. Psychohistorian, Hari Seldon, scientifically predicts this grim future and sets about to prepare for the coming days. Seldon devises a plan to safeguard the knowledge of the human race by summoning the brightest minds in the galaxy to a remote world, which is to serve as a sanctuary from the tide of chaos. But, a power struggle between the foundation members and corrupt warlords soon threatens the survival of humanity's last glimmer of hope.