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Forward the Foundation
Isaac Asimov
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Forward the Foundation (Foundation (Chronological Order) #2)

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In this stunning finale to one of the greatest science fiction adventures of all time, Asimov looks back to the development of one of science fiction's most popular creations: the science of Psychohistory, which predicts the actions of society.
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Published July 24th 1995 by Random House Value Publishing (first published 1993)
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Nov 12, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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!!!
Mar 23, 2013 Eric rated it liked it  ·  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
Jun 18, 2007 Peter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Simona Bartolotta
Aug 16, 2015 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
"Credo che a un occhio non allenato questo turbine multicolore sembrerebbe soltanto un guazzabuglio di numeri, figure e forme, ma per me -e Yugo, e Wanda, e Gaal- questa è la Psicostoria sbocciata alla vita."

Trovo che Asimov sia un autore fondamentale per un numero di ragioni talmente grande che, fantascientificamente parlando, neppure i trentamila anni di storia umana necessari per arrivare alle Fondazioni sarebbero sufficienti a esporle tutte e sviscerarle debitamente. Come è superfluo far not
Apr 17, 2008 ttrygve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ken Doggett
I've always loved the clarity and humor of Asimov's science articles, but I've never been a fan of his fiction, and this book points up why. The characters are cardboard throughout, and any human behavior he gives them seems contrived and thrown in as it occurs to the author that something is needed. Asimov never places you into the scene, and the reader is left watching from afar.

Forward the Foundation is the second prequel to his famous Foundation series, and it was written shortly before his
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
Steven Peterson
May 25, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Max Anadon
Jan 02, 2010 Max Anadon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Apr 05, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the last novel Isaac Asimov completed before his death in 1992, and it is pervaded by an undercurrent of mortality. Not only does this volume tie up most of the remaining loose ends in the sporadic Foundation series, but by focusing on the latter half of Hari Seldon's life, it provides Asimov with a platform for expressing his own views on growing older.

There is a very clear progression in Asimov's writing style over the years. Although he never entirely overcame his fundamental geekine
2'5/5 Un poco decepcionante, la verdad. Repetitivo y con un argumento un poco pueril.
VijayaRaghavan S N
From the snippets of descriptions that I read related to the previous book and this one, I was gearing up for details on psychohistory and how it was developed. Instead both these books breezes through the timeline of Hari Seldon and people revolving around him. It gives no details on the development of psychohistory and it's equations. Am I disappointed? I don't think so. I am not sure. Because I was taken aback by the new element introduced into his story telling by Mr Asimov. Emotions. Yeah. ...more
Carolina Feng
a leitura foi um pouco cansativa em alguns momentos, parecia que ele estava enchendo linguiça; não é dos melhores livros de Asimov. Acho que em termos de suspense, resolução de mistérios e grandes reviravoltas é o mais fraco de todos sete livros. A parte mais interessante dele é que ele alivia a curiosidade de como exatamente o Hari Seldon planejou tudo o que aconteceu na primeira trilogia da Fundação. Ele era visto quase como uma figura messiânica e "Origens da Fundação" balança com toda essa i ...more
Farhana Sufi
The unfinished glimpse of Seldon building the foundation of The Foundation at the end of the Galactic Empire left me intrigued about Seldon and the history of Psychohistory.

The first glimpse of Seldon and the unrest at the Galactic Capital Trantor was written by Asimov at the age of twenty-one (how sad that I've written nothing of significance at even a decade older than that)! Undoubtedly the same intrugueness was felt by thousands of other readers of Asimov, or he would have never written the
Diciamo la verità: a mente fredda non è un gran libro, tra personaggi stereotipati e colpi di scena prevedibili. Inoltre è costituito da cinque parti che potrebbero avere vita propria scandendo i decenni della vita di Hari Seldon, quasi che Asimov abbia nostalgia della sua giovinezza, quando fondeva due romanzi brevi per creare ‘Fondazione’. Eppure… Eppure, queste trecento pagine si leggono tutte d’un fiato, trascinati dalla prosa leggera ma arguta che contraddistingue da sempre l’autore: i dial ...more
Scott Rhee
Jul 24, 2012 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Richard Knight
Aug 06, 2012 Richard Knight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love sci-fi
After reading the awful "Foundation and Earth," I was highly skeptical about Asimov's prequel novels, "Prelude to Foundation" and "Forward the Foundation," which he wrote toward the tail end of his career and life.I was skeptical because, chronologically, he ended the series so terribly with "Foundation and Earth," which was overly long and left the reader furiously hanging. It's entirely inconclusive about the future of mankind and the Foundation, and it just doesn't work. It's a overlly wordy, ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Wow. A highly enjoyable book that ended with a rather wonderful epilogue that may well be the finest piece of writing from Asimov I've yet experienced.

Coming at these Foundation books in chronological order means that I still know nothing of the original trilogy (that comes next) as despite Asimov taking great care to update the reader on what came chronologically before he doesn't bother to explain in any great detail what exactly Seldon was working on. There's not enough science I guess is wha
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Jan 31, 2015 Ross rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second chronological (but last published) book by Asimov for his Foundation series. It gives some background on the development of Psychohistory during Seldon's life. I was never bored with the book, and in fact found myself breezing through it with interest during my flight back from Singapore yesterday. It's much better than Prelude to Foundation, and really ultimately better than Foundation and Earth, but still is lackluster compared to the original trilogy. An enjoyable read but ...more
Eva Nickelson
Jan 23, 2011 Eva Nickelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
"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
Dec 14, 2015 Pablo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buen cierre de la saga, no es tan trepidante como los otros libros, pero me gustó el desarrollo que hace de la personalidad de los protagonistas. Algo parecido a lo que hace en las 2 secuelas.

Existen varias incoherencias con los libros de la saga, incluso con el anterior, eso que no están separados por tantos años. Pero son cambios necesarios para el mejor desarrollo de la historia.

Jul 27, 2011 Cal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2014 Andrew Obrigewitsch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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.
Nahiyan Asadullah
Pretty much all the characters from the prequel 1 are killed off! Must read on to figure out what becomes of Psychohistory without the founder of this vague term.....
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza

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

Aug 03, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy cow.

I loved all of these books. I realize that they aren't perfect. It was still an amazing read. Thank you, Isaac.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Foundation (Chronological Order) (7 books)
  • Prelude to Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #1)
  • Foundation (Foundation, #1)
  • Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2)
  • Second Foundation (Foundation, #3)
  • Foundation's Edge (Foundation, #4)
  • Foundation and Earth (Foundation, #5)

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