Prelude to Foundation

Mass Market Paperback, 434 pages

English language

Published Oct. 1, 1991 by Bantam.

ISBN:
978-0-553-27839-2
Copied ISBN!
Goodreads:
76687

View on Inventaire

4 stars (39 reviews)

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.

1 edition

Mixed feelings.. rose tinted glasses?

2 stars

I remember reading Asimov in HS, which was a lot of years ago. After watching Foundation I wanted to go back and re-read the original source material to see if I could recall the differences and just to recall Asimov's style.

I.. I had trouble reading it. Maybe I've grown too far afield of early(er) Sci-Fi. It was theatrical, like a stage play. It was expositional--heavily, like a stage play. Its ideas were narrow and very not-so-subtle rebrands of what existed in the world. I understand that the future is hard to see to early Sci-Fi but Prelude was written in 1988 which is a far cry from 1970, which is a far cry from 1960+ where when I go to far flung years of sci-fi and they talk about a flying bladed something--it seems unimaginable, but in 1988 recasting movies, books, cars, Amish culture.. just seemed disappointing.

So I'm …

avatar for Monirah

rated it

5 stars
avatar for teresamacedo

rated it

5 stars
avatar for Manzabar

rated it

3 stars
avatar for m4cb3th

rated it

5 stars
avatar for sidmitra

rated it

5 stars
avatar for jazz

rated it

2 stars
avatar for lumii

rated it

5 stars
avatar for mbraagaard

rated it

5 stars
avatar for lilyjreads

rated it

4 stars
avatar for mjohanning

rated it

4 stars
avatar for rmcminds

rated it

5 stars
avatar for cherold

rated it

4 stars
avatar for chill

rated it

4 stars
avatar for jamesbrooks

rated it

4 stars
avatar for dan80

rated it

4 stars
avatar for deathgrindfreak

rated it

5 stars
avatar for hamish

rated it

4 stars
avatar for Pablonaj

rated it

3 stars
avatar for HokieGeek

rated it

4 stars
avatar for bracegirdle

rated it

4 stars
avatar for Eyeshine

rated it

3 stars
avatar for BigJay

rated it

5 stars
avatar for jhaase

rated it

3 stars
avatar for Shtakser

rated it

5 stars
avatar for khavorka

rated it

3 stars
avatar for tronicdude

rated it

5 stars
avatar for wzhkevin

rated it

4 stars
avatar for bentreegecko

rated it

4 stars
avatar for termie

rated it

4 stars
avatar for jarmbruster

rated it

4 stars
avatar for paulo

rated it

4 stars
avatar for drizzy

rated it

4 stars
avatar for d4rko

rated it

3 stars

Subjects

  • Science Fiction
  • Fiction

Lists