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CHARACTERS · Prelude to Foundation Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory his remarkable theory of prediction Little does the young Outworld mathematic. 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 clich at this point I could not stand the suareness of the dialogue the clumsy yet regular attempts at sexual innuendo and the thinness of some all of the characters Also and probably frustrating for me was how the protagonist a supposedly brilliant mathematician we are never privy as to why s or how s of his brilliance develops psychohistory the in my opinion unfortunately named new science that is supposed to save the Galactic empire If something so complicated and so important is to be developed by someone so brilliant I wanted to see the work the sweat the long hours poured into research and calculations over burning candle at midnight in the Mycogen sector and I wanted to see the pieces of this powerful science falling into place with some greater tightly wrought logic জামশেদ মুস্তফির হাড় knows there are those who would see him fall those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory his remarkable theory of prediction Little does the young Outworld mathematic. 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 clich at this point I could not stand the suareness of the dialogue the clumsy yet regular attempts at sexual innuendo and the thinness of some all of the characters Also and probably frustrating for me was how the protagonist a supposedly brilliant mathematician we are never privy as to why s or how s of his brilliance develops psychohistory the in my opinion unfortunately named new science that is supposed to save the Galactic empire If something so complicated and so important is to be developed by someone so brilliant I wanted to see the work the sweat the long hours poured into research and calculations over burning candle at midnight in the Mycogen sector and I wanted to see the pieces of this powerful science falling into place with some greater tightly wrought logic

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CHARACTERS · Prelude to Foundation It is the year 12020 GE 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. In the realm of science fiction Isaac Asimov s stories have always been my woobie 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 Yesyesbefore 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 Jack Vance but in fairness how many people were He wasn t as brilliantly thought provoking as Arthur C Clarke and rarely if ever used his writing to address important social issues as the likes of Heinlein Silverberg and Ellison did Finegrantedand SO what Asimov tales are just rousing good yarns told with an infectious Star Trek optimism that fills you up with the belief that humanity is destined for bigger brighter and better things His stories are warm cozy familiar and fun They re comfort food a shot of optimism for the soul like mom s chicken soup Therefore as this is my own biased subjective review I shall give a hall pass to the grandmaster regarding his tendency towards clunky dialogue his often unornamented transparent characters and his occasional deus ex machina plot conveniences They exist and this acknowledgement is as close to criticism of these stories as I intend to come PLOT SUMMARY Written in 1988 a uarter century after the original Foundation Trilogy this long awaited prelude to the classic series covers a critical period in the evolution of psychohistory Beginning soon after Hari Seldon s moment of eureka when he first envisions the future chaperoning science as nothing than a curious philosophical impracticality to the momentous events that lead to Hari s realization that psychohistory has the potential to be developed as a practical effective tool against the Galactic Empire s pending collapse Taking place entirely on Empire s capital Trantor the story covers what is known as the Flight during which Seldon is forced into hiding from Eto Demerzel the Emperor s Chief of Staff who wants Hari s new science to be employed for the political benefit of Emperor Cleon I While on the run Hari travels across the massive planet with its population of than 40Billion and interacts with various cultures These interactions slowly work to remove the can t do fog from Hari s perception of psychohistory Ohand there s also a chubby raising tie in to Asimov s robot novels that does a great deal to smooth out some of the earlier inconsistencies between the two series and lays the foundation no pun for a merging of the two series that had begun in Robots and Empire THOUGHTSUhIt s goodIt s funIt s comfortingFlaws aside the Foundation Trilogy was the first science fiction story I ever read and it began my love affair with the genre that continues to this day Thus these stories will always hold a special place for me and I don t believe I ll ever discontinue to view them fondlyAnd with good reason I thinkAsimov was a master at the big idea He was an artist who painted stories on a ginormous canvas depicting mega events and larger than life characters The mind bogglingly large galaxy spanning empire he created for the Foundation series was the prototype for all of the vast galactic civilizations that came afterHe thought big he wrote big he entertained big Yeah I ll take that NowI did have one fanboy gripe about this installment and it stems from my frustrated desire to learn finally from Asimov the nuts and bolts of psych historical analysis Logically I grant that any such explanation had no chance of meeting my expectations and that Asimov being as astute as he was correctly decided not to provide revelations about the inner workings of the science By maintaining the mystery he avoided any taint upon the majesty of the idea Still I was a tad bummed by the lack in this areaOh well I enjoyed myself and I loved that the story filled in gaps in both the Foundation series and the Robot novels Worth a read it will make you smile40 stars Highly Recommended Nominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

