Prelude to Foundation (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Prelude to Foundation (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Isaac Asimov
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Prelude to Foundation (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Isaac Asimov

It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future.

Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory, his remarkable theory of prediction. Little does the young Outworld mathematician know that he has already sealed his fate and the fate of humanity. For Hari possesses the prophetic power that makes him the most wanted man in the Empire... the man who holds the key to the future - an apocalyptic power to be know forever after as the Foundation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780833533074
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 03/28/1989
Series: Foundation Series
Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages: 434
Sales rank: 718,568
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Isaac Asimov began his Foundation Series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned pver 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decasdes. He died, at age of seventy-two, in April 1992.?

Date of Birth:

January 20, 1920

Date of Death:

April 6, 1992

Place of Birth:

Petrovichi, Russia

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

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Prelude to Foundation 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First and formost you need to read all the empire and robot series to fully appreciate the depth and brilliance of Azimov's story telling attributes. Do not let yourself miss a great and epic story from beginning to end. If you only read the Foundation series, this is a great place to start. It is a prequel and it sets up the rest of hte series nicely.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This Asimov prequel to the Foundation series offers a perfect original story of the protagonist and his first adventures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Isaac Asimov novel I read, and I recommend reading this one before going on to the original Foundation trilogy. Asimov creates a fantastic portrait of humanity thousands of years in the future, and animates a game of cat-and-mouse that plays out as if you were actually there. This book took me to another place and I regret having to come back at the end. I give it four stars because the original Foundation trilogy is impeccably brilliant, especially when one considers that Asimov was only 21 when he wrote them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely the best of the foundation novels for me! INCREDIBLE ending! i have never been quite as insanely joyously shocked out of my mind when the first huge twist occurred, then the second, then the third left me solidly believing that this is one of asimov's greatest books if read in context with his other writings. i will admit, i guessed who Da-nee and Ba-lee were (in the robot novels) but never expected those last few chapters! a MUST read for any robot/foundation fan.
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Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
Of the Foundation books I've read, this one is my favorite. It is the beginning. It introduces Hari Seldon. I think it is the most entertaining, and I truly enjoy the characters of Hari and Dors. The other novels are about what happens much later, although Hari is still a huge over-riding part of the story. I recommend this book, and even if you don't continue on reading in the series, this will still be an enjoyable read.
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AymTru More than 1 year ago
I believe this is the first Asimov book that I've ever read. Why it took me so long, I'll never know. What astonished me reading this book, was how many of the themes I have seen throughout movies and other media. I kept finding myself saying, "so that's where so and so got that idea." It would be fair to say that Asimov's Foundation series has doubled as a foundation to other writers and will continue to exert influence for generations to come. And in terms of Asimov's writing style, not only did he inspire my imagination, he also left it up to me to run with. I will adding more or his work to my library as soon as I can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book to read.
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Smooth plot and griping action
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vivid language and Asimov's obviously skilled description all contribute to this amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is nice to see the beginning story of Hari Seldon and Psychohistory. Asmiov has quickly become one of my favorite authors.
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DigitalGrandpa More than 1 year ago
This is a "prequel" to Asimov's justifiably famous Foundation Series. While (in my opinion) it is not quite up to the standard of the earlier books, I regard it as a worthwhile read. It is certainly better than the majority of the science fiction being published today.
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