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The late Grand Master of science fiction brings his most famous work, the epic Foundation series, to a posthumous close in this volume. Returning to the format of earlier books in the saga, he presents the story in discrete, novella-length segments, finally grappling with the figure at the center of the entire series: the adult Hari Seldon, creator of psychohistory and father of the Foundation itself (the young Seldon was featured in the previous series novel, Prelude to Foundation ). Here, Seldon confronts various threats to the Empire or to the psychohistory project, thwarting them for the most part by his characteristic brand of informed intuition. In part I, Seldon recognizes the rise of a dangerous anti-Imperial movement led by the charismatic Jo-Jo Joranum, and defuses it while simultaneously backing into the post of First Minister. In the second segment (of five), Seldon narrowly avoids an attempt on his life but cannot prevent the assassination of the Emperor Cleon I. Seldon faces personal as well as political setbacks while civilization crumbles. This volume neatly sews up the series, though it offers few real surprises. Most interesting is the glimpse it affords of Asimov himself, obviously personified in Seldon. The psychohistorian's vast intellectual interest, his concern for the future of learning in a time of decline, and his frustration in the face of mortality, ring true with special poignance. Asimov's fans should savor this final taste of his unique persona.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
YA-This prequel to the "Foundation" series chronicles the life of Hari Sheldon as he struggles with his developing science of psychohistory in order to secure humanity's survival. It works best when read in conjunction with the previous six titles. However, Asimov has left readers with a fascinating portrayal of a man set against the backdrop of the "rise and fall of the galactic empire." It is well written and peopled with believable characters. Essential for all science-fiction collections.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Nothing fancy about it, good value for money.
just a good pocket edition, of a scifi classic.
This Asimov treasure is a complete joy to read and has stood the test of time as all his Foundation Series has.Published 17 months ago by Ty Schultz
Having read 'Prelude to Foundation', I totally enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to any one who's into science fiction.Published 21 months ago by rene thibault
This story is the continuation of Prelude and it fills the gap between Prelude and Foundation. It is a great piece of work--in fact one of Asimov's last before his death. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Steven M. Balke Jr.
Foward The Foundation finishes of the loose ends Isaac Asimov needed to do before he died. In it we are prepared for Hari Seldon's final plunge into the Trilogy and it's sequels. Read morePublished on May 15 2003 by A. J. Cherrington
After reading the orignal trilogy, I had to continue to his later books(i.e. Foundation's edge and Foundation and Earth and also the preqels. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2003 by Chris Mitchell
I need to share with other readers the feeling that this book is not up to the usual standards set by the previous Foundation stories. Read morePublished on June 21 2002