Forward the Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #2)
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Forward the Foundation (Foundation (Chronological Order) Prequel 2)

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Original artwork for ISBN 0-553-56507-9. Later reissued with identical ISBN in 2004 with different artwork.


Here, from a grand master of science fiction, is the long awaited final novel of the greatest series ever told. Completed just before his death, Forward The Foundation id the crowning achievement of a great writer's life, a stirring testament to the creative genius...more
Paperback, Alternate Cover ISBN: 0-553-56507-9, 480 pages
Published March 1994 by Bantam Spectra (first published January 1st 1993)
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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 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eric by: Those reading the entire series
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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...more
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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...more
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,...more
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
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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...more
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
"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
Andrew O
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

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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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.

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
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
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
I feel very 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 quite prominent roles in the story. There was also a very nice explanation of how the Zeroth law of robotics works in prac...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
"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...more
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.
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.
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 
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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
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
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If Asimov managed to be the prolific writer that he was, it was at the cost of losing his touch many times.
Too many plot holes, too many mind boggling coincidences, and much too convenient almost the entire time. To speak nothing of the shallowness of characterization. But of course that's a price we should pay when dealing with sci-fi that spans millenia and an entire galaxy.
I absolutely love the series, but this particular part, along with Foundation and Earth, are the troughs of the wave.
An enjoyable enough set of stories about Hari Seldon's establishment of the 2 Foundations during the final stages of decline of the galactic empire. Though all in all a bit unnecessary and a bit self indulgent.

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
This was Isaac Asimov's last book (1993), and it takes a pivotal position in unifying his 1950s Robot novels, Empire novels, and Foundation novels. So some of the praise heaped upon the book, is actually due to Asimov's prior works, and his singular importance in the history of science fiction.

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
This book is the last in the Foundation series which Asimov laboured to complete just weeks before his death: I really wanted to like it. I didn't. I feel bad saying this considering his eminence as a master of SF but my patience is really wearing thin with Asimov and this was the same as usual: never-ending dialogue, tediousness, characters that consist of names and hair colours. This is the twenty-fifth work of fiction that I have read by Asimov and I am still unable to comprehend why so many...more
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