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Isaac Asimov
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Foundation's Edge (Foundation (Publication Order) #4)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  49,713 Ratings  ·  823 Reviews
At last, the costly and bitter war between the two Foundations had come to an end. The scientists of the First Foundation had proved victorious; and now they retum to Hari Seldon's long-established plan to build a new Empire that the Second Foundation is not destroyed after all-and that its still-defiant survivors are preparing their revenge. Now the two exiled citizens of ...more
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Published January 1st 1982 by John Curley & Associates
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Jul 05, 2014 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
First published in 1982 almost 30 years after the last volume of the iconic original Foundation Trilogy, namely Second Foundation, I was skeptical that Asimov would be able to maintain his mojo post the Golden Age of Science Fiction when he was publishing his most iconic sci-fi stories and novels. Of his 80s books I only read The Robots of Dawn which I thought was quite good but not in the same league as his 50s robot novels The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun. Still, I liked it enough to rekin ...more

Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.

On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.

While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Excellent book, but not as good as the original trilogy.

Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1983)
Winner: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1983)
Nominee: Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1983)
Nov 02, 2016 Denisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asimov surrounds me everytime I read his books. This time he worked more on the characters and their interactions, which made the book even more fluent to enjoy. The writing style is still very simple, so even when the plot gets dense it doesn't bother and everything Asimov has to say about the Universe, the human race, our minds as a group or a single person is so fascinated to me. A very special book about balance, our decisions and how important they are. Second favorite behind Foundation. I ...more
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Derek Davis
Nov 30, 2012 Derek Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't plan to read the "later" Foundation books because most attempts to reinvigorate an early, highly successful series (and except for "Lord of the Rings," no original series of the '50s and '60s was as successful as the Foundation trilogy) usually leave you somewhat embarrassed for the author.

Not here. Rather than trying to reanimate the sword-and-hoopla of much of 1950s SF, Asimov writes us a 450-page logical argument. You might think that would be enough to give Socrates a headache, but,
Jan 10, 2013 Daavid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has read The Original Foundation Trilogy
4.5 Stars
Definitely a better read than the The Foundation Trilogy, as some friends had suggested. :)

Having written this much later in life (early 1980s, 32 years after the publication of the previous Foundation book Second Foundation), Asimov's writing style seems to have had improved than from the 1950s. The book won the Hugo Award for best novel and the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 1983. Although the book is self-contained, the story in this book is a continuation to the origi
Jul 05, 2010 Oomaf rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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May 16, 2011 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Expectations are funny things you know. Working in a secondhand bookshop I see so many copies of this title on my heavily discounted shelves all the time, nobody buying it even at $2; I was under the impression that it must've been a very poor addition to the series because every other Asimov gts bought instantly. How wrong I was.

This is quite possibly my favourite of the Foundation novels so far, not including the early robot/Lije Baley books, it would have received 5 stars if it was for the fi
Finally! Asimov realizes the potential of his Foundation stories in this fourth volume in the series. There is an altogether different feel to it. Less a dramatic history and more of a suspense/mystery tale, Foundation's Edge focuses on Councilman of the Foundation Golan Trevize whose conspiracy theories concerning the existence of the Second Foundation get him in a lot of trouble. Set up opposite Golan is a young speaker of the Second Foundation, also aware that something is completely wrong wi ...more
Emre Ergin
May 11, 2012 Emre Ergin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
aaa mass effect 3.

Bu kitap şimdiye kadar okuduğum Vakıf serisi romanları içinde beni en sürükleyeni ve aynı zamanda eser miktarda da olsa düşündüreni oldu. Karakterler serideki diğer karakterlere göre çok daha keskin ve birbirinden ayrık çizilmiş. Bir sonraki kitaba hazırlık niteliğinde, gelecek insanlarının köken sorununa, dünyaya dair yaptığı spekülasyonlar da okuması keyifli yerlerdendi. Ama şu da olabilir, beğenimin belki kitapla alakası olmayan sebepleri vardır. Görüşümü saptıran sebepler ş
Jul 17, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Admit it: after reading Second Foundation, you believed that the Second Foundation was safe forever more, didn't you? Didn't you?! Of course you did.

