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Preview — Preludio alla Fondazione by Isaac Asimov. Nell’anno dell’Era galattica Hari Seldonun oscuro matematico originario di Helicon, giunge sul pianeta Trantor per presentare le teorie sperimentali di una nuova scienza in grado di prevedere il futuro: L’ipotesi avanzata dallo scienziato accende subito l’interesse dell’imperatore e dei potenti personaggi che gravitano intorno a lui.
Ma tra lusinghe, raggiri ed intrighi di palazzo, Seldon si trova presto in pericolo Hardcoverpages. Published April by Arnoldo Mondadori first published May To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Preludio alla Fondazioneplease sign up. Jim Davis I was just thinking about this when the Sci Fi Aficionados club picked this as one of the books for a group read in November.
I have read all the …more I was just thinking about this when the Sci Fi Aficionados club picked this as one of the books for a group findazione in Ofndazione.
I have read all the Foundation books in the order they were published and that is my personal preference. I never saw a problem slla reading them this way and there is no specific reason for reading then in timeline order. The original trilogy was written in the early 50’s and then there was a gap until the early 80’s. Fortunately Asimov’s writing style and lack of reference to specific technology doesn’t make the first trilogy seem dated.
But if you prefer your stories to be chronological instead of “flashing” back then you may want to read them in the order of the storyline which would be: It’s out on the web somewhere but I don’t remember where.
He also recommends reading the Robot stories preljdio novels first and then the Galactic Empire novels because there are some tie-ins, especially with the Robot novels near the end of the foundation series. Alls is the list with the other two series included: The Caves of Steel His first Robot novel. The Naked Sun The second Robot novel. The Robots of Dawn The third Robot novel. Pebble in the Sky The third and final Empire novel.
Prelude to Foundation The first Foundation novel. Forward the Foundation The second Foundation asimob. Foundation The third Foundation novel, comprised of 5 azimov originally published between Foundation and Empire The fourth Foundation novel, comprised of 2 stories originally published fondazionr Second Foundation The fifth Foundation novel, comprised of 2 stories originally published in and Foundation’s Edge The sixth Foundation novel. Foundation and Earth The seventh Foundation novel.
As I said my personal preference is to read them in the order they were published and I included foneazione dates if you want to do it that way less.
See 1 question about Preludio alla Fondazione…. Lists asmov This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Well, wasn’t this a dreadful little book? It’s been decades since I read any Asimov, slla I remember him with fondness for the the original Foundation trilogy I read in the lates, 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- Well, wasn’t this fondazionr dreadful little book?
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 Stephen R. Donaldson and Elmore Leonardfor 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 prfludio, 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. 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. There’s no blind alleys. There’s no exploration of humanity or interpersonal relationships. 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. 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.
Preludio alla Fondazione by Isaac Asimov (1 star ratings)
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 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. The most important part of this book was the authors note at the front where Asimov said he only wrote this because of fan and publisher pressure I saw a review suggesting that only “die-hard Foundation fans” might like this book; well, I am indeed one of those die-hard Alpa fan, yet I thoroughly disliked Prelude To Foundation.
I would even say Asimov has brought significant damage to his franchise with this book. The Foundation Trilogy is an epic and legendary sci-fi story; epic implies a larger than life breath and width of the story; legendary implies that a few elements remains mysterious, in the shade, letting imagination fill t I saw a review suggesting that only “die-hard Foundation fans” might like this book; well, I am indeed one of those die-hard Foundation fan, yet I thoroughly disliked Prelude To Foundation.
The Foundation Trilogy is an epic and legendary sci-fi story; epic implies a larger than life breath and width of the story; legendary implies that a few elements remains mysterious, in the shade, letting imagination fill these blank spaces; Prelude To Foundation is nothing of all this. Firstly, it is a rather small story, its scope is narrow and fondazilne plot quite thin; I kept reading in the hope that at least the novel would tell us the story of the genesis of psychohistory, Secondly, the book provides us with a series of trivial, everyday life anecdotes of young Hari Seldon’s life; I did not need to know them and I did not want to know them, but the author decided to inflict them to me.
I would have wanted Hari Seldon to remain a mythical, perludio figure of which we know little apart from the groundbreaking invention of psychohistory; here instead we have to learn about Hari Seldon’s cooking abilities, love affairs and other day to day banalities. Hence, the aura of legend surrounding him is gone.
None of that here. The psychohistory stuff is a lot of mumbo jumbo and the rest is like a cheap adventure novel. I just could not finish this one. It was very slow development, preludioo least in comparison to all the other Foundation books. It also is written in a very different style from the original series.
The first book, Foundation, was published in When I read the series back in the early 70’s, Allla recall liking it, as I did a lot of Dr. Asimov’s other Sci Fi stories.
Preludio alla Fondazione
One dimensional cut outs for characters march woodenly through the most improbable story fraught with ridiculous “plot twists”, v The Foundation Trilogy won a Hugo award for “Best Science Fiction Series” One dimensional cut outs for characters march woodenly through the most improbable story fraught with ridiculous “plot twists”, vague motivations, and dialog that ranges from stiff to outright silly. Out of curiosity, I now have to reread Foundation, just to see if it’s just as bad and my teenage self in something didn’t noticeor if bywhen this was penned, Asimov was just not writing well anymore.
Not as bad as The Gods Themselves. Asimov is a great short story writer who is bad at novels. He has no grasp of character. His books — particularly this one — are nothing by 50 Isaac Asimovs talking to each other. Asimov the Emperor, Asimov the historian, Asimov the street rat, Asimov the mathematician. Everyone shares the same personality and all that defines them is hair color, eye color, and occupation.
There is no depth to any of them except the author’s own depth. I have not read any of the foundation books, but Prelude to Foundation does not make me curious about the rest.
Unlike the other books I read of Asimov, I found this one boring. He has a great imagination and conjures up a lot of different cultures, but that does not make for a good story. I made it to page and then skipped to the end.
Turned out I had no problem following the last bit of the story.