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The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda lPrelude to Foundation Foundation Preuel 1 Publication Order 6 Isaac Asimov Prelude to Foundation is a novel by American writer Isaac Asimov published in 1988 It is one of two preuels to the Foundation series For the first time Asimov chronicles the fictionalife of Hari Seldon the man who invented psychohistory and the intellectual hero of the series It is the year 12020 GE and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity Yet Cleon knows 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 th My first Asimov book it was both wonderful and disappointing I The Tomb of Iuchiban loved the hugeness of the imagination at work here I enjoyed this book than I probably should haveAs the name suggest it is the preuel to the Foundation series which is considered one of the best SF series ever What Iiked about this book is the idea of the psycho history and also how the author imagined some of the worlds from Trantor Also the action was gripping if reading until 200am is a sign of that I have to admit however that the book is not a work of art The prose is uite simplistic and it is full of dialog OMGtoo much dialog The ast book I read with so much dialog was the Cosmetic of the Enemy by Amelie Nothomb 10 years ago but there the subject was an interview and the dialog was brilliant In the Prelude to Foundation the dialog is uite mundane and not very intelligent which is should have been taking in consideration that the main characters are two university professors one of who will develop one of the most important scientific concepts in the intergalactic world which will save the Empire from destruction or so I heardAnyways it did not matter that it wasn t a iterary masterpiece I enjoyed it a Advanced First Aid, CPR, and AED (Orange Book) lot and I can t wait to read the Foundation which is actually the first book in the series by the publication date In the realm of science fiction Isaac Asimov s stories have always been my woobie This rings especially true for his Robot and Foundation series For me they re aiterary panic room where I can escape the stress storms and never ending deadlines of the day to day ruckus into a much simpler time where the ambient happy is always turned way up Yesyesbefore you say it I Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow ll acknowledge your gripes about Asimov and even concede to some of them Asimov wasn t as skilled a wordsmith as say Jack Vance but in fairness how many people were He wasn t as brilliantly thought provoking as Arthur C Clarke and rarely if ever used his writing to address important social issues as theikes of Heinlein Silverberg and Ellison did Finegrantedand SO what Asimov tales are just rousing good yarns told with an infectious Star Trek optimism that fills you up with the belief that humanity is destined for bigger brighter and better things His stories are warm cozy familiar and fun They re comfort food a shot of optimism for the soul ike mom s chicken soup Therefore as this is my own biased subjective review I shall give a hall pass to the grandmaster regarding his tendency towards clunky dialogue his often unornamented transparent characters and his occasional deus ex machina plot conveniences They exist and this acknowledgement is as close to criticism of these stories as I intend to come PLOT SUMMARY Written in 1988 a uarter century after the original Foundation Trilogy this ong awaited prelude to the classic series covers a critical period in the evolution of psychohistory Beginning soon after Hari Seldon s moment of eureka when he first envisions the future chaperoning science as nothing than a curious philosophical impracticality to the momentous events that Norte: A Novel lead to Hari s realization that psychohistory has the potential to be developed as a practical effective tool against the Galactic Empire s pending collapse Taking place entirely on Empire s capital Trantor the story covers what is known as the Flight during which Seldon is forced into hiding from Eto Demerzel the Emperor s Chief of Staff who wants Hari s new science to be employed for the political benefit of Emperor Cleon I While on the run Hari travels across the massive planet with its population of than 40Billion and interacts with various cultures These interactions slowly work to remove the can t do fog from Hari s perception of psychohistory Ohand there s also a chubby raising tie in to Asimov s robot novels that does a great deal to smooth out some of the earlier inconsistencies between the two series andays the foundation no pun for a merging of the two series that had begun in Robots and Empire THOUGHTSUhIt s goodIt s funIt s comfortingFlaws aside the Foundation Trilogy was the first science fiction story I ever read and it began my ove affair with the genre that continues to this day Thus these stories will always hold a special place for me and I don t believe I l ever discontinue to