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Preludio a la Fundación (1988)

de Isaac Asimov

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Sèrie: Trilogia de les Fundacions (1), Foundation Expanded Universe (9)

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In the year 12,020 G.E., Hari Seldon arrives in the domed city of Trantor and begins to develop his theory of psychohistory, which predicts the rise of a power greater than the Empire.
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I read it when I was a teenager but I re-read it when the new Foundation series came out on Apple TV+. It's quite suspenseful, and there were many laugh-out-loud moments. I'd forgotten how funny Asimov could be. There were surprises at the end, and I'd forgotten some of them, so it was fun to be surprised all over again. ( )
  troymcc | Oct 20, 2021 |
Well, wasn't this a dreadful little book?

It'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 novels.

I 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 series.

Prelude 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 [a:Stephen R. Donaldson|12980|Stephen R. Donaldson|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1425823085p2/12980.jpg] and [a:Elmore Leonard|12940|Elmore Leonard|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1240015224p2/12940.jpg], for different things.

Where Donaldson loves to write pages and pages and pages of dialogue where characters are consistently frustrated because they need answers to questions--and Donaldson actually has them mull the precise questions 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 question 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 awful.

Then there's Elmore 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 awful.

There'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 20,000 years in the future, this is the best you could do?

And 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 read.

Look, Asimov was a brilliant man. But, for a guy with over 500 books under his belt, I expected a hell of a lot more 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 genre.

There's nothing to be found here. Move on. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Science Fiction
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
Prelude to Foundation (Foundation Novels) by Isaac Asimov (1989) ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
Liked the implications of artificial beings, overpopulation, predictions.
Most of the story could happen on earth though. Very 20th century preoccupations. ( )
  jbrieu | Nov 6, 2020 |
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CLEON I - The last Galactic Emperor of the Entun dynasty. (Chapter 1 Headnote)
Suppressing a small yawn, Cleon said, "Demerzel, have you by any chance ever heard of a man named Hari Seldon?"
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Suppressing a small yawn, Cleon said, 'Demerzel, have you by any chance ever heard of a man named Hari Seldon?'
When I wrote "Foundation," which appeared in the May 1942 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, I had no idea that I had begun a series of stories that would eventually grow into six volumes and a total of 650,000 words (so far). (Author's Note)
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