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CHARACTERS · Prelude to Foundation Ian know that he has already sealed his fate and the fate of humanity For Hari possesses the prophetic power that makes him the most wanted man in the Empirethe man who holds the key to the future an apocalyptic power to be known forever after as the Foundati. Well wasn t this a dreadful little bookIt s been decades since I read any Asimov but I remember him with fondness for the original Foundation trilogy I read in the late 70s along with several of his other novelsI 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 seriesPrelude to Foundation reads like it was written by a somewhat over intelligent twelve year old who then handed it off to a university professor with absolutely no sense of humour to do final edits I ve decided at least for this book that Asimov is the exact antithesis of both Stephen R Donaldson and El Leonard for different thingsWhere Donaldson loves to write pages and pages and pages of dialogue where characters are consistently frustrated because they need answers to uestions and Donaldson actually has them mull the precise uestions over in their minds but never verbalize them then become angry when they can t find the answers they seek despite talking around the real uestion but somehow never getting to it Asimov on the other hand just has the most bare bones unnuanced conversations you ll ever read There s no subtext there s no ulterior motives there s only straight unvarnished completely honest talk If a character needs to ask something he asks it and the answer comes If a character needs to argue he busts out logic and the other side accepts that logical argument and moves on It s awfulThen there s El Leonard a man who built a career out of having characters speak and their speech sang with humanity They sounded real they sounded wonderful they often spoke in circles or buried their answers in sarcasm or venom They rarely gave straight answers always with some other angle they were playing but by god you could hear that talking in your head like the characters were in the room with you Asimov on the other hand writes the driest most uninspired overly logical overly factual dialogue you ll find this side of a first time author s unedited self published book It s awfulThere s no nuance There s no blind alleys There s no personality There s no exploration of humanity or interpersonal relationships There s only facts If Hari Seldon is in a bind and needs to find a way out of it the very next person he ll meet is the precise one he needs to meet at that time Then there s the stunning differences in the various areas of the planet he explores We think hair is disgusting or If I shave my mustache I am eliminating my manhood Yes they may have some parallels in the real world but when speculating on humankind 20000 years in the future this is the best you could doAnd then there s the theoretical point of the novel where Hari Seldon gains the breakthrough that allows him to turn his theoretical psycho historical projections into a practical application It happens off stage and is delivered in the most uninspiring anti climactic scene I may have ever readLook Asimov was a brilliant man But for a guy with over 500 books under his belt I expected a hell of a lot talent with basic characters and dialogue here This was absolutely without a doubt terrible and it s this type of book that s held up as an example of why non SF readers don t read the genreThere s nothing to be found here Move on Cheating for the Chicken Man know that he has already sealed his fate and the fate of humanity For Hari possesses the prophetic power that makes him the most wanted man in the Empirethe man who holds the The Last Runaway key to the future an apocalyptic power to be On Tidy Endings known forever after as the Foundati. Well wasn t this a dreadful little bookIt s been decades since I read any Asimov but I remember him with fondness for the original Foundation trilogy I read in the late 70s along with several of his other novelsI 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 seriesPrelude to Foundation reads like it was written by a somewhat over intelligent twelve year old who then handed it off to a university professor with absolutely no sense of humour to do final edits I ve decided at least for this book that Asimov is the exact antithesis of both Stephen R Donaldson and El Leonard for different thingsWhere Donaldson loves to write pages and pages and pages of dialogue where characters are consistently frustrated because they need answers to uestions and Donaldson actually has them mull the precise uestions over in their minds but never verbalize them then become angry when they can t find the answers they seek despite talking around the real uestion but somehow never getting to it Asimov on the other hand just has the most bare bones unnuanced conversations you ll ever read There s no subtext there s no ulterior motives there s only straight unvarnished completely honest talk If a character needs to ask something he asks it and the answer comes If a character needs to argue he busts out logic and the other side accepts that logical argument and moves on It s awfulThen there s El Leonard a man who built a career out of having characters speak and their speech sang with humanity They sounded real they sounded wonderful they often spoke in circles or buried their answers in sarcasm or venom They rarely gave straight answers always with some other angle they were playing but by god you could hear that talking in your head like the characters were in the room with you Asimov on the other hand writes the driest most uninspired overly logical overly factual dialogue you ll find this side of a first time author s unedited self published book It s awfulThere s no nuance There s no blind alleys There s no personality There s no exploration of humanity or interpersonal relationships There s only facts If Hari Seldon is in a bind and needs to find a way out of it the very next person he ll meet is the precise one he needs to meet at that time Then there s the stunning differences in the various areas of the planet he explores We think hair is disgusting or If I shave my mustache I am eliminating my manhood Yes they may have some parallels in the real world but when speculating on humankind 20000 years in the future this is the best you could doAnd then there s the theoretical point of the novel where Hari Seldon gains the breakthrough that allows him to turn his theoretical psycho historical projections into a practical application It happens off stage and is delivered in the most uninspiring anti climactic scene I may have ever readLook Asimov was a brilliant man But for a guy with over 500 books under his belt I expected a hell of a lot talent with basic characters and dialogue here This was absolutely without a doubt terrible and it s this type of book that s held up as an example of why non SF readers don t read the genreThere s nothing to be found here Move on