Hacia La Fundacion (Foundation (Chronological Order) Prequel 2)
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
"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
There are a couple other books that link t...more
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
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
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...more
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
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
There is a very clear progression in Asimov's writing style over the years. Although he never entirely overcame his fundamental geekine...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
This is my first Foundation book and it took me some time figure out the structu...more
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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