Prelude To Foundation Author:Isaac Asimov Wit, wisdom, and an uncanny sense of wonder have become the bestselling trademarks of grandmaster Isaac Asimos. Each of his works has marked a new milestone in science fiction literature. But none has shaped the very future of science fiction more than his Foundation Series. beginning with the phenomenal Foundation and continuing with Foundation... more » and Empire, Second Foundation, Foundation?s Edge, and Foundation and Earth, this monumental mid classic saga already has sold well over six million copies. Now, in an anxiously awaited publishing event, Isaac Asimov once again fashions science fiction?s future by going back to when it all began? presenting the overture to the greatest SF series of all time, the newest Foundation book. PRELUDE FOUNDATION.
It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon, First of that Name, sits uneasily on the Imperial throne. Here on Trantor, the great multi-domed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. It is a world so intricately woven that pulling one thread would unravel it all Cleon I is unnerved by this for he knows there are those who would see him fall? those he cannot touch. If only he had knowledge of what lay ahead, then the Empire truly could be his.
When young Hari Seldon arrives on Trantor, he is unaware of the perilous polities that are brewing. The thirty-two-year-old Outworld mathematician has come simply to attend the Decennial Convention and do a bit of sightseeing. But when he presents his paper on psychohistory, his remarkable theory of prediction, little does Hari realize that he has sealed his fate and determined the destiny of humanity. For Hari Seldon possesses the prophetic power that is so desired by the Emperor. And now suddenly, this naive and little-known Heliconian has become the most wanted man in the Empire as he desperately struggles to keep his portentous theory from reaching the wrong hands? while forging the key to the Future?a power to be known as the Foundation.« less