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Forward the Foundation (Foundation (Chronological Order) Prequel 2)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  26,531 ratings  ·  367 reviews
A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax -- the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Bantam/Spectra (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!!!
Sesana
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
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
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ttrygve
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Peter
"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
Thomas
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
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
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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,
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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
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Carlo
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
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
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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
Richard Knight
Aug 06, 2012 Richard Knight rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Shivesh
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Ross
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
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
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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
Andrew Obrigewitsch
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

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Suchitra
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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Moonflower
I don't know, this didn't really seem like an Asimov novel to me. Most of what I've read from him deals with multiple short installments over a long period of time, which keeps it interesting and shows progress pretty well.

This time, he decided to go really in-depth with Hari Seldon, basically the psychohistorian who was referenced throughout the entire Foundation series. From the rest of Foundation, I gathered that Seldon was brilliant, hardworking, and everything else that would enable him to
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Johan Wilbur
Segunda entrega, hablando cronológicamente, porque realmente mientras que la Trilogía de la fundación original se escribió entre 1951 y 1953, las precuelas se escribieron entre 30 y 40 años después. Y es algo que se nota mucho ya en la primera de las aventuras de Hari Seldon (Preludio a la fundación 1988) y algo menos en esta que ha tocado este año, la cual data de 1993 ya y enlaza directamente con la primera parte de la trilogía original, de la cual en mi humilde opinión, podría haber bebido mu ...more
Mitch
I was surprised to see this book receive better reviews than the previous prequel, Prelude to Foundation. The book follows Hari Seldon's later years, as he further develops psychohistory and lays the groundwork for the Foundation & Second Foundation. The book certainly has some entertaining elements (the Dors chapter comes to mind), but o be honest it's not a book that really stands on its own feet. I'm not sure you'd want to read it unless you've already finished the previous 6 Foundation n ...more
Óli Páll
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Michael Dendis
The second book (chronologically) in the "Foundation" series was as well written as "Prelude To Foundation". The story moves right along (it starts off 8 years after "Prelude"). The writing is fast paced and not overly complex. Having read the first two books (at least chronologically) in the series I can tell this is Asimov's style. The next three books may seem different as they were originally published as in chapter format, with long intervals in between each chapter.

There is just about eve
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Daniorte
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. http://www.raveau.cl/literatura/la-gu....

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
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Brandon
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
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
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