view them fondlyAnd with good reason I thinkAsimov was a master at the big idea He was an artist who painted stories on a ginormous canvas depicting mega events and Mi karma y yo larger thanife characters The mind bogglingly Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved large galaxy spanning empire he created for the Foundation series was the prototype for all of the vast galactic civilizations that came afterHe thought big he wrote big he entertained big Yeah Il take that NowI did have one fanboy gripe about this installment and it stems from my frustrated desire to The Prime Minister of Paradise learn finally from Asimov the nuts and bolts of psych historical analysis Logically I grant that any such explanation had no chance of meeting my expectations and that Asimov being as astute as he was correctly decided not to provide revelations about the inner workings of the science By maintaining the mystery he avoided any taint upon the majesty of the idea Still I was a tad bummed by theack in this areaOh well I enjoyed myself and I oved that the story filled in gaps in both the Foundation series and the Robot novels Worth a read it will make you smile40 stars Highly Recommended Nominee Locus Award For Best Locus Award for Best Fiction Novel What I have done is to prove that it is possible to choose starting conditions from which historical forecasting does not descend into chaotic conditions but can become predictable within imits However what those starting conditions might be I do not know nor am I sure that those conditions can be found by any one person or by any number of people in a finite ength of time That is pretty much the gist of person or by any number of people in a finite ength of time That is pretty much the gist of Hari Seldon Asimov s most iconic character tries to accomplish in Prelude to Foundation The Sixth Foundation Book sixth Foundation book be published but the very first in chronological order If you are considering reading this classic sci fi series I personally recommend reading them in publication order rather than chronological order Originally Asimov had no plan to write than three Foundation books so clearly the original trilogy have to stand on its own and there is no reason to read the preuels to follow them Come to think of it I always recommend reading all series books in publication order if you need to read the preuels in order to understand the original books then those original books eave something to be desired More on this topic in the notes section after the review Hari Seldon is the genius mathematicians who developed psychohistory which he uses to guide the destiny of the entire human race scattered across the galaxy In the original trilogy Seldon is a very wise old man here for the first time we meet the egendary man in his thirties He has just conceived of psychohistory as a mathematical concept but has no idea how to make it practical At the beginning of Prelude to Foundation he is presenting his paper on psychohistory at a convention of mathematicians held in Trantor the capital of the Galactic Empire The sensational idea of theoretically being able to predict history using mathematics brings him to the attention of Cleon I the Galactic Emperor and his formidable henchman Eto Demerzel After summoning Seldon to uiz him about the practicality of psychohistory the Emperor ets him go but keeps him under surveillance in case he manages to make something useful out of his theory Soon after his interview with Cleon he meets a reporter called Chetter Hummin who convinces him to go on the run as the Emperor are about to pursue him and use him for political gains once he has time to consider the potential of Seldon s theory Seldon goes to Streeling University for sanctuary where he meets Dors Venabili who understand the importance of Seldon s work and decide to protect him from his pursuers When they do come calling Seldon and Dors go on the run with the advice of Hummin they seek sanctuary in various administrative sectors of Trantor Each sector they stay in has very distinctive peculiar culture and social s The authorities eventually catches up with him with surprising result Trantor one world one cityBasically the plot of Prelude to Foundation is Seldon and Dors on the run moving from one sector of the planet to another experiencing each sector s weird culture discovering clues and getting into trouble picking up an Artful Dodger ike street urchin called Raych along the way Eventually they come face to face with Demerzel and the denouement is uite unpredictable and amusingFor the first half of the book Prelude to Foundation moves at a Dark Passage leisurely pace andike Asimov s other 80s novels features engthy stretches of dialogue The substance of the conversations is generally interesting enough not to grind the narrative to a halt but the original trilogy is much tightly written On the other hand in the 80s Asimov was interested in developing characters These characters are not particularly deep or