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    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 Yes yes before 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 Fine granted and 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 quarter 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 Oh.and 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 THOUGHTS Uh It s goodIt s fun It s comforting Flaws 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 fondly.And with good reason, I think.Asimov 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 after.He 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 area.Oh 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 smile.4.0 stars Highly Recommended Nominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

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    THAT twist.

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    What I have done is to prove that it is possible to choose starting conditions from which historical forecasting does not descend into chaotic conditions, but can become predictable within limits However, what those starting conditions might be I do not know, nor am I sure that those conditions can be found by any one person or by any number of people in a finite length of time. That is pretty much the gist of what Hari Seldon, Asimov s most iconic character, tries to accomplish in Prelude to Foundation, the sixth Foundation book to be published but the very first in chronological order If you are considering reading this classic sci fi series I personally recommend reading them in publication order rather than chronological order Originally Asimov had no plan to write than three Foundation books so clearly, the original trilogy have to stand on its own and there is no reason to read the prequels to follow them Come to think of it I always recommend reading all series books in publication order, if you need to read the prequels in order to understand the original books then those original books leave something to be desired More on this topic in the notes section after the review.Hari Seldon is the genius mathematicians who developed psychohistory which he uses to guide the destiny of the entire human race scattered across the galaxy In the original trilogy Seldon is a very wise old man, here for the first time we meet the legendary man in his thirties He has just conceived of psychohistory as a mathematical concept but has no idea how to make it practical At the beginning of Prelude to Foundation he is presenting his paper on psychohistory at a convention of mathematicians held in Trantor, the capital of the Galactic Empire The sensational idea of theoretically being able to predict history using mathematics brings him to the attention of Cleon I, the Galactic Emperor and his formidable henchman Eto Demerzel After summoning Seldon to quiz him about the practicality of psychohistory the Emperor lets him go but keeps him under surveillance in case he manages to make something useful out of his theory Soon after his interview with Cleon, he meets a reporter called Chetter Hummin who convinces him to go on the run as the Emperor are about to pursue him and use him for political gains once he has time to consider the potential of Seldon s theory Seldon goes to Streeling University for sanctuary where he meets Dors Venabili who understand the importance of Seldon s work and decide to protect him from his pursuers When they do come calling Seldon and Dors go on the run, with the advice of Hummin they seek sanctuary in various administrative sectors of Trantor Each sector they stay in has very distinctive, peculiar culture and social s The authorities eventually catches up with him with surprising result.Trantor, one world, one cityBasically, the plot of Prelude to Foundation is Seldon and Dors on the run moving from one sector of the planet to another, experiencing each sector s weird culture, discovering clues, and getting into trouble picking up an Artful Dodger like street urchin called Raych along the way Eventually, they come face to face with Demerzel and the denouement is quite unpredictable and amusing.For the first half of the book Prelude to Foundation moves at a leisurely pace and, like Asimov s other 80s novels features lengthy stretches of dialogue The substance of the conversations is generally interesting enough not to grind the narrative to a halt, but the original trilogy is much tightly written On the other hand, in the 80s Asimov was interested in developing characters These characters are not particularly deep or subtly nuanced but they are quite likable and accomplish than just driving the plot forward Asimov was not great prose stylist but there is plenty of charm in his narrative, he seems to be having fun writing the book, gleefully including terrible puns, mischievous bits of dialogue and pulling the rug from under the reader s feet.It seems that the main idea of Prelude to Foundation is to take a closer look at psychohistory One criticism of the original trilogy that I have seen is the basic tenet of psychohistory, which has been criticized as not only impossible but unbelievable I suspect Asimov was aware of this criticism and uses it as a major theme for this novel If you are critical of the use of psychohistory in the original trilogy I don t know if Prelude to Foundation will change your mind, personally, I never minded Asimov s concept to begin with Still, this book gives psychohistory of a background and I dig it Prelude to Foundation is mostly an entertaining and pleasant read, it does become a little loquacious and dry from time to time not intolerably so, but less of that stuff would have been nice However, fans of the series should not miss it Forward the Foundation next Notes Trantor is both a planet and a city, it is an ecumenopolis , a single continuous worldwide city It is, however, divided into hundreds of sectors with around 50 million people in each Asimov did not invent Psychohistory but he did popularize it As I mentioned earlier, if you have never read the Foundation series before, I recommend starting with the original trilogy from the 50s Having said that, Asimov himself recommends the chronological order which would mean starting with this book, Prelude to Foundation However, this website shows Prelude as a supplementary volume Basically, it is entirely up to you Not reading the series at all is not an option Asimov has a funny conception of e book readers, some kind of cumbersome book viewer with a projector, not even portable There is a surprisingly violent scene with infliction of bodily harm and blood letting I don t remember any Foundation or indeed any Asimov books with this kind of action So much for Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent from the original Foundation book It is quite fun, though.Quotes Psychohistory The possibility of organizing the natural laws of society in such a way as to make it possible to anticipate the future with a substantial degree of probability No sane man wants to uphold an Imperial system that maintains itself by fostering mutual hatred and suspicions Even when it seems to work, it can only be described as metastable that is, as too apt to fall into instability in one direction or another Why do we need millions of worlds, distant worlds that mean nothing to us, that weaken us, that draw our forces far away from us into meaningless cubic parsecs of space, that drown us in administrative chaos, that ruin us with their endless quarrels and problems when they are all distant nothings as far as we are concerned Somebody wants to Trantorexit

