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Title:Prelude to Foundation (Foundation Novels)
Authors:Isaac Asimov
Info:Spectra (1989), Mass Market Paperback, 493 pages
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The story's not at all interesting. But Asimov is the kind of writer that's always enjoyable to read on some level, even when he's writing about something boring. ( )
  comfypants | Apr 3, 2015 |
Prelude to Foundation is the story of how Hari Seldon came to Trantor and how he was persuaded to attempt to build psychohistory into a practical discipline. There are surprises and adventures and lots of talk about the ins and outs of psychohistory and why it would be so difficult to develop. There is also a looking back into the distant past and a possible first planet and some foreshadowing of his decision to create the two Foundations. I enjoyed Seldon's adventures but the book would work best for those already intrigued by Asimov's Foundation/Robot Universe.
  hailelib | Mar 8, 2015 |
It is the year 12,020 G.E. 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 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,... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 23, 2015 |
It is the year 12,020 G.E. 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 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... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 23, 2015 |
2nd or 3rd time reading this. I like revisiting the Trantorian Empire, or rather just Trantor. I like that Seldon was given a little more depth almost as much as I liked that he was a mysterious in the first Foundation book. That alone is worth reading. ( )
  fabooj | Feb 3, 2015 |
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CLEON I - The last Galactic Emperor of the Entun dynasty.
Suppressing a small yawn, Cleon said, "Demerzel, have you by any chance ever heard of a man named Hari Seldon?"
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Suppressing a small yawn, Cleon said, 'Demerzel, have you by any chance ever heard of a man named Hari Seldon?'
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It is the year 12,020 G.E. 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 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 mathematician 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 Empire... the man who holds the key to the future - an apocalyptic power to be know forever after as the Foundation.

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In the year 12,020 G.E., Hari Seldon arrives in the domed city of Trantor and begins to develop his theory of psychohistory, which predicts the rise of a power greater than the Empire.

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