|Forward the Foundation|
Date: 31 August, 2004 — $7.99 — Book
Fiction, Science Fiction
This second direct prequel to Foundation is about the later years of Hari Seldon. Each segment is set about a decade later than the prior one, and includes a new challenge that Hari has to overcome in developing his psychohistory. The main difficulty lies in the fact that as one man, he is extremely vunerable in a degrading Empire, but his capabilities are all-important.
As his math gets more sophisticated, he is able to use it to help predict behavior, but his reputation goes sour as everyone believes he is trying to start the downfall that he is merely observing. And as time goes by, his associates, friends and family start to leave his side, leading directly to the Seldon of the Foundation series, the old man in a wheelchair.
It's a fascinating book, feeling like a series of short vignettes while being written as a novel. But hey, it's Asimov, who has long been popular for good cause.