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L'altra faccia della spirale (Foundation (Publication Order) #3)

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Il lettore che si fosse lasciato sfuggire il primo e il scondo romanzo della famosa trilogia di Asimov Cronache della Galassia e Il crollo della Galassia centrale troverà in questo volume conclusio, che si legge anche come un'opera a sé stante, tutti i dati necessari per seguire fino allo scioglimento finale le drammatiche vicende dell'Impero Galattico: le due misteriose o ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Oscar Mondadori, 571
Published October 1974 by Mondadori (first published 1952)
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Isaac Asimov's Foundation series is often cited amongst the nerdegalian as the best sci-fi series evar. It's set, as you may guess, far into the future where a man discovers that Rome ...uh, I mean The Galactic Empire is fated to collapse and bring about 30,000 years of barbarism unless certain actions are taken to start a long chain of events, the first of which is to create a kind of galactic Wikipedia. I'm not normally a fan of hard science fiction, and reading this trilogy kind of reminds me ...more
The idea behind it's pretty good. Asimov has set up little philosopher kings to slowly shape the universe until they can accept being openly ruled by beings as superior as them, because of SCIENCE! It never actually handles the philosophical issues involved, but notes that they exist. Meanwhile, the plot is such:

Man1: Haha! I tricked you!
Man2: But I knew you were going to trick me. Instead, I tricked you!
Man1: But I knew you knew that I was going to trick you, so really *I* win!
Man2: NO! *dies*
Farhana Sufi
A circle has no end ... and then the shape of the Galaxy is like a double spiral .. so did I know the answer? Hmm.. not a bad guess. But that doesn't change this to be as entertaining and witty an end to the Foundation Trilogy as promised. All three of the original trilogy are just as much creditable today as must have been when first published. I am always humbled by Asimov's talent and his scientific foresight amazed me once more in terms of the technology described in this series. I am also i ...more
“Was his controlled mind so concerned with obedience as to lose initiative? He felt a thickening despondency drive him down into a strange lassitude.”
Poor Captain Han Pritcher. Mind control is a common sci-fi trope but the feelings or thoughts of the person under control are rarely explored. This is what makes Part 1 of Second Foundation so special. As I mentioned in my review of Foundation and Empire The Mule is a terrific villain, clever and ruthless but no exactly evil and a little pitiful.
4.5 Stars. Satisfying conclusion to one of the classic space opera trilogies in science fiction history. Asimov could really spin a good, fun yarn and populate it was great "larger than life" characters.
Bryant Rudisill
Asimov has a linguistic prowess that is nearly untouchable - nearly. Not any skilled writer can project a copious amount of thought and ideals behind a few well-formulated sentences. Let alone have the innate ability to fabricate conundrums for the reader to so innocently and unwittingly plunge into around every other page. I figured myself top-notch, thinking I had discovered the hidden secrets behind the book; thinking I had discovered the ultimate truth behind the words of Harry Seldin and fo ...more
Elijah Kinch Spector
It had been solidified heartbreak. It had been blasphemy.
p. 196

In the great tradition of First Lensman (the second Lensman book), Second Foundation has a title that wouldn't tell anyone that it is, in fact, the third in a trilogy. It refers to the actual Second Foundation, heretofore only hinted at as another, shadowy organization somewhere at the other end of the galaxy, far from our Foundation, who are of course preserving technology and re-civilizing parts of the galaxy nearer to them.

The Sec
Asimov pulled it off! The cliffhanger at the end of "Foundation and Empire" leads to a wonderful storyline full of mystery and intriguee in "Second Foundation." The Seldon Plan, which worked like a Deus Ex Machina in "Foundation," finally faces a serious threat. Not to mention, Asimov's writing has improved by leaps and bounds in this book, and the glaring exposition necessary at the beginning is handled with much more subtlety and believability. In "Foundation" and the first half of "Foundation ...more
Fin a la trilogía aunque no a la Saga. El fin de esta trilogía si que me ha gustado. La segunda parte fue flojita pero esta segunda me parece genial. Divide el libro en dos partes y lo hace ameno, con intrigas y sorpresas constantes. Se me ha hecho imposible adivinar que pasará y me ha parecido un final muy bien hilado.

