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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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Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov (1988)



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A fifties book, written in the eighties. I really enjoyed reading the Foundation trilogy a long time ago, this however now reads as very outdated. ( )
  freetrader | Sep 18, 2015 |
Worse than [b:Foundation|29579|Foundation (Foundation, #1)|Isaac Asimov|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1386922291s/29579.jpg|1783981]. Not as bad as [b:The Gods Themselves|41821|The Gods Themselves|Isaac Asimov|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1351076141s/41821.jpg|1253407]. [a:Asimov|16667|Isaac Asimov|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1341965730p2/16667.jpg] is a great short story writer who is bad at novels. He has no grasp of character. His books -- particularly this one -- are nothing by 50 Isaac Asimovs talking to each other. Asimov the Emperor, Asimov the historian, Asimov the street rat, Asimov the mathematician. Everyone shares the same personality and all that defines them is hair color, eye color, and occupation. There is no depth to any of them except the author's own depth. ( )
  Victor_A_Davis | Sep 18, 2015 |
The first chronological novel in Asimov’s Foundation series centers on Hari Seldon’s travels after giving his first lecture at a mathematics conference on Trantor, which showed the theoretical possibility of psychohistory. When multiple political groups take this to mean he can predict the future, Seldon becomes a highly valued commodity to numerous political figures. The next day the Emperor meets Seldon personally to ask about psychohistory, and soon after Seldon is attacked by men in a park.
The reporter Chetter Hummim aids Seldon in escaping, and helps to keep Seldon free of the forces trying to control him… if Seldon agrees to try to make psychohistory truly work. Hummim is certain that the Galactic Empire is degenerating and dying, and he hopes that if Seldon can make psychohistory practical a way out can be found. Seldon and his friend/bodyguard Dors travel to various socioeconomic and cultural regions of Trantor as Seldon grows ever closer to creating a working framework for psychohistory. Meanwhile, the Emperor’s aid (and the de factor emperor) Demerzel follows in their steps laying traps to catch Seldon. As this happens the men and women who will become immortalized in the Encyclopedia Galactica as those central to Seldon’s life and the creation of psychohistory begin to come into contact with Seldon during the time known as ‘The Flight’.
This is perhaps the most interesting of the Foundation novels I have read so far, creating a number of diverse cultures and introducing a fascinating series of key characters. From early on my favorite was Hummim, though both Dors and Seldon are strong as well, especially as they grow more fleshed out throughout the course of the novel. ( )
  Ailinel | May 1, 2015 |
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 |
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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?"
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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