subtly nuanced but they are uite ikable and accomplish than just driving the plot forward Asimov was not great prose stylist but there is plenty of charm in his narrative he seems to be having fun writing the book gleefully including terrible puns mischievous bits of dialogue and pulling the rug from under the reader s feetIt seems that the main idea of Prelude to Foundation is to take a closer Delivering Your Mail: A Book About Mail Carriers (Community Workers) look at psychohistory One criticism of the original trilogy that I have seen is the basic tenet of psychohistory which has been criticized as not only impossible but unbelievable I suspect Asimov was aware of this criticism and uses it as a major theme for this novel If you are critical of the use of psychohistory in the original trilogy I don t know if Prelude to Foundation will change your mind personally I never minded Asimov s concept to begin with Still this book gives psychohistory of a background and I dig it Prelude to Foundation is mostly an entertaining and pleasant read it does become aittle The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez louacious and dry from time to time not intolerably so butess of that stuff would have been nice However fans of the series should not miss it Forward the Foundation nextNotes Trantor It is the year 12020 GE and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity Yet. Prelude to FoundationD sanguinary transfers of power If Seldon is to mature his science and stave off the destruction to come the Empire must remain at peaceAs if on cue Rashelle s plot is foiled as the soldiers under her command no Easy Breezy Miracle longer assent to her orders Hummin arrives on the scene and the remaining pieces fall into place Weearn that Hummin is none other thanCleon s confidant and advisor Eto Demerzel Moreover he s not actually a human at all but the egendary robot named R Daneel Olivaw whom Trevize and crew meet in the conclusion to Foundation and Earth Further still Hummin Demerzel Olivaw possesses mentalic powers a the Mule enabling him to subtly manipulate the emotions of others This explains Seldon s drive to perfect psychohistory despite his earlier skepticism the High Elder s Get Fast!: A Complete Guide to Gaining Speed Wherever You Ride leniency on Mycogen and Rashelle s failed scheme among other improbable feats of chanceHavingived the The Pleasant Light of Day last 20000 years Demerzel sees the approaching collapse of the Empire as inevitable and psychohistory as the mechanism by which to minimize the fallout Thus in accordance with the Zeroth Law A robot may not harm humanity or through inaction allow humanity to come to harm he intervenes just enough to nudge events in Seldon s favorPreuel FeverCritics have been somewhat harsh on this entry and not without reason the most fundamental perhaps being that Seldon s uest for a workable psychohistory just isn t all that compelling What made the earlier novels so memorable was exploring theimits of psychohistory and seeing whether the next great challenge was acidic enough to dissolve the Seldon Plan The cerebral acrobatics of navigating the contours of each successive crisis as the Galaxy tests its fate against the provisions of ancient prophecies forms the bread and butter of the Foundation series Sure Prelude contains all the twists and bombshell reveals characteristic of Asimovian fiction but the humble beginnings of Seldon s Big Idea fail to reach the epic heights imparted by the settings that have so endeared generations of readersDelving too much into origins also comes at a cost There s a certain mystiue surrounding psychohistory one of the most inventive and successful concepts in all of science fiction that isn t helped by reductive exposition By cutting the enormity of psychohistory down to size some of the series allure invariably wisps away More problematic is the The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes: The Prescription for a Lifetime of Great Health lackluster execution of the reveal There is no single ground shaking discovery or torrent of insight that sets Seldon on the right path no Eureka moments thatead him to his statistical aws He just wakes up one morning and says he s worked it out No iterally that s what happens We re supposed to believe his traipsing around Trantor set him on the right course to a solution That s at best unsatisfying even if it s naive to expect juicy insights into what are ultimately fictional concepts with The Go-Between little chance of being mapped onto reality But as plot devices go it s pretty tameWhat s the places they visit fail to inspire and feel thrown in merely to bridge Asimov s various fictional projects Aot of space in this book is tied up in external references to the Robot and Empire series in asides that aren t particularly purposeful in and of themselves The robot subplot on Mycogen and the preoccupation with the Aurora Earth connection for example make for interesting sync points with the Asimov corpus but don