Second Foundation (Foundation (Publication Order) #3)
It had been solidified heartbreak. It had been blasphemy.
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.
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
Having read the first two books of the series as viewed in chronological order, I kept finding myself comparing what I was reading in this novel, Second Foundation (Foundation, #3), and so some of the plot twists weren't as suspenseful for me as they would have been for someone who was re...more
This will make the third time I've read these three books. The first time was maybe 35 years ago and the second 15 years back. I remembered only the sketchiest outline of the store, but I more or less h...more
Asimov, the true founder of th...more
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...more
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...more
I think that thi...more
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...more
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...more
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*...more
This is a trilogy with grand scope. The great galactic empire is falling, and the great psychohistorian, Hari Seldon, is the only one who knows how to shorten the period of chaos that will engulf the galaxy until a second empire is established. To this end, he establishes two Foundations to serve as the seeds of the new empire. This is their story.
As with much older science fict...more
It was here that I became s...more
It's been a while since I read an epic. I do it every so often. I'm fond of Pynchon, fond of Eco, would have read DeLillo but I left Underworld on the train but stubbornly I won't go out and buy another copy.
Foundation, the Asimov trilogy, is in some ways a very simple read. It's not burdened with hundreds of characters, certainly only a small band gathers at one time and play out their parts in the drama. But the drama is nothing less than the good old "Fate Of The Galaxy."
The first tale reads the most like an old school SF novel, basically a travelogue of places and names and wondrous settings, mostly a story with little risk involved by the end. The second tale is more interesting, with a variety of characters, and some serious doubt as to who the reader should be rooting for (the First Foundat...more
Foundation wasn't a quick read for me. Nor was this third installment, with its deep layered ideas. Also, these books are set so far in the future, and so far out in space, that they don’t offer many familiar trappings (for example, Earth). What is more, Asimov's narrative rarely hits you over the head. The high-stakes drama, the fascinating philosophy and the ethical dilemmas must be unraveled...more
I really enjoyed the first book, although a patchwork of episodic short stories it really did work as a single book, though characters didn't keep the spotlight long enough to...more
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...more