Title: Prelude to Foundation

Author: Isaac Asimov

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 404

Rating: 4/5

I’ve read a few of the books in the Foundation series so far, and I owned the rest of them except for this one. Seeing as I thought it was about time for me to finally finish the series off, I thought it would make sense for me to go ahead and buy this one so that I could go right back to the beginning.

It’s one of those series where it’s a little confusing to figure out the reading order because the publication order and the chronological order are different. This one is technically the first in the series, as you might have guessed from the name, and it goes back way before the foundation of the Foundation (see what I did there?).

So what’s perhaps most interesting about this book is that it allows you to see how the foundation itself actually came about. For some reason, I actually found that more interesting than I find the foundation itself, perhaps because it pretty much allows us to see how a dystopian future could come about.

Of course, it’s not quite that simple, and Asimov does a good job of making sure that nothing is ever black and white. At the same time, he’s also able to get philosophical at times and to use his futuristic sci-fi tale to hold up a mirror to our own planet.

It’s also interesting because a lot of the predictions that Asimov made are kind of reflected in our society today. For example, there are self-driving cards, or at least a variant of them. He points out (rightfully) that AI drivers are safer than humans, and in his vision of the future, the human drives but the AI takes over when it needs to so that it can avoid accidents.

The good thing is that you can also read this one at any point, and so you can go ahead and pick up the original Foundation books and then move to this one as and when you can get around to it.

I think that might actually be the best way to do things because I’m pretty sure that when most people talk about the Foundation series, they’re not really thinking about this one. And let’s face it, it’s probably not the best one anyway.

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