t do much heavy ifting in progressing the central plot of Prelude Asimov notes in the introduction that unification was not what he had in mind when these stories were conceived and devoted greater effort to the task ater in his career It certainly shows but surely it s not worth the confusion readers unfamiliar with his other stories are sure to experienceAs for plot holes there might be one relating to Olivaw He has supposedly functioned as Demerzel counselor to the Imperial throne for decades and is freuently referred to as the most influential person in the Galaxy even so than Cleon himself He has connections with sectors all across Trantor Yet no one knows what he ooks ike or that Hummin and Demerzel are the same person Or rather is it that Olivaw The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy lulls them into forgetfulness With the mind control mechanic one can never be sure I had the same issue with Jessica Jones alas There is also the obligatory caveat about character development As we ve come to accept from this series and from Asimov in general the individuals on the page serveargely as mouthpieces for Asimov s ever active idea saturated mind What development we do get is intellectual in nature as Seldon puzzles out solutions to psychohistory Where such shortcomings might be given a pass in earlier novels overshadowed as they were by the Deal Maker (Mixed Messages Book 2) (English Edition) larger arc built into the narrative they re visible wrapped inside a confined and chronologically compact storyWhat is uniue about Prelude however slight a difference it makes in the end is that Hari Seldon is widely thought to be modeled after Asimov himself Ruthlesslyogical chronically inuisitive and never satisfied he has the final answer in hand Seldon is the hardened intellectual Asimov embodied throughout his illustrious career The recurring problem however and Prelude once again fails to break the mold is the supporting cast who is every bit as effortlessly Godmanstone Blues logical and thorough as Seldon Each of the characters he interacts with even the oppressed women on Mycogen go toe to toe with Seldon s brilliance They speak the same way they reason the same way The criticisms of previous entries thus still stand the dialogue readsargely as an exchange between scholars than as variegated down to earth human beings with diverse flaws and personalities and cognitive talents to boot It s all the ironic given that social complexity is presented as the critical plot device underwriting psychohistory s evolution from concept to realityThe Alignment ProblemWhat if robots get there first One point raised by Dors is the implications of reducing human behavior to mathematical aws How horrible said Dors You are picturing human beings as simple mechanical devices Press this button and you will get that twitch Seldon s attempt to bring uadrillions of people under computational control puts Dors ill at ease despite the benevolent impulse behind it But should this give us pause as well After all whether we will be able to model our actions to this extent is irrelevant because our future AI companions most certainly will And this dovetails directly with the alignment problem in AI the notion that the goals of superintelligent AI may ultimately prove inconsistent with human well being or the preservation of our species Any dynamic self modifying superintelligence will eventually understand human behavior at the evel preservation of our species Any dynamic self modifying superintelligence will eventually understand human behavior at the evel the brain That Point Their Intelligence And Capabilities Will Have Far Surpassed point their and capabilities will have far surpassed own and we may come to be viewed as esser beings of trivial conseuence to the universe The fundamental worry is that sufficiently advanced AI will graduate from mechanical servants to omniscient overlords and treat us the way we treat cattle or insects Perhaps then we would need something ike an AI Mule on our side to out manipulate rogue AI The future of AI systems will be nothing if not interestingClosing Thoughts Prelude to Foundation is the story of how psychohistory was born We earn about the Delphic Hari Seldon who knew he could hold it down in a fight and how he managed to see the future in terms of probabilities Through expository jaunts on Trantor he meets a range of characters who cause him to see his project in a different Spitting Daisies Communicating Through the Sunset light and who will play pivotal roles in the events to come Many interactions seem to exist for the sole purpose of tying in his Robot and Empire series While some may find these tangents distracting they do add texture to Asimov s voluminous universe and neither substantially improve nor detract from Seldon s odyssey I enjoyed the intellectual jawing that permeates all of the Foundation novels even if Prelude sesser scope made me nostalgic for the high stakes space traversing amplitude of the earlier works