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Forward the Foundation

(Foundation (Publication Order) #7)

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Here, from a grand master of science fiction, is the long awaited final novel of the greatest series ever told. Completed just before his death, Forward The Foundation is the crowning achievement of a great writer's life, a stirring testament to the creative genius of Isaac Asimov.

As Hari Seldon struggles to
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Bantam/Spectra (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 F
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Finally! The last published Foundation book, written by Asimov (a few more titles written by other authors were published subsequently). My review of the first Foundation book was posted in 2014, as I write it is March 2019, so I feel a nice sense of accomplishment for completing a series review five years in the making.

Forward the Foundation is the second prequel to the classic original Foundation Trilogy (that makes it a sequel to a prequel! Prelude to Foundation that is). It is set on Tran
Ahmad Sharabiani
Forward the Foundation (Foundation (Publication Order) #7), Isaac Asimov
Forward the Foundation is a novel by American writer Isaac Asimov, published posthumously in 1993. Continues the chronicles of the life of Hari Seldon, first begun in Prelude to Foundation. The story takes place on Trantor, and begins eight years after the events of Prelude to Foundation. It depicts how Seldon develops his theory of psychohistory from hypothetical concept to practical application. In the latter years of the
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
Jun 11, 2007 rated it did not like it
"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
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!!!
Mar 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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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
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
Davyne DeSye
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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
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
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
Steven Peterson
May 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Benjamin Marcher
Gripping, mind-boggling, moving, as relevant as ever. Asimov is a true master of sci-fi with an added keen sense of humanity lost in contemporary sci-fi/fantasy.
Max Anadon
Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
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,
Scott Rhee
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Ms. Smartarse
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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It was nice seeing again all the characters from the first prologue. Unfortunately, this niceness kind of ended after the first half of the book with a (not so) well-timed excerpt from the Encyclopedia Galactica.

Basically, the book's real title was probably (view spoiler), but the editor probably thought that was a bit too much of a spoiler.

Despite the rather depressing second half I still would've enjoyed it, if the excerpt from
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
"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
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robert Day
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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The best SF series ever.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Holy cow.

I loved all of these books. I realize that they aren't perfect. It was still an amazing read. Thank you, Isaac.
Gabe Chaves
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Frederik Raud
The last book in the Foundation series stands out for being unusually weak.

Asimov’s plotting has always been that of a pulpy adventure writer and his characters have always been shallow. Usually this is balanced out by either well-written drama, interesting science fiction concepts, or in the case of the Foundation series, the unusual birds-eye-view portrayal of history and the concept of predestination.

Forward the Foundation has none of these redeeming qualities. The writing is punchy but the d
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I seriously loved this book. On the surface, the story is fairly straightforward and tends to recycle elements and plot points somewhat from Prelude to Foundation. But for me, what made the book more poignant was the significance of the story itself.

Looking at it practically, there are quite a few dramatic jumps in time and the book feels fairly condensed in terms of the amount of time that is covered held against the length of the book. And I suspect that if Asimov had been younger, he might h
Jeffrey Cheng Stewart
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Asimov in his last published work takes his readers on an introspective journey of not just a revered character in his Foundation universe but seemingly of the author himself looking back on his own life as one of the grandfathers of modern Sci-fi. Interesting to compare the author’s character writing in the original Foundation works in which they only really serve to advance the plot at various stages they are hardily more than their job descriptions. It’s more about exploring the author’s idea ...more
Habib Zreik
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although I might be one of the biggest fans of Isaac Asimov, and although I love the plot and the imagination that carries this book's weight; I deduced a star because Isaac as usual couldn't get enough affection from the readers to engage thier emotions in the process of reading, so many loveable characters died and suffered throughout the book but that didn't move my feelings let alone shed my tears.

Asimov moved a little bit out of his super scientific comfort zone and engaged himself in a mor
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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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