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Prelude to Foundation

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Foundation*   See series as if on a bookshelf
A series of science fiction books written by Isaac Asimov.  They also tie in with the Robot series.

1) Foundation
2) Foundation and Empire
3) Second Foundation
4) Foundation's Edge
5) Foundation and Earth
6) Prelude to Foundation
7) Forward the Foundation
Copyright © 1988 by Nightfall, Inc.
To Jennifer "Green Pencil" Brehl,
the best and hardest-working editor in the world.
Suppressing a small yawn, Cleon said, "Demerzel, have you by any chance ever heard of a man named Hari Seldon?"
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Last Updated: 04-Mar-2023


Bantam Spectra Books
Mass Market Paperback
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Cir 01-Apr-1989
Mass Market Paperback
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United States
Will Cormier  - Cover Artist

Wisdom, wit, and an uncanny sense of wonder have become the trademarks of grand master Isaac Asimov.  Now, in an eagerly awaited publishing event, Asimov once again fashions the future of science fiction by going back to the beginning - presenting the overture to the greatest SF series of all time....


Is is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor.  Here in the great multidomed capitol of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technology and cultural complexity.  Yet Cleon knowns 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 known forever after as the Foundation.
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Notes and Comments:
Doubleday edition published November 1988
Bantam Spectra edition / April 1989
First printing based on the number line
Canada: $5.95

Bought this book at the Book Nook after discovering the whole Foundation and Robot series continuations and merge.



Isaac Asimov  
Birth: 02 Jan 1920 Petrovichi, Russia
Death: 06 Apr 1992 New York, USA

Contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion during a triple bypass heart surgery.


1989Locus MagazineBest SF Novel Nominee
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