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Isaac Asimov's Foundation - a "fix-up" novel (or collection of related stories) - built from 4 novelets originally published in Astounding in 1942 or 1944. This is my favorite of the "Foundation" series, and I recommend it as a good job of world-building, and being re-readable. (I have trouble re-reading the rest of the series, since major plot points like "who is the Mule?" or "where is the Second Foundation?" proved to be so memorable - that I am not fooled by false trails or uncertainty by the searchers.)
The first piece is original to the 1951 Gnome hardcover, the second has minor changes compared to the magazine source, and I didn't notice any changes from the magazine versions in the last 3 pieces. The first American paperback edition was abridged and retitled as The 1000 Year Plan in 1955. All other editions return to the original title. All 3 books of the original "Foundation" trilogy are fix-ups of pieces from Astounding.
For some sort of set-up or plot summary, I quote part of a review in Astounding (February 1952):