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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.
I'm almost finished reading the entire Foundation series. It's not as technically challenging as his other works, it is more focused on telling the story of the characters. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Wayne Trattles
A beautifully written conclusion to a well written series. Asimov had me booked from the first book to the last.Published 12 days ago by Scott J Woltman
Not the best of the Foundation books, but good. At least it is plot driven and not simply and thought experiment about the future. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike
A great addition to the foundation series. Filled in a lot of blanks and questions from the previous books. Recommend to sci fi fansPublished 2 months ago by kevin lawler
Not my favorite Asimov book, reads like it is; a book written to fill in gaps in original foundation trilogy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David W McBride
I'm still reading it. I'm half way done. Very good as expected. Some of the references are to the people and places in th previous books, and it is fun to guess at them since... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Roadrunner
I hate the way the women are portrayed, but I love everything else about this series.Published 4 months ago by Michelle P.