La decepción viene quizá de esperar que apareciese cierto personaje que aparece en a lo largo de las sagas de Asimov y que finalmente brilla por su ausencia en esta trilogía. Supo
Ricky Ganci
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Read in Portuguese. Awesome trilogy.

These Asimov's books has earned a special place in the sci-fi genre and it's well deserved. It's a Masterpiece! But it is not for all kind of readers. It's "Like it or leave it!" kind of book. I don't recommend it for those people who like to read something quickly and full of action. To fully enjoy Foundation you need to read this book without today's perspective, I mean, it's been written in the 1950's, and inspired so many writers that the ideas about the f
Ariane Nazemi
Issac Asimov has captured the imaginations of millions with his Foundation series. From the humble beginnings of the early first Foundation, to the full-on space drama of the events that unfold in "Second Foundation", Asimov has never disappointed in his ability to create intricate and detailed plots.

In "Second Foundation", we follow the path of the Mule, now ruler of his "Union of Worlds", desperately trying to find and eradicate the only force in the galaxy that can stop his expansion: the Sec
As I continue to read through the Foundation series the stories and the writing tends to get better and better. Take for instance in Foundation and Empire, Asimov left us with a cliffhanger sort of ending that left for suspense and great pick up point for a story. Generally in my opinion the story telling has improved throughout the novels and the characters become more appealing to me. Even through the characters are only part of this wonderful work of science fiction. The science fiction aspec ...more
Luke Devenish
Bliss me out, Bayta! The Second Foundation are controlling my mind! Well, they MUST be because I enjoyed this, the third of the Foundation space doddles, ONE WHOLE STAR MORE than the other two books that preceded it. Let's face it, I was certifiably paranoid BEFORE I picked up book number 3, but thanks to those cunning Second Foundationers and their ghastly galactic grip, I've gone starker raving bonkers than Ozzy Osbourne in receipt of a Final Notice gas bill. But there's a comfort in being min ...more
Nov 30, 2012 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
In "Second Foundation" our humble and cunning author played his trump card.

The Mule is still running around looking to conquer everything in sight including (and most especially so) the Second Foundation. While he hasn't found it yet, he knows that it must be there and working against him.

In the first book, the scope of the story was "cosmic" - despite there being important individual characters. But everything is presided over by the demigod-like Hari Seldon and his predictions.

In "Foundation a
A return to form if you can say that of a book containing stories apparently written before the disappointing book that precedes it. This was not an Earth shattering, life changing read but it was an enjoyable one nonetheless.

Technically this was the end of the original trilogy but with two more novels left in the epic 15 book universe I feel that there's plenty of room for further exploration of ideas only hinted at so far and plenty of enthusiasm left in me for reading them. However the end of
As much as I did not enjoy reading Foundation and Empire, I had a good time with Second Foundation. I’m pretty sure that this is because in Second Foundation individual actions were actually of importance. What a character did mattered; and therefore, I could care about it again. I felt conflicted because I was almost allied with the Mule in the first half of the book because at least he had some influence and I could be interested in what he was doing. In the second half, who doesn’t like a pre ...more
The search of the Second Foundation (SF) was organized first by the Mule himself. He successfully defeated the Fist foundation. We know that. He dreamed of enlarging his dictatorships to both the Foundations to make his victory complete and to rule the entirely Galaxy. He knew that the Second Foundationers, too, have a unique mental ability to tap minds. The Mule has got the same ability. So through the first part of the book you’ll notice the battle of mind tapping.

Such that to find where the
Ela Leiva
Al fin terminé la trilogía de la fundación y debo decir que me encantó, y este libro en particular porque cierra la idea inicial, la creación de las dos fundaciones establecidas por Hari Seldon, con el fin de acortar el periodo de barbarie que sigue al derrumbe de una civilización (una Roma a nivel galáctico). Este último libro es la confrontación entre las dos fundaciones: la científica destinada a constituir el nuevo imperio; y la fundación "psicológica", con el poder de controlar las emocione ...more
Hands up - I didn't predict the location of the Second Foundation. Thought I had it but in hindsight that would have been far too obvious in comparison with the complete mindfuck of revelations that were to come. (Apologies for the crude language but that is definitely the best word to describe the veritable merry-go-round that Asimov presents at the end of the book). Decent enough ending to the trilogy - it loses a star more for ideological reasons in that I would be fundamentally opposed to th ...more
La tercera parte de la trilogía de la Fundación se centra en la misteriosa Segunda Fundación, instaurada por Hari Seldon para preservar la integridad del plan y actualizarlo a medida que pasen los años y la posibilidad de error aumenten en forma significativa.

