Forward the Foundation (Foundation (Chronological Order) Prequel 2)
"The breathtaking conclusion to the greatest science fiction epic of all time" is a strange thing to say about a book that serves as a second prequel...and not the last of the series either.
"The Foundation series has enthralled readers for more than 40 years, and this work is a dramatic climax." Again, for a prequel, and, frankly, it's not particularly dramatic.
"A moving valedictory performance..." which means...I'm not sure what...
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As I read 'Prelude' first, and got accustomed to the later writing style of Asimov before getting to the Foundation Trilogy, it was easy for me to rejoin Hari, Dors, and Raych. The book is separated in sections by character focus, similar to others of the series. Each section jumps forward in time,...more
While the main focus is on the trials and tribulations of psychohistory, there are glimpses at Seldon's humanity. He worries about dying and losing those closest to him. He feels age begin to wear on his body, making him slower and more dependent on others. He fails and makes mistakes. This full characterization of Seldon makes him into someone the reader would...more
Just read the first 3 books in the series, the rest is a bit of a let down.
L'impero galattico rischia la rovina: al suo centro la città di Trantor, capitale e cuore dell'Impero percorso da venti di rivolta, vacilla. E' l'ultima battaglia per Hari Sheldon, il creatore della Psicostoria, l'unico strumento scientifico in grado di prevedere il fututro ed eventualmente correggerlo. E' l'ultima battaglia per il misterioso Demerzel, mitico robot umanoide che da ventimila anni agisce sotto svariate identità nella Galassia per aiutare il pacifico sviluppo del genere umano. Una...more
Llevo leídas la saga de los robots, la del imperio y las dos precuelas a la fundación y por ahora solo tengo claro que la magia de la saga de los robots se acabó en la magnífica "Robots e Imperio". Aún...more
The last Foundation book Asimov wrote (1993) is the also the one right before the original trilogy begins (1951). Like the earlier 'prequel' novel, this book just kind of meanders without much of a central conflict or plot. There are some tie-ins to other Foundation works or his other series, but ultimately, but book just kind of plods along. The character dynamics (never Asimov's strong suit) are particularly unsatisfying as there isn't enough external stimul...more
The only thing, in my opinion, that saves this book is Dors and Demerzel. They are awesome, awesome characters and a true continuation of Asimov work about robots. Ah, also, Wanda Seldon is pretty impressive too; if a bit stuck inside very narrow actions: she's too perfect and has too little grey area, in my opinion, to be a complete character.
The book is generally boring, it has too many conversations that could have been avoidable and that just are there to fill pages...more
Spanning 49 years, it covers 5 episodes at roughly 10 year interval as Seldon (and the empire) face crises that could end psychohistory before it can take off. It is a bit disjointed and there is little character development, with the cast of characters (more or less fully developed) being...more
It, together with Prelude to Foundation, tell the life of Hari Seldon, the legendary Psychohistorian, whose mathematical model predicts and influences human history after his death, in the Foundation trilo...more
There is a very clear progression in Asimov's writing style over the years. Although he never entirely overcame his fundamental geekine...more
Last fall I began reading Asimov's novels for the first time, starting with Foundation. The order in which you read these novels completely changes the impact of any given work. Most of the novels contain surprises, but depending upon the order in which you read Asimov's books ... what was meant as a surprise might not be a surprise to the reader. And what was not meant as a surprise be...more
Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te...more
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