Forward the Foundation

{4.5/5} “When I first began my work on psychohistory, it seemed a purely academic piece of research to me… But the decades pass and we know more and more and then comes the terrible urge to apply it.”

Forward the Foundation by Isaac Asimov, published in 1993

Hari Seldon is working away on psychohistory on Trantor. While Eto Demerzel — whose real name is R. Daneel Olivaw — is First Minister, Seldon feels he can safely do his work. But a demagogue named Joranum is getting a lot of support and endangers Demerzel’s position. Seldon puts his best man on the job, his adopted son Raych.

This is the 7th book in the Foundation series, following Prelude to Foundation. It’s another prequel, taking place 8 years after Prelude.

This is the last novel Asimov wrote.

The events in this story might not be quite as iconic as in others of the series, but it’s a great book. Seldon is a terrific protagonist.

One more quotation, from the back cover: “For it is only now that I am able to give my readers Hari Seldon during the most crucial, creative years of his life… You see, over time, Hari Seldon has evolved into my alter ego… in my earlier books Hari Seldon was the stuff of legend — with Forward the Foundation I have made him real.”

This is the 2nd time I’ve read it. I previously reviewed Foundation’s Friends.

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