La historia empieza con la búsqueda del Mulo por la Segunda Fundación y la especulación que se trata de psicólogos poderosos, capaces de influir el pensamiento de los humanos. La segunda parte de la novela explora las consecuencias de esta
I was all set to base this review on parallels between the Foundation trilogy and the original Star Wars trilogy; the first was groundbreaking, the darker second installment had stronger characterization plus 'empire' in the title and the third includes an element to appeal to kids (with a child protagonist taking the place of the ewoks,) plus there are prequels. That these parallels didn't make for more than one paragraph means this review will include a more standard list of literary strengths ...more

So far the Foundation was safe. But there was a hidden Second Foundation to protect the first. The Mule has yet to find it, but he was getting closer all the time. The men of the Foundation sought it, too, to escape from Mule's mind control. Only Arkady, a 14 year-old girl seemed to have the answer, or did she...?

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So far the Foundation was safe. But there was a hidden Second Foundation to protect the first. The Mule has yet to find it, but he w

Isaac Asimov's SECOND FOUNDATION is the third volume of a trilogy that has earned "landmark" status as truly definitional to a genre. The genre, of course, is science fiction, or in its slightly hurt nickname, "speculative fiction." as Nabokov said, any exact definition of "sci-fi" would have to include Shakespeare's Tempest (ca. 1610), but that's a distinction most literary scholars would be loathe to make.

I disagree with Nabokov. SF, I feel, must include the development of technologies that al
Ales Zdarek
Next volume from the Foundation series is much better than the previous one – which, as I have written in the previous review, is not as bad as well, but if you know the main turning surprise of this book, is not interesting at all… :)

Author develops in this volume an idea, that because the Mule (one of the main characters of the previous volume – and this one also) was so much dedicated to find the Second Foundation, it lead to the fact that the First Foundation was able to find out about the S
Erik Erickson
True to form: Space opera on a grand scale; a tale of an entire galaxy, spanning the course of a Millenia, and all the myriad characters and history this entails.

Just like the first volume, Foundation, it introduces and discards a roster of main and supporting characters at a fairly rapid clip but Asimov manages to establish distinct personalities sufficiently enough, so that each of the dispersed plot lines provide a consistently thrilling experience for the reader. I had to read it this far f
OK, this one I liked a little more. Not because any of the characters are more interesting (although they, and their schemes were at least moderately interesting) but (I think) because of how Asimov showed the action from both sides.

He’s also provided an interesting situation in that, now that we (supposedly) know the goals of the Second Foundation we realize that hey, maybe that’s not the best goal. We’re just left with a power struggle between two parties that I think can both be sympathized w
-Remate a la trilogía original.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. El Mulo, tras cinco años al frente de la Unión como su Primer Ciudadano, comienza la búsqueda de la Segunda Fundación a pesar de que algunos de sus subordinados más cercanos consideran que no es más que un mito, y pone al frente de la investigación a Pritcher y Channis, de personalidades e historial muy diferentes pero que, a ojos del Mulo, se pueden complementar muy bien en su misión. Primer libro de la trilogía original
Eve Hogard
This is the first set of books that I have downloaded and read on an iPad (could there be a more fitting start?). A classic series, I have often heard these works referenced but this is my first read. I'm fascinated by the overall absence of women (no sex, why would you need women??) - but give some progressive kudos to Asimov for looking at the importance of psychology as a science. Because I've read contemporaries of Asimov - Heinlein, Herbert - it was impossible not to think about derivative ...more
William Saints
Me lo deja claro este último libro del ciclo de Trántor: Fundación y su mitología no son para mí. Sentí que fue como ver Star Wars: la primera estuvo buena, la segunda mejor pero esto tercera fue un bluff.
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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Foundation (Publication Order) (7 books)
  • Foundation (Foundation, #1)
  • Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2)
  • Foundation's Edge (Foundation, #4)
  • Foundation and Earth (Foundation, #5)
  • Prelude to Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #1)
  • Forward the Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #2)
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