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I will hang on to these books in my library for a while, and then perhaps one day I will trade them in or pass them on to the next people who are interested in this slice of sci-fi history.

It's Asimov, it's a Foundation novel, albeit one written to join with his original Trilogy written 40 years earlier, so it's going to be good if you enjoy this type of Sci Fi. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.Even when Seldon reaches the age of 60, I’m not sure he would be as “infirm” as you make him out to be.

Quando abbiamo iniziato la lettura del Ciclo, noi "giovani" lettori lo abbiamo conosciuto soltanto come voce dell'Enciclopedia Galattica. In his 40s, he has the inevitable “I’m getting old” that (in my experience) few 40-year-olds seem to escape.But if you have read my reviews of the other books here, then you’ll know that I don’t think it’s a particularly good set of classics. It almost feels more like a trio of connected novellas than one cohesive novel, which is not necessarily a bad thing. When he tries to put his plan through, though, the device only damages Dors, who kills Elar (thus breaking the First Law of Robotics) before dying herself in Hari's arms. Later, beginning with Foundation's Edge, he linked this distant future to the Robot and Spacer stories, creating a unified "future history" for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Among those seeking to turn psychohistory into the greatest weapon known to man are a populist political demagogue, the weak-willed Emperor Cleon I, and a ruth less militaristic general.

I love this book and the Foundation series, but as I already have several paperback version was looking for something different. Really disappointed with this, wanted to add a hardback version to my collection, but this turned out to be a paper back and in not very good condition either. If you look at these three unrelated '50s series of Asimov while squinting and sort of half-frowning, you can sort of squeeze them together into one unified storyline, spanning not Heinlein's 300 years of the future but instead an entire 22,000, to an eventual populated Milky Way galaxy containing thousands of inhabited planets, where Earth has become the stuff of myth and legend, and where the main crisis is that the all-encompassing empire that has run the entire galaxy for the last ten thousand years is on its last gasp, and the only person who knows is an eccentric history professor who comes up with an intellectually clever way to help humanity prevent its own destruction despite itself. Like the first Foundation prequel, Prelude to Foundation, I found this a bit of a bloated snoozefest and admit to liberal skimming and skipping. I could imagine him at least trying to face his own impending death with the same equanimity that Seldon faced his.By far the most interesting developments occur in the last several chapters, as Seldon's plan for the secretive Second Foundation take shape. He didn't need to do that -- even if he wasn't going to be progressive enough to acknowledge his critics and change those references, he could've easily just stayed neutral on the subject -- so to purposely put them in is a legitimate "fuck you" from Asimov at the end of his life to the people who eventually became the "woke crowd," and who would eat him alive if he happened to be alive and in his nineties and still trying to publish now, like poor old creepy Woody Allen. The junta slowly pressures Hari into producing practical applications of psychohistory by threatening to cut off his funding, but Seldon resists, knowing both that psychohistory cannot yet give any useful data and that, in the hands of the junta, such a tool would either lose its worth or become misused. Thanks to his work, Asimov can be rightly considered one of the earliest and most direct inspiring of Hari Seldon, the founder of Psichohistory, the science of human behavior reduced to mathematical equations" ENCYCLOPEDIA GALACTICA Second prequel of the Foundation series, the novel takes place on Trantor 8 years after the first prequel Prelude to Foundation.

In all fairness, I think it would have been better to leave things at the Prelude and not wedge another novel in between. He's married to Dors Venabili, has adopted Raych and has managed to bring Yugo Amaryl from Dahl to work with him in the development of Psychohistory from hypothetical concept and "set of vague axioms" to "profound statistical science" and practical application in galactic events. I read it so many years ago that I remember nothing about it, and all I can say for today is that reading it obviously didn't convert me into a fan of Asimov's fiction.Eventually, he secludes Wanda and the others to establish the Second Foundation in secret, which later turns out to be at the same Imperial Library of Trantor. We'll be talking a lot more about that in the next review, for 1951's Foundation which started them all, so I hope you'll have a chance to join me again next month for that. Dune is awesome but the series as a whole crumbles under its own mysticism and becomes pretty incomprehensible.

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