Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy - a riveting saga of humanity's struggle against darkness played out on the grandest possible scale - is one of the cornerstones of modern science fiction.
Asimov was born in Russia in 1919, his family moved to the USA
where his father owned a succession of sweet shops.
Asimov graduated from Columbia University and, after a brief period in the army, he joined the Boston University school of medicine and thereafter took to full time writing, until his death in 1992
Introducer biography- Michael Dirda is a book critic on the Washington Post.