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El hecho de que Hacia la Fundación se inserte de manera tan natural dentro de la saga de Fundación, hace que no sea un libro que recomiende a quienes no están familiarizados con la obra de Asimov: pertenece a un contexto muy particular y, hay que reconocerlo, no es la mejor de sus novelas.

Hell, there was a brand-new adaptation of "Foundation" on Apple+ just this last spring; I mean, a shitty and unwatchable adaptation, make no mistake, but there's something amazing to be said that people are still willing to gamble hundreds of millions of dollars on his stories. Asimov seems to more interested in pondering and exploring ideas than telling gripping, fast-paced stories. He even ties in another novel of his, Nemesis (which I don’t plan to read) that is only loosely related. But honestly, this brief overview of Hari's life and as he aged was more of a fan service thing than a particularly brilliant novel. We'll be talking a lot more about that in the next review, for 1951's Foundation which started them all, so I hope you'll have a chance to join me again next month for that.

It is set on Trantor, the governing planet of the Galactic Empire, eight years after the events of Prelude to Foundation. If you look at these three unrelated '50s series of Asimov while squinting and sort of half-frowning, you can sort of squeeze them together into one unified storyline, spanning not Heinlein's 300 years of the future but instead an entire 22,000, to an eventual populated Milky Way galaxy containing thousands of inhabited planets, where Earth has become the stuff of myth and legend, and where the main crisis is that the all-encompassing empire that has run the entire galaxy for the last ten thousand years is on its last gasp, and the only person who knows is an eccentric history professor who comes up with an intellectually clever way to help humanity prevent its own destruction despite itself.

I don’t really feel inclined to read the subsequently published Foundation books by other authors, what I would rather do is go back to reread his early robots and empire books. It seemed bloated at times, as Asimov tried to capture his own feelings of aging, tried to incorporate most all of his other works into a unified tapestry, as well as develop more depth among a more diverse cast of characters.Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory, his remarkable theory of prediction. When Santanni explodes in rebellion, Raych dies in a defense of its university while the ship carrying Manella and Bellis to Anacreon disappears mid-travel.

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