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The multiple ways Gregory Benford approaches Do Androids Dream? is a very rewarding question for the Foundation setting, although I find the timing (right after Seldon takes over from Daneel) to be problematic. Deciding to write an Interquel to Forward the Foundation is perhaps the biggest mistake here, as he drastically re-writes the relevant characters to fit the story he wants to tell.
This version of Hari Seldon is the down-to-earth son of a blue-collar worker, with laborer beliefs tied up with a highly educated background. I could certainly sympathize with complaints of Possession Sue, since the identity of Seldon has become tied to Dr Asimov. His casual use of alcohol, nicotine, and Fantastic Drugs is a rude awakening from the disciplined mathematician/fighter established in earlier canon.
The way Yugo Amaryl has taken the political bent of Raych makes it seem as if both are entirely absent, replaced by an intense younger man, being groomed to be a leader with psychohistory as a tool.
The Three Laws-Compliant restrictions on Dors Venabili seem relaxed, as she jumps to an incorrect conclusion, causing harm to an innocent and is prone to greater displays of emotion than before, accepting her own inaction while Seldon "murders" a non-human primate with restrained glee. She's somehow purpose-built for Hari, despite being his senior by centuries.
The story itself is fairly strong and does a reasonable job of holding the reader as it goes from scene to scene, but I feel that the more familiar you are with Dr Asimov, the more insulting these changes are from the original. Shoving the events back about a thousand years, and keeping only Daneel from Dr Asimovís original cast, would fit within this universe of slow decline and economic paralyzation much better.
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