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    Prelude to Foundation Foundation Prequel, 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 prequels to the Foundation series For the first time, Asimov chronicles the fictional life of Hari Seldon, the man who invented psychohistory and the intellectual hero of the series 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 known forever after as the Foundation 1994 1372 572 20

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    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 prequel.It 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 is already an old man The whole premise is based upon his having mathematically predicted the future using a technique of his own devising called psychohistory He is, from page one, a legend.Prelude to Foundation attempts to chronicle Hari s invention of psychohistory as a young man The story flows much like the plot of a B action movie, right down to Hari having some small martial arts skills The young, hasty, Hari is a far less compelling hero than the iconic genius who has mathematically determined how to shorten ten thousand years of barbarism to just one thousand.Of course, Asimov is a good enough storyteller that it all hangs together decently But there s a lot of books out there to be had, and plenty of other choices even just in the Asimov shelf that are better.

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    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 physical structure of the world itself, with multiple layers and a surface covered with sand and the occasional forest, made for fun reading As for the disappointments, although it is probably a clich at this point, I could not stand the squareness of the dialogue, the clumsy yet regular attempts at sexual innuendo, and the thinness of some all of the characters Also, and probably frustrating for me, was how the protagonist, a supposedly brilliant mathematician we are never privy as to why s or how s of his brilliance develops psychohistory, the in my opinion unfortunately named new science that is supposed to save the Galactic empire If something so complicated and so important is to be developed by someone so brilliant, I wanted to see the work the sweat, the long hours poured into research and calculations over burning candle at midnight in the Mycogen sector, and I wanted to see the pieces of this powerful science falling into place with some greater tightly wrought logic.

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    Universe .

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    This really wasn t that bad in fact I enjoyed it quite 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 left.I 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 Prequals to the latter or sequels to the former It doesn t really matter, because all this book is and I expect the other prequal sequel too is a gap filler.So 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 quest 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 political economic 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 insulted.The 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.

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    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 the original Foundation trilogy I read in the late 70s, along with several of his other novels.I 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 series.Prelude to Foundation reads like it was written by a somewhat over intelligent twelve year old who then handed it off to a university professor with absolutely no sense of humour to do final edits I ve decided, at least for this book, that Asimov is the exact antithesis of both Stephen R Donaldson and El Leonard, for different things.Where Donaldson loves to write pages and pages and pages of dialogue where characters are consistently frustrated because they need answers to questions and Donaldson actually has them mull the precise questions over in their minds but never verbalize them then become angry when they can t find the answers they seek, despite talking around the real question but somehow never getting to it Asimov, on the other hand, just has the most bare bones, unnuanced conversations you ll ever read There s no subtext, there s no ulterior motives, there s only straight, unvarnished, completely honest talk If a character needs to ask something, he asks it, and the answer comes If a character needs to argue, he busts out logic and the other side accepts that logical argument and moves on It s awful.Then there s El Leonard, a man who built a career out of having characters speak and their speech sang with humanity They sounded real, they sounded wonderful, they often spoke in circles, or buried their answers in sarcasm or venom They rarely gave straight answers, always with some other angle they were playing, but by god, you could hear that talking in your head like the characters were in the room with you Asimov, on the other hand, writes the driest, most uninspired, overly logical, overly factual dialogue you ll find this side of a first time author s unedited self published book It s awful.There s no nuance There s no blind alleys There s no personality There s no exploration of humanity or interpersonal relationships There s only facts If Hari Seldon is in a bind and needs to find a way out of it, the very next person he ll meet is the precise one he needs to meet at that time Then there s the stunning differences in the various areas of the planet he explores We think hair is disgusting or If I shave my mustache, I am eliminating my manhood Yes, they may have some parallels in the real world, but when speculating on humankind 20,000 years in the future, this is the best you could do And then, there s the theoretical point of the novel, where Hari Seldon gains the breakthrough that allows him to turn his theoretical psycho historical projections into a practical application It happens off stage and is delivered in the most uninspiring, anti climactic scene I may have ever read.Look, Asimov was a brilliant man But, for a guy with over 500 books under his belt, I expected a hell of a lot talent with basic characters and dialogue here This was absolutely, without a doubt, terrible, and it s this type of book that s held up as an example of why non SF readers don t read the genre.There s nothing to be found here Move on.

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    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 quality SF, with all the societal elements inserted in it, all the questions 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.

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Prelude to Foundation download Prelude to Foundation, read online Prelude to Foundation, kindle ebook Prelude to Foundation, Prelude to Foundation 5fc96ce2c1c1 It Is The Year , 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 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 Empiree Man Who Holds The Key To The Future An Apocalyptic Power To Be Known Forever After As The Foundation