How unfortunate for you, as people - even future people - love a conspiracy theory and will hold to it with incredible tenacity even to the point of making a second attempt at eradicating the Second Foundation the key plot point of yet another novel by Asimov. And why do the people of the (First) Foundation want to eradicate the Second Foundation? B
Bill Wellham
Jul 15, 2009 Bill Wellham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asimov returns to the great Foundation series with a great sequel. Written decades after the original trilogy, Edge seems to have a different writing style. In my opinion, an improvement on the earlier Foundation stories. The original trilogy built up to this point using many characters and twisted plots. Asimov used his ingenious ‘psychohistory’ mechanism to drive the story through hundreds of years, always pushing along a destiny for mankind.

This sequel is set five hundred years forward from t
Jul 13, 2013 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci fi fans.
I'm reasonably sure I've read this before but so long ago that I forgot a lot of it. In any case Asimov is always a pleasure to read. Asimov is still considered one of the three great masters of Science Fiction. Sometimes I just need a break from Mt. Readmore and want to read a book reliably good. Asimov often fills the bill in that case. In this case, we find there are organizations involved besides just the First and Second Foundations. But are there other extra organization(s) involved or not ...more
Gillian Brownlee
My favorite of the Foundation series so far. They just keep getting better!
Ken Doggett
Aug 27, 2014 Ken Doggett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Foundation's Edge is a sequel to Second Foundation, and was written decades afterward. Before reading the book, as I looked at the cover, I noticed that this book earned/was awarded a Hugo for "best book." I was skeptical. Having read all of the Foundation Series books leading up to this one, I thought this might be an honorary award; Asimov was a founding father of modern Science Fiction, and perhaps due for an award.

Not so. Of all of the Foundation books I've read so far this is far and away t
I read the Foundation Saga a while ago. Back then, I'd bought the first few volumes in Spanish. In fact, I think the first volume I bought was actually, "Prelude to Foundation," of which I'll have to write a review soon because it probably is my favourite in the entire saga. However, while Prelude may be my favourite, "Foundation's Edge" isn't far behind.

This time around I read it in English during an 8-hour bus ride to and from. It must've taken me around 10 hours to finish due to Asimov's rath
Aug 25, 2012 Petros rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After the collapse of the galactic empire, the second Foundation is preparing the way for a second empire to emerge in some centuries and restore the civilization to the galaxy. But something is amiss, as there seems to be another powerful group of telepaths out there that stand in their way.

This book was written decades after the initial trilogy, so it has a far more mature way of writing. The characters feel a bit livelier and there are far more descriptions around technologies and the galaxy
Jan 03, 2016 Thom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-series
Isaac Asimov returns to the Foundation series some 30 years later, bringing with him some good twine to reel in his other series (Robots and Empire). He also brings with him the authorial respect and catalog he lacked early on, and that led Foundation's Edge to the NY Times Bestseller list. But was it good?

The first three books were told in pairs of stories, and this has only one, though with two distinct points of view (one for each Foundation). Schemes of both are brought together near Gaia, a
Danial Behzadi
Jun 05, 2016 Danial Behzadi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
از ادبیات علمی تا اسطوره.
به نظر آسیموف در این کتاب تصمیم گرفته از خر علمی-تخیّلی بیاد پایین و سوار اسطوره بشه. در این کتاب دربارهٔ اسطورهٔ گایا میخونیم، البته نه دقیقاً به همون شکلی که از مادر زمین تا به حال خوندیم؛ بلکه گایایی شکل گرفته به دست روباتها، بر روی سیّارهای در کهکشان.

بعد از خوندن این کتاب دریافتم که علاوه بر کتابهای الهه انتقام (نمسیس) و سفر شگفتانگیز که پیشزمینههایی برای درک بنیاد دوم هستند، باید کتاب پایان ابدیت هم برای درک بهتر گایا بخونم و این کتاب رو هم به مجموعهٔ دنیای بنیاد بی
Jul 03, 2010 Rick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Way too much time was spend on explaining the theory behind ... Well, everything in the book. This was a good example of way so many people get turned off by sci-fi and think that you can't have entertaining narratives that are scientifically accurate. Stereotyped, single dimensional characters and don't even get me started on the portrayal of women - in one scene a university professor's wife leaves the dining room because she's offended by the topic of conversation. She said nothing during the ...more
Ales Zdarek
Jun 20, 2013 Ales Zdarek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely classic sci-fi and you need to consider this book as such. In this book there are not so many disturbing moments, visible in the previous books of this series. Maybe one of the reasons is the fact that the author wrote this book almost thirty years later after finishing the original trilogy. Even then there are some disturbing, not fitting moments, but they are really not so many and not so strong.

