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Forward the Foundation (Foundation (Chronological Order) Prequel 2)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  23,550 ratings  ·  312 reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. In the final novel of the "Foundation" series, Hari Seldon struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory while the great Galactic Empire totters on the brink of apocalyptic collapse.
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1993)
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Sesana
Varies from not bad to pretty good. It almost feels more like a trio of connected novellas than one cohesive novel, which is not necessarily a bad thing. But for the most part, the sequences of events seem a little too convenient. That said, the characters are pretty decent, and the female characters are significantly more capable and well-rounded than I'm used to seeing from these Great Old SF Masters, and indeed from some of Asimov's own older works. Maybe I would have appreciated it more if I ...more
Stephen
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Excellent book and another good installment to the Foundation series. Not quite up to the level of the original trilogy, but still an excellent read. Recommended!!!
Eric
Mar 23, 2013 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eric by: Those reading the entire series
Shelves: sci-fi
The critical reviews of this book are astounding.
"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...

Little known f
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ttrygve
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Peter
"Forward the Foundation", Asimov's last novel (written just before his death, published just after), suffers from all the problems of "Prelude to Foundation" only magnified tenfold. Once again, Hari Seldon is transmogrified into an action hero to save the crisis of the day in a prequel to the older and vastly superior Foundation novels. Unlike Prelude, however, there's not enough going on outside the short-term arc to make this one worthwhile. It's just plain silly. Part of what makes the Founda ...more
Steven Peterson
In terms of Asimov's writing, this is the last work exploring the Foundation; the copyright date is actually after his death. As some have noted, there is something of a contradiction here. By the time the Foundation series ends (with "Foundation and Earth"), the Foundation is kaput in terms of the future, and Galaxia is to take its place. So, to make his last novel a Hari Seldon novel is a bit strange. Still and all, though, this is a fascinating novel.

There are a couple other books that link t
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Max Anadon
This is actually the second prequel to the Foundation Trilogy, and the last book Asimov wrote (see the Author's note in Prelude to Foundation for the chronology of the series vs. when actually penned).

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,
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Scott Rhee
Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series is considered to be one of the best sci-fi series ever written. That is perhaps a matter of personal opinion, but it is clear that Asimov has staying power based on the popularity of his books, roughly sixty years after many of them were published. "Forward the Foundation" is actually, in terms of the storyline's chronology, the second book in the series, a sequel to "Prelude to Foundation" and the book leading in to "Foundation", but it was actually the most r ...more
Shivesh
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Eva Nickelson
This book is really five short stories highlighting portions of Seldon's life. It is well-written, highly consistent, and moves fluidly.

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
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Cal
Well, I'm trying to read Foundation in the order Asimov suggests, so that makes this the second one I've read. It was decent, readable.. I was really disappointed that Daneel was only in the first fourth though ;_; still, the rest was easy to get through and interesting.. I know it sets up for his original trilogy which gets such strong reviews that I'm really curious what it is like. It was weird being jerked around in time so often, ten years here, ten years there, but I can see that it was ne ...more
Andrew Obrigewitsch
I think this book was the worst of the Foundation Series and frankly is completely different from the impression one gets of Harry Seldon's past when reading the first Foundation book.

Just read the first 3 books in the series, the rest is a bit of a let down.
Matteo Pellegrini

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

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Suchitra
glad that i still have many more asimov books left to read. enjoyed this one as much as most of his. but not his best.
David Andrés
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Daniorte
Este libro se puede ver como la segunda parte de la precuela de la Fundación. En mi caso estoy leyendo la serie de Asimov en el orden cronólogico que él mismo recomienda en el prologo de "Hacia la Fundación", que no es el mismo que el orden de publicación. http://www.raveau.cl/literatura/la-gu....

