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Prelude to Foundation (Foundation (Publication Order) #6)

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Alternate cover edition for ISBN: 9780586071113

It is 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'd see him fall, those whom he'd destroy
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 22nd 1994 by Voyager (first published 1988)
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Jun 18, 2007 Peter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 more 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
Dec 04, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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 cliché at this point, I could not stand the squareness of the dialogue, th ...more
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
Feb 16, 2009 kellyn rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was about 13 or 14 and loved it. Re-reading it almost ten years later lets me read it with a depth I couldn't have at 13. Asimov was such a genius, writing in the 1940's with a prophetic political and technological imagination. (Granted, this was written in the 1980's as a prequel to the books written in the 40's).
He writes the dialogue with a clinical edge that really makes you feel you're hearing people from an entirely different society speaking. At the same time the descr
Joel Simon
Sep 14, 2009 Joel Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Foundation book, and my second Asimov book (I, Robot was the first). Even though written later than the original books in the Foundation series, I decided to read it first because it is in chronological order of the story. I will never know whether or not this was the right thing to do and I can see from other readers' comments that many Asimov fans found this book to be disappointing. So in a way it is good that I read this Foundation book first because things will get even be ...more
Max Anadon
Oct 15, 2009 Max Anadon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've only read limited science fiction, and although I'd bought most of the Foundation series a few years ago, I had avoided reading it because I was intimidated by 'I-Robot' author, Asimov. I thought it would be unreadable in the way Focault's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco, was for me (I'll take another stab at that sometime).

Not only did I find it readable, but it was quite enjoyable. It moved at a good pace, following the young mathematician, Hari Seldon, around the 800 domed world planet Trandor
Kevin J. Rogers
Sep 18, 2010 Kevin J. Rogers rated it liked it
Every once in a while an author is forced, whether by their publisher or their public, to write an unnecessary book. I think this is one of those cases, and Asimov nearly admits as much in his Author's Note; as he explains, he returned to the Foundation Series in 1982 (after a 25-year hiatus) because he was basically pressured to. Not that Prelude to Foundation is in any way a bad book--actually, it's pretty good, and were one to be completely unaware of the other Foundation books it would be, o ...more
Icten keskin
"pek çok şey mümkündür ama uygulanabilir değildir."
Jan 18, 2011 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You mean that something quite accidental came to be viewed as a tradition?" p.118

"No no. I mean 'primitive' only in that it has been known as long as our records go back, that its discovery is shrouded in the mists of antiquity as is that of fire or the wheel." p.168

"So you insult us by asking about out religion, as though we have ever called on a mystrious, insubstantial spirit to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves." p.230

"They would support, as such, even that perfectly ridiculous tale
Dec 30, 2010 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
This is my first experience with Asimov and I don't really see what all the fuss is about. Firstly, most science fiction writers simply cannot write. What I mean by this is that character, plot, style, incident and crisis are all subservient to science and ideology. This makes for an incredibly tedious read...and a predictable one. Secondly, I knew, suspected strongly, from the beginning who Demerzel/Hummin/Daneel were(I shan't say here) and this shattered most of the dramatic tension in the nov ...more
Feb 09, 2011 C. rated it it was ok
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 tha
May 14, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it
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I'm working on reading the Foundation-related books in internal chronological order. I've worked through the Robots and Empire books, and now I'm moving on to the Foundation books. Is this a good idea? It's probably still too soon for me to say. I imagine that somebody who's read Foundation would have a totally different reaction. For me, it was my first exposure to psychohistory, so it worked to see what I guess you could call the birth of the idea. I didn't need to see details into what exactl ...more
Muddle head
Dec 19, 2011 Muddle head rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favorites, sci-fi
Hard to review this without spoiling it for future readers. Would recommend one thing though - please read the robot series before this one. It helps you a lot in understanding and also in creating a sense of anticipation for the climax. This has got a couple of explosive twists in the last 20-30 pages, which, am sure, fans of the Robot series would enjoy a lot.

The novel starts with Hari being summoned by the present galactic emperor Cleon I, who wants to make use of Hari's theoretically possib
Jul 04, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
Most sci-fi founds have read the Foundation series from beginning to end. I was a late-comer to sci-fi and have only just finished reading most of the series. The first Foundation novels, written much earlier than the later ones, weren’t that appealing to me, despite their status as classic novels. I found them hard to read and a bit dull. (Shame on me, I know, but I’m not a diehard Asimov fan). Why then did I continue? Well, I happened to read “The Caves of Steel,” and I liked it a lot. Trantor ...more
Aug 09, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 19, 2013 Ob-jonny rated it it was amazing
This is the beginning prequel to the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov and takes place first chronologically. It was written in 1988 about 45 years after Foundation and the content is very different. I feel like this book could be made into a fantastic movie with all of the action, interesting places, and great character development. In contrast, Foundation written in 1944 is relatively dry and a little more work to read but still an amazing book.

I feel like Prelude was well-written in a few wa
Marco Segreto
Primo dei prequel Asimoviani sulla Fondazione, spiega i motivi che portano Hari Seldon (irriconoscibile rispetto alla figura miticizzata che troveremo in seguito, più umano) a mettere a punto ciò su cui verterà successivamente l'intero ciclo: la psicostoria.
E' un libro che può risultare interessante ad un fan, in quanto fornisce continuità alla storia, e un intreccio con le saghe dei robot e dell'impero, ma che si distacca dal ciclo canonico per banalità e stile, a mio parere, sottotono rispetto
Sep 03, 2013 Maanasa rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I did the unthinkable when it comes to reading the Foundation series and started with Prelude (I recently also finished Forward the Foundation and have started reading Foundation). I read the book slowly during my commute, and I found myself getting progressively more annoyed with how quickly I got to and from work. I felt like the book went 0-60 in no time as it immediately set a brisk pace that it would follow for the rest of the book. I found that the flight of Hari Seldon was both exciting a ...more
Oct 19, 2016 Victor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
If you have already read the Robots series, it's impossible not to rate 5 stars this book !
Apr 30, 2015 Tomislav rated it liked it
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Some day I'm going to read the novels of Asimov's future history in story order...

