I remember, as a child, going to the library in Valejo, CA and looking at the science fiction books. I was particularly impressed by the cover art on the Foundation series novels by Isaac Asimov. This art (see below) is from the 1980’s edition cover of “Foundation” by Isaac Asimov. It has a philosophical air to it that I like. I judged that book by its cover when I first saw it in elementary school and decided to read it! I’m very glad I did.
I highly recommend the time to read it…it just may convince you to continue on with the rest of The Foundation series by Asimov. I believe it was the forerunner and main idea behind the concept of a galactic empire as has been expanded on by Star Wars and Star Trek. If you would like to see the genesis of the idea behind those phenomena (Star Wars/Star Trek) then you’ll very much be rewarded by reading that series…besides, anything by Asimov is worth its weight in gold.