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“Foundations series was far too popular and could not be written any further - or so the writer thought or decided - and so he wrote more since people were clamouring for more on Foundation, and wrote this, the events occurring before the Foundation trilogy begins. So while chronologically this...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Great introduction to the Foundation saga.”Vandy Fan wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A die-hard fan of the Foundation series, I was excited to read another novel in the series. However, this was a bit too plodding for me. Luckily, I had the MP3 version and could listen to it while doing household chores. In the end, it was worth time -- and made housework more interesting, but honestly -- some of it felt like housework.”Ms. Smith-Vaniz wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really interesting..can't wait to read the rest..”Audrey Coutinho wrote this review Thursday, February 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was good, but nothing more. The idea around phycohistory is of course really interesting, but just after reading Geroge R.R Martin, I found this book lacking in complexity. The story telling is much more basic with no parallell stories and I am simply not used to it right now. And it was also too easy to guess the plot early in the story. I expected more from a classic...”Charlotte wrote this review Wednesday, October 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Conocemos aun joven Hari Seldon, el creador de la psicohistoria y todas las vicisitudes que tuvo que afrontar para poder desarrollar las bases de su psicohistorai”Fernando López wrote this review Saturday, October 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's a fantastic novel in itself, but, in tying the Foundation trilogy to Asimov's other series, I can't help but feel like a little was lost. It also manages to chip away a bit at the mystery and mystique of the original trilogy. That said, it's a wonderful story, full of suspense, action, and even a little humor. The characters are a little flat, though, and it loses a star for that. ”brodies wrote this review Wednesday, August 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“En este libro nos plantean como comienza a ser importante la teoría de un matemático llamado Hari Sheldon ya que con ella (a la cual él la llama psicohistoria) se puede predecir el futuro tomando en cuenta las estadísticas de las masas, por lo que el emperador desea tenerlas para poder predecir futuros ataques a su persona o como hacer que el imperio crezca más.”Francisco Lizardi wrote this review Thursday, August 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The foundation series sounds like a science fiction version of 'The Oregon Trail'. The challenges faced by each group of settlers is more complex and consequently the responses from the settlers are equally complex. The plot is simple and the story is very readable. There isn't a lot of action but the plot progresses in such a natural manner that the story moves a lot faster than you would expect. There are a few twists and turns and an unexpected switch or two. The protagonist Hari Seldon comes across as mathematician love-child of Holmes and Watson and this adds a retro feel to the story.
Plot Summary: Hari Seldon, a young mathematician propounds a theory that seemingly allows man to scientifically predict the generic future. This ability causes the Galactic Emperor and his rivals to want to control Seldon and consequently the future. Seldon is then recruited by a Trantorian named Hummins to develop the science of psychohistory and control the foreseeable future to ensure the survival of mankind through the fall of the Galactic Empire. The story details Seldon's meetings with his contemporaries and the events that lead to the development of psychohistory.”
“A very good prequel in the Foundation series. With some authors, the more of their work you read, you begin to tire. With Asimov, that has yet to happen with me now 21 books in. I just want more...”Clayton Bankson wrote this review Saturday, May 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“They say prequels and sequels are not worth reading or watching. It's all about making more money, they also say. Well, this book is no exception to that rule. However, since the foundation trilogy is worth its weight iin gold, chances are, a prequel, although less valuable, still make a very good read. In my opinion that's the case of "prelude to foundation" or, I would say, adventures of young Hari Seldon. Indeed we find Hari Seldon as a young mathematician in his first visit to Trantor, where he delivers a communication in an important Math congress. Unexpectdely enough, this communication, in which he advances the concept of psycohistory, arouses the interests of a variegated cast of characters including the emperor himself. The story is quite fast-paced, with many turns of events. Sometimes there is simply too much action, it looks like watching a karate-B-movie.
The concept of psycohistory, although recurrent, is quite left in vagueness. However there are some very interesting reflection on the racial-like prejudice that the inhabitants of different sectors of the world feel one-another. Finally I strongly advise those who want to read the Foundation series in the order they had been written, not in the chronological one. Starting from "prelude to foundation" will strip away much of the beauty of the whole series. ”