1 The End of Eternity (stand-alone) 1955
2 I, Robot (short stories) 1950
3 The Caves of Steel (Robot) 1954
4 The Naked Sun (Robot) 1957
5 The Robots of Dawn (Robot) 1983
6 Robots and Empire (Robot) 1985
7 The Stars, Like Dust (Empire) 1951
8 The Currents of Space (Empire) 1952
9 Pebble In The Sky (Empire) 1950
10 Prelude to Foundation (Foundation Prequel) 1988
11 Forward the Foundation (Foundation Prequel) 1991
12 Foundation
Sarah Alirezaee
بالاخره یک کتاب از آسیموف رو تموم کردم!
یادمه اولین باری هم که کتابِ ادبیات گمانهزن خوندم، کتابِ آسیموف بود که چون چهارم دبستان بودم گذاشتمش کنار و برگشتم سرِ به من بگو چراها و در جهان ریاضیات و نجوم و تاریخ و بدن انسان و فیزیک و اینا، این کتاب بزرگایی که پر از عکس بود. یه جورایی خیلی علاقه داشتم.
بنیاد خیلی خیلی خوب بود. یعنی وقتی داری در نظر میگیری که از تو به عنوان یه تاریخِ گم شده حرف میزنن حسِ بینهایت عجیبی داری و خب، شاید یه روزی اون آیندگان همه این نوشتهها رو بخونن، کی میدونه؟
این ریویو نیست
Michael Blackmer
Jan 17, 2016 Michael Blackmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I wish I would have discovered Asimov earlier in life. I knew of him of course but through a friend with similar interests I began to read Asimov's books in order. He writes well and I appreciate the deep philosophical thought that comes out in his efforts. Asimov explores the human condition, cultural shifts and rifts and even prejudice without making the reader feel like this is the motivation of the the story at hand. I find myself thinking of my own condition, society and culture as I read h ...more
Neo Marshkga
Apr 22, 2015 Neo Marshkga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Prelude to Foundation is the first prequel to the classic Sci-Fi saga, Foundation, written by Isaac Asimov.
This book starts before all the science that explains the Universe of the original Trilogy is fully developed.
We are drawn into a world where knowledge is on a constant state of decay, as the Empire itself.
After thousands of years, the Empire is so big and has extended so much, that several problems started to arise. The Universe is way too big, way too many planets compose the Galaxy, and
Jul 16, 2015 John rated it really liked it
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Prelude to Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #1)
Prelude to Foundation (Foundation (Publication Order) #6), Isaac Asimov
عنوان: سرآغاز بنیاد کهکشانی؛ نویسنده: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: پیمان اسماعیلیان خامنه؛ تهران، بنیاد مستضعفان و جانبازان، 1372، در 572 ص،
Faisal Ether
Apr 01, 2016 Faisal Ether rated it it was amazing
পরিলুড টু ফাউনডেশন আমার পরা আইসাক আসিমভ এর পরথম বই। অনেক দিন থেইকাই মাথায় ছিল যে আসিমভ এর কালজয়ী ফাউনডেশন সিরিজ টা পরন লাগব। কিনতু যুইত করতে পারতাসিলাম না, কেমনে শুরু করুম, কুনটা আগে কুনটা পরে। সমাধান দিল গুডরিডস, টরেনট আর মাই পকেট বুক এপ। পরথমে এই লিঙক এ গিয়া বাইর করলাম পুরা সিকোয়েনস টা। তারপর বই গুলা টরেনট থেইকা নামায় ফেললাম। এখন মাই পকেট বুক এপ দিয়া পড়তাসি একটা একটা কইরা। “মাই পকেট বুক” এনডরয়েড এর জনয একটা অসাধারন ই বুক রিডিং সফটয়ার। এইটা দিয়াই অফিসে ন ...more
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 ot ...more
50 a year
Mar 25, 2016 50 a year rated it really liked it
'Prelude to Foundation' by Isaac Asimov is an excellent prequel to Foundation – whereas that book was more like a collection of three stories, this one is a straightforward romp of a novel!

Read my full review on my blog:
Sep 10, 2016 Nicolás rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Muy bueno. Quizás al comienzo pueda percibirse un poco densa la historia pero vale la pena terminar el libro, del capitulo "Billibotton" en adelante se pueden empezar a sacar algunas conclusiones. El desenlace/final es genial, me gustó mucho.
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Ciclo de la Fundación (o Ciclo de Trántor)

- Prelude to Foundation (Preludio a la Fundación) . Primera precuela a la serie de la Fundación. Hari Seldon esboza las bases de la psicohistoria y queda atrapado en un
Oct 05, 2016 André rated it liked it
A mildly enjoyable and wander across a planet with a rather daft mathematician working on a theory that doesn't seem as important as everyone makes it out to be and his calmly badass female historian bodyguard friend. It's mostly enjoyable just for its adorable classic sci-fi-ness and then the last like 8% is like BAM IMMA BLOW YOUR MIND this whole book had a point the whole time after all!
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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.

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
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Foundation (Publication Order) (7 books)
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  • Second Foundation (Foundation, #3)
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  • Foundation and Earth (Foundation, #5)
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