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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 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 suareness 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 The Big Golden Book of Poetry read the future Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory his NITRO: The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Collapse of Ted Turner's WCW remarkable theory of prediction Little does the young Outworld mathematic 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 Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, 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 The Non-Designer's Design Book (4th Edition) reading As for the disappointments although it is probably a clich at this point I could not stand the suareness of the dialogue the clumsy yet Homewrecker 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 Make your own model forts & castles 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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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 Well wasn t this a dreadful little bookIt 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 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 thingsWhere Donaldson loves to write pages and pages and pages of dialogue where characters are consistently frustrated because they need answers to uestions and Donaldson actually has them mull the precise uestions 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 uestion 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 awfulThen 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 awfulThere 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 20000 years in the future this is the best you could doAnd 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 readLook 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 genreThere s nothing to be found here Move on

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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 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 is already an old man The whole premise is based upon his having mathematically predicted the future using a techniue of his own devising called psychohistory He is from page one a legendPrelude 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 thousandOf 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


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 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

  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 the first time Asimov chronicles the fictional life of Hari Seldon the man who invented psychohistory and the intellectual hero o

  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 parti

  4. says:

    “What I have done is to prove that it is possible to choose starting conditions from which historical forecasting does n

  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 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 probabl

  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 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

  7. says:

    Well wasn't this a dreadful little bookIt'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 ou

  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 author imagined some of the worlds from Trantor Also the action was gripping if reading until 200am is

  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

  10. says:

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

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