Whether we ultimately needed an origin story is eft for the reader to decide As for myself it s the stories that emerge once Seldon s science is already off the ground that keep me coming back for Note This review is republished from my official website Click through for additional footnotes and imagery Unless you re just a die hard Foundation fan and have to read them all Prelude to Foundation can safely be skip This really wasn t that bad in fact I enjoyed it uite a ot but it was very disappointing It is an entirely different kind of book to Foundation which was about concepts Not amazingly written certainly but neither was this and without the great concepts there s not a huge amount eftI think it would be a bit harsh to say that this book was written to cash in on the phenomenon that was Foundation though I suspect that is part of it What probably happened is that Asimov realised that he could ink up all the books he d previously written for the Foundation series and for his robot stuff into one big series spanning thousands of years and the entire galaxy but still essentially inked Which means he had to write a few books to go in between the early robot stories and the ater Foundation series Preuals to the Stumbling Giants: Transforming Canada's Banks for the Information Age latter or seuels to the former It doesn t really matter because all this book is and I expect the other preualseuel too is a gap fillerSo this book draws out connections and follows its plot in an entirely arbitrary yet painfully predictable way Unlike Foundation which was delightful because it hardly paused for a second on any particular group of characters instead focusing on broad sweeping principles of politics and economics Prelude to Foundation follws tortuously the path of Hari Seldon in his uest to develop the science of psychohistory This involves close character study something which Asimov is very bad at Also while he s pretty good at the politicaleconomic stuff he s appallingly bad at the anthropological side of things The definiteow point of the book was the sojourn in the Mycogen sector of Trantor during which I spent most of the time feeling both appalled and insultedThe real thing that made Foundation great was that it Unexpected Circumstances left so much unsaid it treated the reader intelligently allowing them to make their own connections instead of explaining every minute detail of a plot development whose existence any observant person would have guessed fifty or so pages earlier Finally After all these years I have finished the first book of Foundation What exactly took me soong I will never know I really enjoyed this work it s high uality SF with all the societal elements inserted in it all the uestions about humanity posed and all of the wonders of the possible future bestowed on the reader Brilliant for someone who Prophets and Prophecy in the Ancient Near East loves the genre and I most certainly am inove with science fiction it sparks the imagination in a completely different way than any other Children of Ambition (Children of Vice, literary endeavour I can t wait to read the next books P S Hari Seldon still pisses me off Great book character annoyingittle shit. Ian 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 Empirethe man who holds the key to the future an apocalyptic power to be known forever after as the Foundati.

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S both a planet and a city it is an ecumenopolis a single continuous worldwide city It is however divided into hundreds of sectors with around 50 million people in each Asimov did not invent Psychohistory but he did popularize it As I mentioned earlier if you have never read the Foundation series before I recommend starting with the original trilogy from the 50s Having said that Asimov himself recommends the chronological order which would mean starting with this book Prelude to Foundation However this website shows Prelude as a supplementary volume Basically it is entirely up to you Not reading the series at all is not an option Asimov has a funny conception of e book readers some kind of cumbersome book viewer with a projector not even portable There is a surprisingly violent scene with infliction of bodily harm and blood etting I don t remember any Foundation or indeed any Asimov books with this kind of action So much for Violence is the Born in the Country last refuge of the incompetent from the original Foundation book It is uite fun thoughuotesPsychohistory The possibility of organizing the naturalaws of society in such a way as to make it possible to anticipate the future with a substantial degree of probability No sane man wants to uphold an Imperial system that maintains itself by fostering mutual hatred and suspicions Even when it seems to work it can only be described as metastable that is as too apt to fall into instability in one direction or another Why do we need millions of worlds distant worlds that mean nothing to us that weaken us that draw our forces