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
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Brandon
I am now more convinced than ever that the prequel books should not be read prior to reading Foundation. Forward the Foundation really couldn't stand on its own. Most of the book felt like it was just skimming Hari Seldon's life by picking out major moments and telling those stories. In fact this book covers numerous decades of Seldon's life. The redemption of this book was the final part where psychohistory really developed. The ending hinted at a very interesting world for the Foundation serie ...more
Marek
Fundacja (oraz cały przekrój jej dziejów) okrzyknięta jest jedną z najlepszych powieści sc-fi , traktowana jako klasyk tej literatury nie wywołała u mnie wielkiego entuzjazmu, którego można byłoby się spodziewać po tak utytułowanej różnymi nagrodami i wyróżnieniami serii. Cała opowieść dotyczy tworzenia się, upadku i powrotu do świetności Galaktycznego Imperium. Składa się głównie z siedmiu pozycji, jednakże w przypadku Asimova wszystko, co kiedykolwiek napisał odnośnie sci-fi znajduje się w jed ...more
Octavia Cade
I've always thought sequels wend their way slowly downhill and this is no exception. Decently written, as always, but by this time the Foundation series is highly repetitive - how many times must we (and every other non-Seldon character) be told that psychohistory is hard, hard, and will likely never be practicable? Because in the last few books I have the impression that's all I've been reading. (And the few occasions on which psychohistory does manage to achieve something seem indistinguishabl ...more
Christopher
"The Domestic Life of Hari Seldon."

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
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Reid
The 2nd prequel, and 2nd half of the backstory of Hari Seldon and psychohistory. Not quite as enjoyable as Prelude (both more enjoyable than Foundation), but it pretty much finishes Hari’s story and we get to see more glimpses of the development of the theory, and his hardships along the way, to make it a working science.
Katie
I enjoyed it in the way that I always enjoy a prequel that closes the gap and meets back up with the original novel, and I enjoyed all the first little seeds of later happenings, but it wasn't anything mindblowing. Just a solid, alright kind of installment in the Foundation universe.
sologdin
affixes protagonist at center of setting. (y'all killing me with this.). novelty is that this perspective is simply the best seat in the house to watch the setting disintegrate, which ties in nicely with the foucauldian dissymmetry of vision created by psychohistory.
Catpow3r 
This kinda has spoilers.
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
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Brian Sergi
While not as mind-blowing as Prelude to Foundation, Asimov nevertheless presents another entertaining segment of Seldon's adventures as he pieces together fragments of stories that span the 40 years after Prelude. Asimov stays true to his characters, particularly Seldon, who despite managing to extricate himself from one too many situation a bit too easily is an agreeable character. Moreover, Asimov continues to develop psycho-history in a way that is both realistic and exciting, a true challeng ...more
Andrea
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Juliana Rodrigues
What a enjoyable book! On this pages it's the tale of how Hari Seldon spent his whole life working on psychohistory. Almost 50 years of work, through which he endured not only hard work but reverses, disbelieve, distraction, threats to his safety, causalities, funding problems...
His work became his life, and his life became his job. Seldon family helped him more than one time and always at the critical points. And seeing his interactions through time with his friends, coworkers, family and sup
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Bookhode
I feel quite conflicted about this book. On one hand, it served as a great prequel to the original Foundation trilogy, because it really tied up all loose ends, and completed the entire story about the development of psychohistory and how the foundations were created. Asimov also made sure to include some of his favorite topics, such as robots and mental powers, and give them prominent roles in this story. There was also a very nice explanation of how the Zeroth law of robotics works in practice ...more
Mutlu Cankay
Seldon’un kaçışı ve Wye bölgesinde başarısız olmuş darbe girişiminden 8 sene sonra, Sterling Üniversitesi’nde Matematik bölüm başkanlığı yapan Hari, Yugo Amaryl ile birlikte psikotarihi geliştirmektedir. Yükselen bir hareketin lideri olan Joranum, psikotarihi açıkça talep eden tehlikeli bir demagog, fikirlerini ialn etmekten çekinmeyecek kadar da kibirli. Popülist akımın demagog liderin yarattığı politik gerilimi istemeden de olsa üzerine çeken Hari, sessiz sakin kuramını geliştirmek için Demerz ...more
Thomas
And with this volume, I bring to a close the Foundation series by Asimov (sort of; I'm still planning on reading the Benford-Bear-Brin books, since those at least have a pretty devoted following, too). I'm partly glad to be finished, since the stories tended to be somewhat repetitious and lacking in vivid characterization, but after all that Asimov did with the series and how he pulled it together with his other major science fiction novels, part of me wonders where he would have gone with it ha ...more
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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 books.

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“Goodbye, Hari, my love. Remember always--all you did for me.”
           
-I did nothing for you.”
           
-You loved me and your love made me--human.”
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