Prelude to Foundation

Prelude to Foundation

Isaac Asimov

Synopsis of Prelude to Foundation

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 destory 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 known forever after as the Foundation.

Reviews of Prelude to Foundation


In a word: fascinating. -- Nareed, Nareed's Guide to SF Literature

It is good and competent, but not brilliant -- John H. Jenkins, Jenkins... Spoiler-Laden Guide to Isaac Asimov

I recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction. -- Greg S., Teen Ink

I'd recommend Asimov's earlier Books more highly, but if you've enjoyed them, you will probably enjoy this as well. -- Jeremy D. Frens

A good read. -- Adrian Hon, Vavatch Orbital

This Book seemed a little long for the story. -- Chris Brightbill, Chris' Book Reviews