I wouldn’t say that this first book in the "Foundation" trilogy is not good, though, what I would say for certain is that I don’t think I will be reading the next one.
I’ve always have trouble reading old books; say from the sixties and backward. Sometimes I venture into some from Raymond Chandler or Fyodor Dostoyevsky, but most of the time the aftertaste comes in form of: I don’t really much care how people thought at time and in consequence, how they portrait the moral dilemmas, amongst other things, in their literature. In few words, I don’t feel a connection I feel for more contemporary authors such as Dennis Lehane(Crime) or William Gibson(SF).
This is science fiction you think and it's based on a story that happens in the future, well, in spite of that I feel a disconnection just as I felt when reading “Crime and Punishment”(Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
"Foundation" is a very fast-moving story about premonition and perhaps even fate in a distant galaxy. Characters pass by and are dumped very quickly, which was another problem I had with the book. Whenever I started to like someone he/she was taken away.
Perhaps for the more die-hard science-fiction fanatics, but nor for me!