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Prélude à Fondation (Foundation (Publication Order) #6)

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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 futu ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published November 3rd 1998 by Presses de la Cité (first published 1988)
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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
Dec 04, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Sep 10, 2016 Nicolás rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
May 14, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
Sep 03, 2013 Maanasa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Aug 09, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Neo Marshkga
Apr 22, 2015 Neo Marshkga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
50 a year
Mar 25, 2016 50 a year rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'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:
Mar 07, 2016 Kelanth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Preludio alla Fondazione, in originale "Prelude to Foundation" è un romanzo di fantascienza dello scrittore Isaac Asimov, edita nel 1988. È È uno dei due antefatti al ciclo della Fondazione e narra l'origine della disciplina della psicostoria. Per la prima volta, Asimov racconta la vita di Hari Seldon, l'uomo che ha inventato la psicostoria e l'eroe intellettuale della serie.

Ma prima di parlare di questo libro in particolare, è doveroso parlare del Ciclo delle Fondazioni:
Il Ciclo delle Fondazion
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
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
Oct 05, 2016 André rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Feb 16, 2009 kellyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Blackmer
Jan 17, 2016 Michael Blackmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 06, 2016 Duchess_Nimue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The book opens on a 32 year old Hari Seldon being summoned by the Emperor Cleon I, who heard about his presentation of a paper about the psychohistory at a mathematics convention, and Cleon wants to use it as a political means. Hari explains to him that the paper is purely theoretical and has no practical value, but Emperor insists he already has it, dismisses him, and implores his first minister, Eto Demerzel, to watch out for Seldon and his psychohistory.
After the visit to the Emperor's palace
VijayaRaghavan S N
Let me give you a hindsight. I lost the last two books because I was hoping for something along the lines of the first three. So before I began this book I promised myself that I will completely blank my mind of the thought that I have ever read any book from this series. And I did notice a marked and remarkable change in the way I enjoyed this one. The plot of this book went a long way in helping me with this. Mainly because, if you don't go by the publishing date, this ought to be the very fir ...more
Simona Bartolotta
"C'era un essere umano artificiale che aiutò la Terra. Era Da-nee, amico di Ba-lee. Non è mai morto, è ancora vivo da qualche parte, aspetta il suo momento per ritornare. Nessuno sa quando arriverà quel momento, ma un giorno Da-nee verrà e farà rinascere il grande passato..."

Mi sto stancando a scrivere recensioni dei romanzi di Asimov in cui dico sempre la stessa cosa: geniale, geniale, geniale, tanto geniale da essere umanamente inconcepibile. Il mio sconfinato apprezzamento per i libri e la br
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،
Feb 28, 2016 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's been a long time since I've read much Science Fiction, but Asimov's Prelude to Foundation gives me the excuse to go back again.

The book was chosen by a Goodreads group and I joined in not knowing what to expect. I was quickly drawn into the novel, enjoying the mix of characters and the basic plot. Even though it is part of a long series of novels I could enjoy it on its own as the story stood up as an individual story. But it does give what some may call "spoilers" of the entire series. Tha
Ivaelo Slavov
Apr 28, 2016 Ivaelo Slavov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Истината е, че Азимов не спира да ме изненадва. След лекото разочарование, което беше трилогията за Галактическата империя, "Прелюдия за Фондацията" ме отвя.
Начинът по който Азимов вкарва съвсем обикновенни и никумо неизвестни хора в центъра на някакъв междугалактически заговор не спира да ме радва. Ходи си човек по улицата, ритва едно камъче, и изведнъж цялата империя е по петите му, и всеки иска нещо от него (Що ритна камъчето? Как го ритна? и пр.)
До последните страници не можеш да разбереш к
Apr 24, 2016 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic prequel. I'm amazed at how Asimov can make a series feel so continuous over over 5 decades of writing, particularly with all of the advances in technology.

Until the last few chapters, I planned on rating it only 4 stars because
(view spoiler). In t
Jul 16, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Michael Bacon
Apr 14, 2016 Michael Bacon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the main series, but still excellent!
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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 and Earth (Foundation, #5)
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