Went and picked up physical copies of the Expeditionary Force series. Helps me keep track of what I've read.
Holy crap, these have to be the worst self-published books I've picked up. Is Amazon just printing these on demand? It has to be straight from the epub file. There's a tables of content, they're underlined like hyperlinks, most books don't have chapter names so it's just "Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etcc." and there are no numbers pages in the book. The novella has a cover that's not even the same aspect ratio of the book.
Not really. Think it's overrated. It starts off fantastic, thought it was gonna be top 5 for sure, the world building, the characters, the tech, all great. But then Paul heads into the desert and starts tripping on Spice and everything takes a down hill turn. The spice magic takes away all suspense despite attempts to walk it back at times for the sake of the specific scene. The characters become flat as interactions become more limited. Paul becomes an arrogant prat reducing the amount you want to root for him. You also lose the mystery and allure of the Fremen and whole of Arrakis. Even the worms are reduced from this mystery threat to a common animal.
in-universe chronological order are:
Prelude to Foundation
Forward the Foundation Foundation
Foundation and Empire
Foundation and Earth
The bolded books were the original Foundation Trilogy and Isaac Asimov wrote prequels and sequels to it. Mathematician Hari Seldon spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory it can predict the future, but only on a large scale.
I used to have all of them in Hardcover. I remember these books more than ones I've read just weeks ago. I like how they had the miniaturization of electronics as some far future thing rather than something that was going to happen in the very near future.