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Forward the Foundation (Foundation (Publication Order) #7)

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For use in schools and libraries only. In the final novel of the "Foundation" series, Hari Seldon struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory while the great Galactic Empire totters on the brink of apocalyptic collapse.
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Turtleback Books (first published 1993)
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Luca Ambrosino
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ENGLISH (Forward the Foundation) / ITALIANO

"Though Isaac Asimov was a remarkable scientific divulgator, we cannot forget that one of the most fascinating cycles of ancient science fiction, i.e. the Foundation series, was born from his pen. Thanks to his work, Asimov can be rightly considered one of the earliest and most direct inspiring of Hari Seldon, the founder of Psichohistory, the science of human behavior reduced to mathematical equations" ENCYCLOPEDIA GALACTICA
Second prequel of the Fou
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Eric
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  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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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
Mar 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Peter
Jun 11, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Simona Bartolotta
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
"Credo che a un occhio non allenato questo turbine multicolore sembrerebbe soltanto un guazzabuglio di numeri, figure e forme, ma per me -e Yugo, e Wanda, e Gaal- questa è la Psicostoria sbocciata alla vita."

Trovo che Asimov sia un autore fondamentale per un numero di ragioni talmente grande che, fantascientificamente parlando, neppure i trentamila anni di storia umana necessari per arrivare alle Fondazioni sarebbero sufficienti a esporle tutte e sviscerarle debitamente. Come è superfluo far not
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Buck Ward
When I was young, Isaac Asimov was my favorite author. I read a lot of his books, science fiction and science fact, novels and short stories. I had decided that his short stories were better than his novels, that his novels were written like long short stories. I have forgotten most of what I had read of his books and in recent years I've been rereading.

Forward the Foundation was written after my youthful fanship. It does sort of confirm my early opinion. Asimov is not great at dialog. It is sti
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Davyne DeSye
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect book to go between the first prequel to Foundation (Prelude to Foundation) and Foundation itself!

Of course, having read Foundation first (decades ago), it is difficult for me to look at this book in the same way a reader might who has not read Foundation first – I was constantly (and pleasantly) comparing the thought processes and younger life of the incomparable Hari Seldon in this book to the vision we are given of Seldon in Foundation, when he is established as an old and
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Ajeje Brazov
Settimo ed ultimo capitolo della saga della Fondazione: capitolo, senza dubbio, inferiore ai precedenti, però comunque ha il suo perchè. Primo perchè chiude il cerchio, tutto viene spiegato, tutti i personaggi vengono caratterizzati per una chiara comprensione della storia. Secondo perchè appena si leggono i trafiletti tratti dall'"Enciclopedica Galattica" come si fa a non proseguire con la lettura. Terzo perchè lo stile di Asimov è ineguagliabile, ha una scrittura talmente delicata, accogliente ...more
John
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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ttrygve
Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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JonSnow
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start out by saying DO NOT READ THIS BEFORE THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY. I say this as a person who read the original 3 foundation novels before anything else. I decided to read everything in the "chronological" order. If I had not already read the original trilogy, Forward The Foundation would have spoiled everything for me!!! This is a book that is clearly written as a prequel, that is meant to be read AFTER the foundation trilogy, not before.

Onto the actual review. I loved this book. It fill
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Steven Peterson
May 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Raúl Omar
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
¿Es posible predecir los acontecimientos futuros? ¿Qué hay que hacer si sabes que el Imperio galáctico está condenado a desintegrarse? Estas preguntas que aparecieron en Preludio a la Fundación siguen presentes en esta novela en la que el psicohistoriador Hari Seldon se enfrenta a nuevos enemigos y lucha por llevar a cabo su legado más importante: Fundación.

Más que una novela, Hacia la Fundación nos presenta una serie de relatos largos en los que se narra la vida de Hari, Dors, Raych, Demerzel,
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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
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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Farhana Sufi
The unfinished glimpse of Seldon building the foundation of The Foundation at the end of the Galactic Empire left me intrigued about Seldon and the history of Psychohistory.

The first glimpse of Seldon and the unrest at the Galactic Capital Trantor was written by Asimov at the age of twenty-one (how sad that I've written nothing of significance at even a decade older than that)! Undoubtedly the same intrugueness was felt by thousands of other readers of Asimov, or he would have never written the
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Scott Rhee
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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
Adrian
It's Asimov, it's a Foundation novel, albeit one written to join with his original Trilogy written 40 years earlier, so it's going to be good if you enjoy this type of Sci Fi.
That said it is probably the weakest of them all, and if I could only give it 4 1/2 stars I would, as I can't it has to be 5.
If one is familiar with Asimov's Foundation universe, then this is like revisiting an old friend. It is an enjoyable read providing many insights into Seldon's later years especially around the sett
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David
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy cow.

I loved all of these books. I realize that they aren't perfect. It was still an amazing read. Thank you, Isaac.
Gabrielchaves26
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only novel that's ever made me tear up at the end. If I could give it twenty stars I would. The Foundation series by Asimov is a must read for lovers of literature.
Xavi
2'5/5 Un poco decepcionante, la verdad. Repetitivo y con un argumento un poco pueril.
Robert C.
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The best SF series ever.
Natália Hruščová
A mám celú sériu Nadace za sebou. A napriek trom hviezdičkám pre tento diel (ktorý mi prišiel fajn, ale ako jeden z najslabších - oproti ostatným) to bolo dohromady úžasné :) jedná z najlepších sérii aké som kedy čítala.
Táto séria donúti premýšľať. O ľudstve, spoločnosti, našom smerovaní a vývoji - čo je vzhľadom na obsah kníh pochopiteľné. Ale čo ma veľmi prekvapilo, donútilo ma to premýšľať hlavne o ekológii a našej Zemi. O tom ako si nevážime aký poklad máme pod nohami. Že dosť rýchlo smeruj
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Lamar Latrell
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, and while the writing was decent, it read very much like individual short stories connected because the settings were similar. I guess the goal was to explain the time between the "announcement" of the psychohistory project to the point where it is self-sufficient. As with most of these books that want to express a very large period of time, the difficult lies in jumping through time. That said, the entire book takes place over the span of about forty year ...more
Onurius
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Seriyi Asimov'un önerdiği zaman çizelgesine bağlı kalarak okuyorum. Bu açıdan ilk iki kitapta olaylar arasındaki bütünlük iyi sağlanmış. Ancak kitabı tek başına eline alırsak (bir önceki romana göre) beklediğimi bulamadım.
Shivesh
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Simon
Apr 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
This book focuses, in an episodic fashion, on the development of the Pshychohistory project from it's humble beginnings until the point when Seldon is ready to put his plan into action. This is all set against the backdrop of the rapid decline of the last days of the Galactic empire. In particular, it focuses on the crisis points in the project's development, much like the original Foundation stories each focus on the (anticipated) crisis points of the Seldon plan in action.

Reading this, I almos
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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 one of the most prolific writers 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 o
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Foundation (Publication Order) (7 books)
  • Foundation (Foundation #1)
  • Foundation and Empire (Foundation #2)
  • Second Foundation (Foundation #3)
  • Foundation's Edge (Foundation #4)
  • Foundation and Earth (Foundation #5)
  • Prelude to Foundation
“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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