by: Isaac Asimov
I guess this was the last Foundation book he wrote before he passed; there’s some mumbo-jumbo about it being the summation of his life’s work.
Anyway, Hari (from Prelude) continues to be annoying and unlikeable, and not particularly “genius-like”. Oh, there’s also a section where Dors goes barging around “Bailey-style” and asking questions until she makes a leap of logic (the wrong one) that gets her killed. Which is interesting, because I thought robots couldn’t make those leaps?
I guess if it was the author’s intent to show that Hari was really just a normal schmoe, caught up in the machinations of history himself, that might have sorta worked. I find it interesting that the Plan’s final salvation was such a deux ex vir (Ok I know that is probably wrong, but ‘vir’ is supposedly Latin for “man”, and I never studied Latin, so make of it what you will! It probably needs to be inflected somehow, but again I know nothing about Latin case markings and the like).
If you’re a Foundation completist, you will read this – and that’s the kind of reader this works for. Me, I’m sort of a completist, but in general I hate preludes. Why? Because we already know how the story ends. Seriously, I know the journey to getting there might be exciting and all, but I don’t fucking care if I already know how it ends. The main use of prequels (to me) is to insert stuff into a setting’s history that wasn’t mentioned before, but will be in a forthcoming book. This works well in comics. Not so much in literature IMHO.
TWO & 3/4 STARS (better than Prelude, but not much)