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Prelude to Foundation (Foundation (Publication Order) #6)

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Alternate Cover ISBN13: 9780553278392 ISBN10: 0553278398

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—tho
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Paperback, 434 pages
Published October 1991 by Bantam Spectra (first published 1988)
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Stephen
In the realm of science fiction, Isaac Asimov’s stories have always been my woobie.
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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, J
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Peter
Jun 11, 2007 Peter rated it it was ok
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
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John
Aug 16, 2007 John rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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
Hanlle Nicolás
Sep 10, 2016 Hanlle Nicolás rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, favorites
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
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C.
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
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Daniel Bastian
"Why, he wondered, did so many people spend their lives not trying to find answers to questions—not even thinking of questions to begin with? Was there anything more exciting in life than seeking answers?"

(Note: As with other reviews in this series, spoilers to follow.)

After five novels spanning as many centuries, one might have supposed Asimov's stepwise tinkering with his Foundation universe had come to an end. The adventures of Golan Trevize, Janov Pelorat, and Bliss concluded in Foundation a
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Ana  Vlădescu
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
Sesana
Mar 25, 2011 Sesana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Martin
Dec 14, 2010 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
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Joe
Jan 14, 2017 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asimov wrote hundreds of books, but he is best known for his Foundation series and his stories about robots. The Foundation series chronicles human society far in the future; where we've spread across the galaxy and established colonies on millions of worlds but have forgotten the one we started on. And in the vastness of this human empire, decay has set in and cracks are growing; a galactic dark-age so grand in scope few can even see it's dimensions.

The hero of the series is Hari Seldon; mathem
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Maanasa
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
Tomislav
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
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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
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Christopher
Mar 21, 2013 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Neo Marshkga
May 12, 2014 Neo Marshkga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
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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
kellyn
Feb 07, 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
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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:

http://www.50ayear.com/2016/03/25/11-...
Christian Scala
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
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Alejandra
Jan 06, 2017 Alejandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mi papa tiene AÑOS diciéndome que los libros de Isaac Aimov son buenísimos, que me van a encantar, etc... no se porque nunca fui de tomar uno y ponerme a leerlos, ya quiero terminarlos TODOS!

Leí primero el libro de la Fundación y me pareció súper interesante toda la idea de Hari Seldon y la Psicohistoria, pero en vez de ir en orden cronológico de publicación, (a sugerencia de mi papa) inicie a leer este libro, Preludio a la Fundación, donde inicia la historia de Hari Seldon quien en el futuro se
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David
Dec 26, 2010 David rated it it was ok
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
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Michael Blackmer
Mar 15, 2014 Michael Blackmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
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،
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Amir Zamani
Mar 18, 2013 Amir Zamani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tobin Elliott
Nov 07, 2016 Tobin Elliott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, fiction, sf
Well, wasn't this a dreadful little book?

It's been decades since I read any Asimov, but I remember him with fondness for the the original Foundation trilogy I read in the late-70s, along with several of his other novels.

I do, however, have no recollection of his narrative style whatsoever. After finishing this travesty, that actually scares the shit out of me for considering the other nine books in this series.

Prelude to Foundation reads like it was written by a somewhat over-intelligent twelve-
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Faisal Ether
Jan 31, 2016 Faisal Ether rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
পরিলুড টু ফাউনডেশন আমার পরা আইসাক আসিমভ এর পরথম বই। অনেক দিন থেইকাই মাথায় ছিল যে আসিমভ এর কালজয়ী ফাউনডেশন সিরিজ টা পরন লাগব। কিনতু যুইত করতে পারতাসিলাম না, কেমনে শুরু করুম, কুনটা আগে কুনটা পরে। সমাধান দিল গুডরিডস, টরেনট আর মাই পকেট বুক এপ। পরথমে এই লিঙক https://www.goodreads.com/series/4393... এ গিয়া বাইর করলাম পুরা সিকোয়েনস টা। তারপর বই গুলা টরেনট থেইকা নামায় ফেললাম। এখন মাই পকেট বুক এপ দিয়া পড়তাসি একটা একটা কইরা। “মাই পকেট বুক” এনডরয়েড এর জনয একটা অসাধারন ই বুক রিডিং সফটয়ার। এইটা দিয়াই অফিসে ন ...more
Ob-jonny
Apr 19, 2013 Ob-jonny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the beginning prequel to the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov and takes place first chronologically. It was written in 1988 about 45 years after Foundation and the content is very different. I feel like this book could be made into a fantastic movie with all of the action, interesting places, and great character development. In contrast, Foundation written in 1944 is relatively dry and a little more work to read but still an amazing book.

I feel like Prelude was well-written in a few wa
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Carol
Jul 04, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most sci-fi founds have read the Foundation series from beginning to end. I was a late-comer to sci-fi and have only just finished reading most of the series. The first Foundation novels, written much earlier than the later ones, weren’t that appealing to me, despite their status as classic novels. I found them hard to read and a bit dull. (Shame on me, I know, but I’m not a diehard Asimov fan). Why then did I continue? Well, I happened to read “The Caves of Steel,” and I liked it a lot. Trantor ...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
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Foundation (Publication Order) (7 books)
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