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ILLUSTRATIONS


Trantor, the capital world of Galactic Empire, is rarely seen from space by the outworlders arriving from distant provinces. Its surface is completely covered by metal, protecting over 40 billion people living there. This picture is fairly representative of its appearance during the period when Hari Seldon lived there.
© 1997 Slawek Wojtowicz

Very few visitors ever saw the heavily guarded hyperspace relay system surrounding Trantor. Tightly coupled spherical network of these communication devices allowed Galactic Empire to exert control even over its farthest reaches. Only most trusted technicians were allowed to work there.
© 1997 Dieter Ludmann

Gaal Dornick was anxiously awaiting the first sight of the Imperial Capital of the Galaxy. When the spaceship transporting him from Synnax approached Trantor's orbit, it turned out that the View-room had to be closed just before the arrival...
© 1998 Luca Oleastri

Air and space traffic has been always very heavy around major spaceports on Trantor. Accidents were almost unheard of, but failures of the antiquated and poorly maintained computer navigation system became more frequent during the reign of Cleon II.
© 1998 Luca Oleastri

Many first-time visitors to Trantor find themselves quickly overwhelmed by the sheer size of metal structures covering the planet and are afraid of getting lost in endless tunnels. Fortunately efficient transportation systems, including taxi service, facilitate travel between hundreds of sectors, representing different domains of the Empire.

© 1997 Dave Bowden

Gaal Dornick needed a good few minutes to recover when taxicab driver dropped him off in front of the Luxor Hotel after a dizzying ride from the Debarkation Building... He felt out of place and was trying to look like someone who lived here for a long time... But nobody paid any attention, so it seemed...
© 1998 Slawek Wojtowicz

The Imperial Library on Trantor was one of Hari's most favorite places. He had to struggle continuously with the Library officials to keep his study room there. But the efforts were well worth it - it was the one and only place to study the ancient history. When Hari got tired of reading, he would go outside to rest on the Library Square...
© 1998 Slawek Wojtowicz

Dark corridors of Trantor bustle with traffic - while most of the passenger vehicles tend to travel closer to the surface, large cargo vehicles are usually restricted to the deeper tunnels during the day hours. These vehicles are automated and carry both fresh supplies delivered to Trantor from the nearby worlds as well as trash. Most of the trash is recycled on the planet. Non-recyclable trash is shipped into the space and injected into Trantor's sun.
© 1997 Marco Patrito

Almost half of the energy consumed daily by Trantor is produced in the heatsinks of the Dahl Sector. Deep tunnels in other Sectors are often abandoned... These empty corridors often serve as hiding places for criminals. Heat , humidity and horrible stench make these tunnels uninhabitable.
© 1997 Slawek Wojtowicz

According to the Encyclopedia Galactica, Terminus is located further from the Galactic core than any other habitable planet. Terminus was mapped by Empire's unmanned scout ships (see the attached photo) but remained uninhabited (mostly due to scarcity of metals on the planet) until it was turned into a home for the Foundation.
© 1997 Slawek Wojtowicz

In the final centuries of its glory Empire built some of the largest cargo ships ever constructed. Each of these ships was able to carry thousands of passengers and billions of tons of various materials. One of these ships was used to transport colonists from Trantor to Terminus.
© 1987 Rolf Mohr

Once cargo ship approached Terminus, hundreds of landers loaded with self-assembling hardware were released from its bowels. While the mothership remained in the orbit around the planet, the landers entered the atmosphere and proceeded towards carefully selected site of the future Terminus City.
© 1997 Dieter Ludmann

First settlement on Terminus, (later known as Terminus City or simply Terminus) was built by machines and designed to remind the steel structures of Trantor. Many colonists, unaccustomed to open spaces, suffered from agoraphobia anyway and preferred to stay within shielded tunnels connecting all buildings.
© 1997 Dave Bowden

Terminus has only few moderately sized land masses and is covered in a large part by shallow oceans. Terminus City was established on one of these small continents to house scientists involved in the work on the first edition of the Encyclopedia Galactica and their families. This photograph, taken several years after the move from Trantor, shows a customary ring of sentry stations newly constructed in the planetary orbit.
© 1997 Slawek Wojtowicz

Secession of the peripheral provinces from the Empire resulted in political instability and frequent wars in the Periphery. The war between Anacreon and the Kingdom of Smyrno preceded the first Seldon Crisis. It should have been a warning for Terminus...
© 1997 Marco Patrito

All of the Seldon crises were preceded by an appearance of Hari Seldon himself in the Vault... The first opening of the Vault wasn't very well attended, but its' impact was immense: the scientists of Terminus learned that there was something much more important that their beloved Encyclopedia Galactica : Hari Seldon's Plan... Their true destiny was finally revealed. Hari's visits quickly became source of confidence and hope for the Foundationers and a sure sign that things were always under control, no matter how serious the situation seemed to be.
© 1997 Stephen Youll

When Anacreonians discovered an abandoned Imperial Cruiser, the second Seldon Crisis was already brewing. Foundationers were forced to fix the Cruiser, but thanks to the shrewd policies of the first Terminus Mayor Salvor Hardin, Anacreonians discovered quickly that it was dangerous even to consider attacking Terminus...
© 1997 Dave Bowden


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