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Prelude to Foundation

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

SUMMARY Prelude to Foundation

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. In the realm of science fiction Isaac Asimov s stories have always been my woobie This rings especially true for his Robot and Foundation series For me they re a literary panic room where I can escape the stress storms and never ending deadlines of the day to day ruckus into a much simpler time where the ambient happy is always turned way up Yesyesbefore you say it I ll acknowledge your gripes about Asimov and even concede to some of them Asimov wasn t as skilled a wordsmith as say Jack Vance but in fairness how many people were He wasn t as brilliantly thought provoking as Arthur C Clarke and rarely if ever used his writing to address important social issues as the likes of Heinlein Silverberg and Ellison did Finegrantedand SO what Asimov tales are just rousing good yarns told with an infectious Star Trek optimism that fills you up with the belief that humanity is destined for bigger brighter and better things His stories are warm cozy familiar and fun They re comfort food a shot of optimism for the soul like mom s chicken soup Therefore as this is my own biased subjective review I shall give a hall pass to the grandmaster regarding his tendency towards clunky dialogue his often unornamented transparent characters and his occasional deus ex machina plot conveniences They exist and this acknowledgement is as close to criticism of these stories as I intend to come PLOT SUMMARY Written in 1988 a uarter century after the original Foundation Trilogy this long awaited prelude to the classic series covers a critical period in the evolution of psychohistory Beginning soon after Hari Seldon s moment of eureka when he first envisions the future chaperoning science as nothing than a curious philosophical impracticality to the momentous events that lead to Hari s realization that psychohistory has the potential to be developed as a practical effective tool against the Galactic Empire s pending collapse Taking place entirely on Empire s capital Trantor the story covers what is known as the Flight during which Seldon is forced into hiding from Eto Demerzel the Emperor s Chief of Staff who wants Hari s new science to be employed for the political benefit of Emperor Cleon I While on the run Hari travels across the massive planet with its population of than 40Billion and interacts with various cultures These interactions slowly work to remove the can t do fog from Hari s perception of psychohistory Ohand there s also a chubby raising tie in to Asimov s robot novels that does a great deal to smooth out some of the earlier inconsistencies between the two series and lays the foundation no pun for a merging of the two series that had begun in Robots and Empire THOUGHTSUhIt s goodIt s funIt s comfortingFlaws aside the Foundation Trilogy was the first science fiction story I ever read and it began my love affair with the genre that continues to this day Thus these stories will always hold a special place for me and I don t believe I ll ever discontinue to view them fondlyAnd with good reason I thinkAsimov was a master at the big idea He was an artist who painted stories on a ginormous canvas depicting mega events and larger than life characters The mind bogglingly large galaxy spanning empire he created for the Foundation series was the prototype for all of the vast galactic civilizations that came afterHe thought big he wrote big he entertained big Yeah I ll take that NowI did have one fanboy gripe about this installment and it stems from my frustrated desire to learn finally from Asimov the nuts and bolts of psych historical analysis Logically I grant that any such explanation had no chance of meeting my expectations and that Asimov being as astute as he was correctly decided not to provide revelations about the inner workings of the science By maintaining the mystery he avoided any taint upon the majesty of the idea Still I was a tad bummed by the lack in this areaOh well I enjoyed myself and I loved that the story filled in gaps in both the Foundation series and the Robot novels Worth a read it will make you smile40 stars Highly Recommended Nominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

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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


About the Author: Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov was a Russian born American author a professor of biochemistry and a highly successful writer best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science booksProfessor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time having written or edited than 500 books and an estimated 90000 letters and postcards He has works published in nine o



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 Foundation series For me they’re a literary panic room where I can escape the stress storms and never

  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

  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 Foundation which is really a shorts collection than a novel despite the fact that the stories do flow very well together Hari Seldon i

  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 chaoti

  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 diverse societies of Trantor with their rituals structures foods ways of living and just the p

  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 t

  7. says:

    Well wasn't this a dreadful little book?It'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 reads li

  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 auth

  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 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 spa

  10. says:

    Why he wondered did so many people spend their lives not trying to find answers to uestions—not even thinking

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