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Hacia La Fundacion (Foundation (Chronological Order) Prequel 2)

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Durante más de cuatro décadas Asimov ha cautivado a millones de lectores con su portentosa saga de la Fundación, una extraordinaria visión del futuro que abarca miles de años y docenas de mundos.

Terminada poco antes de la muerte del autor, Hacia la fundación constituye la entrega final de la serie. Al compás de una trama dramática y sugestiva, Asimov narra la apasionante p...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 28th 2004 by Debolsillo (first published January 1st 1993)
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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...more
ttrygve
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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
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...more
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
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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David Andrés
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Tomislav
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
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...more
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.
Drea
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Hollis
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
Steve Castner
I really loved this book, and as much as 'Prelude' was a disappointment, 'Forward' made sitting through the first prequel worth my time. Knowing that this was the last book that Asimov wrote in this series - and, I believe, the last book he wrote - turning the page to find the about the author was a particularly bitter moment for me. I can't help but draw parallels between Hari Seldon and Asimov, even though I know very little about the author's life. Having read all of the Foundation books by A...more
John
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...more
David Burkam
It's Asimov at the end of his career and life ... a better story teller than most (even at his weaker moments).

Last fall I began reading Asimov's novels for the first time, starting with Foundation. The order in which you read these novels completely changes the impact of any given work. Most of the novels contain surprises, but depending upon the order in which you read Asimov's books ... what was meant as a surprise might not be a surprise to the reader. And what was not meant as a surprise be...more
Timothy Darling
The blurb on this books sings the accolades too loudly. It was worth reading if you enjoy the Foundation books, but not compelling in most regards. It felt like Asimov had to say Psychohistory at least three times on every page, as if the reader was going to forget what was important to Seldon and his clan. It needed either to ignore psychohistory a bit and focus on the actual substance of Seldon's relationships, or get into it a little more intensely and help us see how it went from being a que...more
Jen
What to say about this book ... well, I believe that Asimov was masterfully transitioning between the spectacular story telling in Prelude to Foundation and the more stilted, episodic story telling of Foundation. If that were not the case, then I'd be forced to confront a not-as-well-written novel with disappointment.

Forward the Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #2) is supposed to tell the story of the actual formation of the mathematical discipline psychohistory. It tells a story, but not of tha...more
Richard Knight
Aug 06, 2012 Richard Knight rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Tfitoby
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...more
Christophe
L'univers uni, c'est fini. L'Empire galactique se désagrège. Trente mille ans de chaos sont au programme. Et moi, j'en ai trop fait et je suis las.
Oui, je m'appelle Hari Seldon et je vois que ce nom vous dit quelque chose. Tout ce que j'ai fait, c'est de poser les équations et d'agir. Les équations ne mentent pas. D'ailleurs vous le savez.
Je ne voudrais pas jouer les prophètes, mais quand j'allume mon Premier Radiant, je lis l'avenir de l'humanité. Le chaos prévu sera réduit à un petit millier d...more
Carina
Well...

I think the reason that the 'later' books in the Foundation series (and by this I mean later in terms of publication date and not chronological reading) are more highly rated by myself is becuase they are more obviously modern books. Their style is different to the 'original' trilogy and perhaps it made them easier to read (or by this point after almost a week of reading just Asimov I have adjusted). With the two prequel novels I think it is more that I liked the character of Seldon, in...more
Onefinemess
I guess this was the last Foundation book he wrote before he passed; there’s some mumbo-jumbo about it being the summation of his life’s work.

Anyway, Hari (from Prelude) continues to be annoying and unlikeable, and not particularly “genius-like”. Oh, there’s also a section where Dors goes barging around “Bailey-style” and asking questions until she makes a leap of logic (the wrong one) that gets her killed. Which is interesting, because I thought robots couldn’t make those leaps?

I guess if it wa...more
Sluggish Neko
Forward the Foundation has an epic quality to it as the novel checks in on each major event of Hari Seldon's life decade to decade until his death. He starts out as a middle-aged mathematician, working feverishly on his theory of psychohistory. As the decades pass, governments rise and fall and despite Hari's best efforts to sway historical events, he slowly loses his friends and family as the Galactic Empire decays.

This is my first Foundation book and it took me some time figure out the structu...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.

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...more
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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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