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Forward the Foundation by Isaac Asimov
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Although chronologically one of the middle books in Asimov's Foundation series, this was the final book to be completed by Asimove before his own death in the early 1990s. It charts the development of psychohistory from the merest fumblings that Seldon had at the end of Prelude to Foundation to a ppoint where the Psychohistory Foundation was able to send out the Encyclopedists that were to become the nucleus of the new empire.

This was a bit of a mix; as always Asimov is great when developing the grand sweep of history but some of the detailed plot items do depand rather too much on deus ex machina solutions almost as if he had to force the Seldon of this story back onto the track of the Seldon of the original Foundation trilogy. ( )
  JohnFair | Jun 13, 2014 |
Ah, well. The end of an age for me.

I've been listening to the Foundation audio books for the past 7 months - consistently but not exhaustively. Now that they're finished - for I conclude that this is the last of the Foundation novels - I feel a little empty and wispy.

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In comparison to the other Foundation novels, the plot here was a bit transparent. I found myself anticipating turns and twists, which is altogether disappointing for an Asimov fan. The writing is well done and, stylistically, more emotionally nuanced. Supposing that Asimov wrote this biographical account of Harry Seldon in the twilight years of his own career as a 'father figure' of sorts, it's easy to understand the origin of this style.

I'm satisfied with the way I read this series: starting with the original three Foundation novels. The myth of Harry Seldon is almost better kept so, a mystery. ( )
  konrad.katie | Apr 24, 2014 |
Having read all the other foundation books first, reading this prequel was highly enjoyable. We finally discover how Hari Seldon created psychohistory. How he encountered and dealt with each titanic obstacle to create the greatest magnum opus. Thanks to the tenacity and insight of one man, the interregnum will last 'only' one thousand years, instead of thirty.

Finally a lot is revealed but I cannot help to found wanting to know more! There are many references to Hari's earlier life when he had to 'flee' all over Trantor and where he met Danneel and Dors, yet none of them actually tell the story... ( )
1 vote IAmAndyPieters | Nov 3, 2013 |
A stunning testament to his creative genius. *Forward The Foundation* is a the saga's dramatic climax -- the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, *Forward The Foundation* brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire,

### From Publishers Weekly

The late Grand Master of science fiction brings his most famous work, the epic Foundation series, to a posthumous close in this volume. Returning to the format of earlier books in the saga, he presents the story in discrete, novella-length segments, finally grappling with the figure at the center of the entire series: the adult Hari Seldon, creator of psychohistory and father of the Foundation itself (the young Seldon was featured in the previous series novel, Prelude to Foundation ). Here, Seldon confronts various threats to the Empire or to the psychohistory project, thwarting them for the most part by his characteristic brand of informed intuition. In part I, Seldon recognizes the rise of a dangerous anti-Imperial movement led by the charismatic Jo-Jo Joranum, and defuses it while simultaneously backing into the post of First Minister. In the second segment (of five), Seldon narrowly avoids an attempt on his life but cannot prevent the assassination of the Emperor Cleon I. Seldon faces personal as well as political setbacks while civilization crumbles. This volume neatly sews up the series, though it offers few real surprises. Most interesting is the glimpse it affords of Asimov himself, obviously personified in Seldon. The psychohistorian's vast intellectual interest, his concern for the future of learning in a time of decline, and his frustration in the face of mortality, ring true with special poignance. Asimov's fans should savor this final taste of his unique persona.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

### From School Library Journal

YA-This prequel to the "Foundation" series chronicles the life of Hari Sheldon as he struggles with his developing science of psychohistory in order to secure humanity's survival. It works best when read in conjunction with the previous six titles. However, Asimov has left readers with a fascinating portrayal of a man set against the backdrop of the "rise and fall of the galactic empire." It is well written and peopled with believable characters. Essential for all science-fiction collections.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. ( )
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  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Another prequel - HELP!
  Chris.Graham | Jul 30, 2013 |
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A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax -- the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire,

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In this stunning finale to one of the greatest science fiction adventures of all time, Asimov looks back to the development of one of science fiction's most popular creations: the science of Psychohistory, which predicts the actions of society.

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