Autor was very skillful in setting the novel in the way that although it has sev
Martin Hernandez
Escrita 29 años después de la publicación del último libro de la Trilogía de la Fundación, Segunda Fundación, y 32 años después del primer relato de Fundación, Los límites de la Fundación supone el retorno de Asimov a la continuación de la saga. Según el propio Asimov, en el prólogo escrito para Fundación y Tierra en 1986, "los aficionados [...] me pidieron que continuase la serie. Les dí las gracias, pero seguí negándome. [...] Pero Doubleday se tomó aquellas peticiones con mucha más seriedad q ...more
Dec 08, 2009 Kalyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed-series
Re-read of the Foundation books. Including this one mostly for completion. I don't enjoy this book as much as the original trilogy. The story just seems too contrived and too easily tied up. The story continues along the same lines as the rest of the Foundation series, but for some reason I find this one pushes me too far for me to go along with the more fantastical elements. Gaia just seems too far-fetched - that's probably a person issue. The writing is excellent (to be expected from Asimov) a ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Foundation's Edge (Foundation (Publication Order) #4), Isaac Asimov
عنوان: لبه بنیاد کهکشانی؛ نویسنده: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: پیمان اسماعیلیان خامنه؛ تهران، بنیاد مستضعفان و جانبازان، 1373، در 520 ص،
Mar 26, 2017 Valzoak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Libre Albedrío"
"Guía y Paz"

Tengo que reconocer que el cambio de estructura con respecto a la trilogía original no ha sido del todo de mi agrado, y que se me ha hecho un poco cuesta arriba a ratos, pero OH BOY, se queda tremendamente interesante. Por desgracia por mi modo de organizar las lecturas seguramente tarde unos meses en empezar la quinta parte, pero sólo por las últimas páginas me ha merecido todo el libro.

De alguna manera, siento que la narración es más madura ahora, se funda
Simon Mcleish
Jul 12, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in November 2002.

Foundation's Edge was the first science fiction novel Asimov had written for a decade, most of which he had spent concentrating on non-fiction. It had a mixed reception, composed on the one hand of the desire to extend a welcome to an old friend long absent (which brought it the Hugo award for 1983), and on the other of the feeling that it was a sequel which failed to live up to the classic Foundation trilogy which it follows.

Reading Foundati
Oct 09, 2013 S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A person writes a famous trilogy, launches a celebrated literary and non-fiction career, and then thirty years later, when he is in his sixties, adds a fourth volume, reopening the spigot to yet another sequel and then a pair of prequels. Has this ever happened before? The closest example I can think of Lord of the Rings with Similarillon tho' I don't know of any multi decade hiatus. Maybe Dune spread out over years?

Anyway the long and the shot of it was that of course this could have been very
Tobin Elliott
Feb 07, 2017 Tobin Elliott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, fiction, sf
While this series still shows its age (especially this one, I think simply due to all the explanations of how computers work, etc.), I have to say I enjoyed this one a bit more.

While still displaying all the hallmarks of a typical Asimov Foundation>/i> novel, which is to say, at least three people engaged in at least one discussion of "Haha! I've outsmarted you!" "Haha! You only believe you have! But had you considered X, you would see that it is I that has outsmarted you!" "Bwha-haha! You
Ms. Smartarse
Oct 18, 2012 Ms. Smartarse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I was sooo looking forward to the continuation. I just couldn't believe that Asimov would end it a mere few hundred years in (out of an entire millenium).

It actually starts out quite well, with Golan a hot-headed young politician exiled from Terminus. Dr. Pelorat his companion who just wants to search for Earth (the primordial planet) and all the legends that shrouded everything in mystery...

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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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