Prelude to Foundation Book Summary and Study Guide

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Mathematician Harri Seldon stumbled upon the concept of "psychohistory": that it is mathematically possible to predict the future! Soon Harri discovers many other remarkable things: that the Empire in all of its power may be after him, that he may die before he completes his theory of psychohistory, and most the most disturbing revelation of all, that the 20,000 year old Empire may be crumbling.
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The review of this Book prepared by curtis reynolds

Hari Seldon is a mathematician who invents a new science called psychohistory. Using this he can predict the future of humanity in broad sweeps. The present Galactic Emperor wants this science for himself-to make his rule stronger. Seldon, not wanting this, escapes and is helped by a reporter who turns out to be someone else. The book provides vivid accounts of the sectors on the planet Trantor where the plot is based.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 25%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   saving govt/kingdom from external overthrow    -   factions fight within govt for control Robots, Computers, VR    -   Yes Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:    -   good robot(s) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist    -   scholar Age:    -   20's-30's Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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