far away from us into meaningless cubic parsecs of space that drown us in administrative chaos that ruin us with their endless uarrels and problems when they are all distant nothings as far as we are concerned Somebody wants to Trantorexit Well wasn t this a dreadful Out of the Shadows: A Memoir little bookIt s been decades since I read any Asimov but I remember him with fondness for the original Foundation trilogy I read in theate 70s along with several of his other novelsI do however have no recollection of his narrative style whatsoever After finishing this travesty that actually scares the shit out of me for considering the other nine books in this seriesPrelude to Foundation reads On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous like it was written by a somewhat over intelligent twelve year old who then handed Why he wondered did so many people spend theirives not trying to find answers to uestions not even thinking of uestions to begin with Was there anything exciting in ife than seeking answersNote As with other reviews in this series spoilers to followAfter five novels spanning as many centuries one might have supposed Asimov s stepwise tinkering with his Foundation universe had come to an end The adventures of Golan Trevize Janov Pelorat and Bliss concluded in Foundation and Earth 1983 with a finale as intellectually rewarding as it was thematically resonant Trevize gained the validation he desired for choosing Gaia or proto Galaxia over the Seldon Plan But just five short years ater again at the behest of avid fans and pushy publishers Asimov picked up the series once this time in the form of a preuel As its name suggests Prelude to Foundation 1986 was the first of two preuels setting up the events of the original Foundation novel released in 1951For most of the series psychohistory s founder Hari Seldon is this enigmatic figure spoken of only in cryptic uasi spiritual terms rather Crazy Crafting Mad Libs like a demigod Little is known about the man other than that he was a mathematical genius whose euations helped shepherd humanity through a series of increasingly existential crises In Prelude Seldon s saintly aura is stripped away as we are introduced to the young martial arts trained professoraboring to turn his coveted psychohistory into a practical applied science The first act opens on the planet Trantor the Empire s capital as Dr Seldon presents his seminal paper at the Decennial Mathematics Convention In a decision he soon comes to regret he ays out a theoretical method by which the future can be determined probabilistically The key word here is theoretical a detail those with a hankering for control over the world order seem uniformly disposed to overlook In Seldon s own words And I went on to show that this would result in the ability to predict future events in a statistical fashion that is by stating the probability for alternate sets of events rather than flatly predicting that one set will take placeNews of his work spreads ike a thunderbolt Emperor Cleon I himself arranges a meeting in the hope that he can use Seldon s abilities as a means toward self preservation Haunted by the specter of assassination Cleon is dismayed upon The Darkest Touch learning that psychohistory is not yet ready for primetime He s not about to risk it falling into the hands of his enemies however and orders his right hand man First Minister Eto Demerzel to keep close tabs on Seldon s progress Demerzel is a shadowy character whose influence penetrates each of the disparate sectors on Trantor Seldon now has a target on his back Indeed it seems he is now the most important person in all of the Galaxy with the powers that be all wishing to profit from a mature psychohistoryBefore Seldon can return to his home world of Helicon he runs into one Chetter Hummin an intrepid journalist who warns Seldon of the Emperor s intentions Like Cleon Hummin also seeks a functional psychohistory His aims prove noble than the former s as he anticipates it being used to divert the Empire from its path of rotting decay Seldon meanwhile harbors strong doubts that his mathematics actually possess the potential his benefactors so eagerly seek but Hummin is able to convince him that his research will be for the good of humanity After dispatching a couple of the Emperor s goons they flee to a nearby university in Streeling Sector where Seldon can tend to his work in relative safety There he meets Dors Venabili a historian and the second protagonist in this outing She agrees to watch over Seldon and assist him with his studies Dorsarger role in the narrative is shrouded in mystery and isn t fully explored until the second preuel In this outing she serves as an elouent sounding board for Seldon s freuent riffs and ruminations while her strong willed and circumspect presence nicely balance her counterpart s impetuosity and fitful naivete over the course of their journeys Thankfully for Seldon she is also uite capable of kicking ass when only violent options present