Prelude to Foundation

{4.5/5} “People think that because there are no rebellions at the moment and because things are quiet that all is well and that the difficulties of the past few centuries are over. However, political infighting, rebellions, and unrest are all signs of a certain vitality too. But now there’s a general weariness. It’s quiet, not because people are satisfied and prosperous, but because they’re tired and have given up.”

Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov, published in 1988

Young mathematician Hari Seldon has developed something called psychohistory that would theoretically predict possibilities for the future. But it’s not practical. That doesn’t stop the Emperor from trying to co-opt Seldon — luckily he runs into a journalist who sees what’s going on and offers his help.

This is the 5th book in the Foundation series but it’s a prequel — it takes place before Foundation.

It’s a terrific book, with a fabulous ending.

This is the 2nd time I’ve read it.

I previously reviewed the 4th book in the series, Foundation and Earth.

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