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It is the year 12020 GE and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity Yet Unless you re just a die hard Foundation fan and have to read them all Prelude to Foundation can safely be skipped In particular I m not sure that I would recommend reading it prior to the other Foundation novels despite the fact that it s a preuelIt s not spoiling anything to briefly explain why this is In Foundation which is really a shorts collection than a novel despite the fact that the stories do flow very well together Hari Seldon is already an old man The whole premise is based upon his having mathematically predicted the future using a techniue of his own devising called psychohistory He is from page one a legendPrelude to Foundation attempts to chronicle Hari s invention of psychohistory as a young man The story flows much like the plot of a B action movie right down to Hari having some small martial arts skills The young hasty Hari is a far less compelling hero than the iconic genius who has mathematically determined how to shorten ten thousand years of barbarism to just one thousandOf course Asimov is a good enough storyteller that it all hangs together decently But there s a lot of books out there to be had and plenty of other choices even just in the Asimov shelf that are better

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Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory his remarkable theory of prediction Little does the young Outworld mathematic This really wasn t that bad in fact I enjoyed it uite a lot but it was very disappointing It is an entirely different kind of book to Foundation which was about concepts Not amazingly written certainly but neither was this and without the great concepts there s not a huge amount leftI think it would be a bit harsh to say that this book was written to cash in on the phenomenon that was Foundation though I suspect that is part of it What probably happened is that Asimov realised that he could link up all the books he d previously written for the Foundation series and for his robot stuff into one big series spanning thousands of years and the entire galaxy but still essentially linked Which means he had to write a few books to go in between the early robot stories and the later Foundation series Preuals to the latter or seuels to the former It doesn t really matter because all this book is and I expect the other preualseuel too is a gap fillerSo this book draws out connections and follows its plot in an entirely arbitrary yet painfully predictable way Unlike Foundation which was delightful because it hardly paused for a second on any particular group of characters instead focusing on broad sweeping principles of politics and economics Prelude to Foundation follws tortuously the path of Hari Seldon in his uest to develop the science of psychohistory This involves close character study something which Asimov is very bad at Also while he s pretty good at the politicaleconomic stuff he s appallingly bad at the anthropological side of things The definite low point of the book was the sojourn in the Mycogen sector of Trantor during which I spent most of the time feeling both appalled and insultedThe real thing that made Foundation great was that it left so much unsaid it treated the reader intelligently allowing them to make their own connections instead of explaining every minute detail of a plot development whose existence any observant person would have guessed fifty or so pages earlier

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Ian know that he has already sealed his fate and the fate of humanity For Hari possesses the prophetic power that makes him the most wanted man in the Empirethe man who holds the key to the future an apocalyptic power to be known forever after as the Foundati Finally After all these years I have finished the first book of Foundation What exactly took me so long I will never know I really enjoyed this work it s high uality SF with all the societal elements inserted in it all the uestions about humanity posed and all of the wonders of the possible future bestowed on the reader Brilliant for someone who loves the genre and I most certainly am in love with science fiction it sparks the imagination in a completely different way than any other literary endeavour I can t wait to read the next books P S Hari Seldon still pisses me off Great book character annoying little shit


10 thoughts on “Prelude to Foundation

  1. says:

    In the realm of science fiction Isaac Asimov’s stories have always been my woobie  This rings especially true for his Robot and Fo

  2. says:

    Prelude to Foundation Foundation Preuel #1 Publication Order #6 Isaac Asimov Prelude to Foundation is a novel by American writer Isaac Asimov published in 1988 It is one of two preuels to the Foundation series For the first time Asimov chronicles the fictional life of Hari Seldon the man who invented psychohistory and the intellec

  3. says:

    Unless you're just a die hard Foundation fan and have to read them all Prelude to Foundation can safely be skipped In particular I'm not sure that I would recommend reading it prior to the other Foundation novels despite the fact that it's a preuelIt's not spoiling anything to briefly explain why this is In Foun

  4. says:

    “What I have done is to prove that it is possible to choose starting conditions from which historical forecasting does not descend into chaotic conditions but can become predictable within limits However what those starting conditions might be I do not know nor am I sure that those conditions can be found by any one person—or by any number of people—in a finite length of time”That is pretty much the gist of wh

  5. says:

    My first Asimov book it was both wonderful and disappointing I loved the hugeness of the imagination at work here The bizarre and dive

  6. says:

    This really wasn't that bad in fact I enjoyed it uite a lot but it was very disappointing It is an entirely different kind of book to Foundation which was about concepts Not amazingly written certainly but neither was this and without the great concepts there's not a huge amount leftI think it would be a bit harsh to say t

  7. says:

    Well wasn't this a dreadful little bookIt's been decades since I read any Asimov but I remember him with fondness for the original Foundation trilogy I read in the late 70s along with several of his other novelsI do however have no recollection of his narrative style whatsoever After finishing this travesty that actually scares the shit out of me for considering the other nine books in this seriesPrelude to Foundation r

  8. says:

    I enjoyed this book than I probably should haveAs the name suggest it is the preuel to the Foundation series which is considered one of the best SF series ever What I liked about this book is the idea of the psycho history and also how the author imagined some of the worlds from Trantor Also the action was gripping if reading until 200am is a sign of that I have to admit however that the book is not a work of art The prose is uite simplis

  9. says:

    Finally After all these years I have finished the first book of Foundation What exactly took me so long I will never know I really enjoyed this work it's high uality SF with all the societal elements inserted in it all the uestions

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    Why he wondered did so many people spend their lives not trying to find answers to uestions—not even thinking of uestions to begin with Was there anything exciting in life than seeking answersNote As with other reviews in this series spoilers to followAfter five novels spanning as many centuries one might have supposed Asimov's stepwise tinkering with his Foundation universe had come to an end The adventures of Golan

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