themselvesSeldon s stint at the university is short ived as ass when only violent options present themselvesSeldon s stint at the university is short ived as is unable to escape the feeling that his every move is being watched by the Emperor and his minions Following a close encounter in which Seldon s reckless actions nearly get him killed Hummin relocates Seldon and Dors to Mycogen Sector an underground society on Trantor proper that is believed to possess some of the oldest records in the Galaxy It is thought that by simulating an earlier period of history where the moving parts were decidedly smaller in both scale and in number this will greatly simplify Seldon s intractable task of mathematizing human societies It wouldn t be an Asimov novel without heaping sexism and Mycogen serves it in spades As thoroughly patriarchal as it is puritanical Mycogen is a world in which the subservience of women has been raised to an organizing principle In public men speak only to men women are never to address men much From Madman to Crime Fighter less outsidersike Hari and Dors outside the privacy of their own home Seldon exploits the situation manipulating one of the women to obtain their sacred book hoping it may hold the clues he needs to perfect his theory The book appears to be a dead end but it does Death Comes for the Archbishop lead Seldon to believe that the Mycogenians are protecting one big secret a 20000 year old robot holed up in their Sacratorium a museum cum temple of sorts dedicated to remembering their past glory on the home world AuroraThe site is offimits to off worlders so Seldon and Dors don disguises and sneak inside They do in fact find a robot albeit defunct In the process they are caught by one of the High Elders an artificer whose machinations had ured the duo into a trap rather than Seldon doing the manipulating it was he who was beguiled into following a course of action pursuant to Mycogenian interests The Elder had been in communication with the Emperor and sought to strike a deal in turning Seldon over to Imperial authorities for his sacrilegious breach of custom Seemingly always in the right place at the right time Hummin intervenes by playing up psychohistory s potential for furthering Mycogen s interests The Elder reluctantly agrees to forget the whole ordeal reneges on his arrangement with the Emperor and allows the trio to depart Mycogen for good Hmm Hummin shuttles them off to another of Trantor s sectors known as Dahl Not only is their purpose for going here unexplained their stay in Dahl is one of the weaker sections of the book Were it not for introducing important characters who play a arger role in the seuel there would be ittle to recommend its place in the story Seldon meets a precocious factory worker named Yugo Amaryl whom he promises a job after seeing some scribbled euations Amaryl had been working on in his spare time Amaryl also mentions a wise woman known as Mother Rittah who holds ancient knowledge about Earth the original home of humanity and Seldon hopes an ideal case study for psychohistory Seldon and Dors venture into "the slummy billibotton district in search of rittah "slummy Billibotton District in search of Rittah they are set upon by a swarm of knife wielding miscreants Dors makes uick work of them an experienced knife fighter herself Shortly thereafter they befriend a homeless alley smart twelve year old named Raych who eads them to the oracle She reveals to them that the Mycogenians Before the Oath lost world Aurora was actually the robot world that destroyed Earth cue the Robot series Dahl authorities catch wind of their antics and send a pair of constables to uestion them Threatened with arrest Seldon and Dors knock out the officers putting our heroes permanently on the run Fortunately Raycheads them to safety when a mysterious soldier shows up on orders to escort Seldon away from Dahl Raych Dors and Seldon all end up in Wye a sector at Trantor s south pole whose mayor Rashelle has been biding her time as she plots the usurpation of Emperor Cleon s throne Rashelle s plan would allow her to gain full control of Trantor and its various sectors while relinuishing all Imperial command of the isolate planets Seldon she believes is the ace in the hole reuired to carry out her grand act of seditionSeldon wants no part in this scheme and for good reason he now knows how to make psychohistory practical Through his diverse cultural experiences in each of the sectors spread across Trantor he realizes Trantor itself will serve as the perfect model for developing his inchoate science which can then be generalized to the rest of the twenty five million worlds populating the Galaxy At Race: The History of an Idea in the West least that s the idea But if Rashelle s coup comes to fruition the Galaxy would be plunged into anarchy menaced by a neverending series of territorial disputes an. Cleon knows 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 mathematic.

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