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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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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,... ( )
  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... ( )
  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 |
This is the first, in order of reading, of Dr Asimov's books to be titled as a Foundation novel and it deals with the early life of Hari Seldon when he first arrives on Trantor and begins wondering about the possibilities of a science that could predict the direction of Human history. Seldon and Dors Venebilis go on the run from the Emperor's attempts to control Seldon and through him his new science.

Some of the 'action' scenes may seem a little laughable, but these have never been one of Asimov's strong points but this story does depend on the interactions between Seldon, Dor and those who help and hinder them and this is another area whre Asimove doesn't really shine over this length of story telling. ( )
  JohnFair | May 26, 2014 |
A long way from my favourite by "Uncle Isaac", but it does try to fill in the story of Hari Seldon a bit. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Dec 3, 2013 |
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CLEON I - The last Galactic Emperor of the Entun dynasty.
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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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