Have you ever wondered if it is possible to predict the future of humanity? If so, you might be interested in the story of Hari Seldon, the man who invented psychohistory, a science that can forecast the fate of civilizations.
Prelude to Foundation is a science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, one of the most acclaimed authors of the genre. It is a prequel to his famous Foundation series, which spans thousands of years of galactic history. In this book, you will follow Seldons journey as he tries to develop his revolutionary theory and escape from the Emperor who wants to use it for his own benefit.
The novel takes place on Trantor, the capital of the Galactic Empire, a planet covered by a gigantic metal dome that houses billions of people. Seldon arrives from his home world of Helicon to present his paper on psychohistory at a mathematics convention. There, he meets Chetter Hummin, a reporter who warns him that the Emperors first minister, Eto Demerzel, is after him and that he must flee.
Hummin helps Seldon and his companion, Dors Venabili, a historian from Streeling University, to hide in different sectors of Trantor, each with its own culture and history. Along the way, they encounter various dangers and mysteries, such as robots, ancient legends, and a secret underground movement. They also meet Raych, a street urchin who becomes Seldons adopted son.
As Seldon explores Trantors past and present, he gradually realizes that psychohistory is not just a theoretical concept, but a practical tool that can save humanity from an impending collapse. He also discovers that Hummin is not who he seems to be, and that his role in the galaxy is much bigger than he ever imagined.
Prelude to Foundation is a thrilling adventure that will keep you hooked until the end. It is also a fascinating exploration of the origins of psychohistory and its implications for the future. If you are a fan of Asimovs work or if you are new to his world, you will enjoy this book immensely. Dont miss this chance to witness the birth of a legend!