Saturday, October 22, 2005

Science Fiction Book Review: Psychohistorical Crisis

Psychohistorical Crisis
First off, I would like to note that my book reviews, at least the titles, are being narrowed down with the hopes that search robots will categorize my site a little better so that people looking for specifics in cyber-space may find what they are actually looking for.

Book review is too vague, so from now on, and retroactively, I will have categories before each book review. They will be; science fiction, horror, fantasy and mystery - the four types of books I most commonly read.

Now, on to this particular science fiction book review.

Psychohistorical Crisis, written by Donald Kingsbury, is indeed, as you probably guessed by the title, set in Asimov’s Foundation universe. It is another piece of a magnificent puzzle of Foundation, in this case the Second Foundation, where we explore all those great Psychohistorical ideas.

Most of the action of this book takes place on Splendid Wisdom, (aka - Trantor), where everybody from birth has a "fam" installed to work in tandem with their brain. Sounds horrid, but actually it is a powerful computer which is accessed directly from the mind with almost unlimited information, unique to each individual and installed at birth. The protagonist of the book, Eron Osa, has had his removed, but he doesn’t know why. You must do something very very bad to have that happen.

The book deals with greater ideas, but mostly how Eron finds out why it was done and what he can do about it and how to survive without one - not as easy as you might think. A vast picture is painted in an already vast universe created by Asimov, and the combination leaves you satisfied, if you are into the Foundation saga in the first place.

Even if you have never read Asimov’s Foundation books, (where have you been the last four decades?), it is still a good read with enough action and mystery and science to keep you going.

And worth reading if you have already invested the time in Asimov’s Foundation universe.

Donald Kingsbury, with Psychohistorical Crisis, creates a nice fitting piece in a larger work.

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