"Prelude To Foundation" By Isaac Asimov

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Prelude to FoundationPrelude to Foundation is the beginning of a great series of science fiction books by Isaac Asimov. It is the year 12,020 G.E., and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows that there are people who have the desire to see him fall, those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future. Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to give his speech on psychohistory, his remarkable theory of prediction. Doing this, he just makes himself the most wanted man in the Empire.Eto Demerzel, the ...view middle of the document...

Seldon works there on trying to develop psychohistory a little bit, knowing that it will take centuries of hard work. Then he has a little accident and is told by Hummin that it is not safe here anymore. So now he is transferred with Dors to another sector of Trantor, by the name of Mycogen. This ancient and strange-cultured world provides Seldon with lots of information of the past that he can get nowhere else. Yet he gets in trouble with their government by breaking some of their religious laws. But he does this only for psychohistory. Nobody cares. They kick Seldon and Dors out, almost executing them if it wasn?t for Hummin. Next, Seldon and Dors are taken to a sector called Dahl, where they live with a young and middle-class family. Here Seldon, in search of information about the past, decides to go talk to a fortune-teller in the bad part of the city. On Dahl, knives are illegal to own, yet everyone carries at least one for protection. Surprisingly, Dors, who must protect Seldon at all costs, goes out to buy some extra-large fighting knives. Seldon doesn?t even know how to handle one. On their way, they come across a homeless 12-year-old boy for directions. He shows them the way and they become friends. Remember, this is the bad part of town. That means that everyone is very poor and there are gangsters everywhere. That is what the place is famous for. Returning from the old fortune-teller with some ancient facts, they meet a band of ten big...

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