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Second Foundation (Foundation Universe)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  86,805 ratings  ·  1,211 reviews
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...?
Mass Market Paperback, 233 pages
Published November 12th 1984 by Del Rey (first published 1953)
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Charles Brown There is only a brief answer. After the Mule died, Han was put in charge, but he didn't have the Mule's mental powers and everybody rebelled.…moreThere is only a brief answer. After the Mule died, Han was put in charge, but he didn't have the Mule's mental powers and everybody rebelled. Presumably Han was still under the Mule's spell and nobody could cure him of it. Mr. Munn tells Arkady about this while they are on Kalgan.(less)
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Sanjay Gautam
What a great completion of the trilogy! This book, the last part of Foundation trilogy, was very captivating from the start and became even more interesting and enthralling leading to a great spellbinding climax. This trilogy has now entered to my all time favorite books. It has been a great experience reading Isaac Asimov.
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*
Sep 21, 2015 Denisse rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction hardcore fans. Foundation hardcore fans
A book divided in two parts again, it can be read as two novellas instead of one book. I actually see it that way. A great conclusion with the fluent and smart writing the trilogy has had so far but a bit more focus on answers. Not as philosophical as the previews but far more dynamic. The trilogy in general is the perfect definition of well-plotted. Fast and interesting, perfectly exposed and detailed, intriguing and exciting. Second Foundation can be called an original ending even after all th ...more
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
Farhana Sufi
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“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
Ahmad Sharabiani
527. Foundation, Isaac Asimov
امپراطوری کهشکشانها (سه کتاب) - ایزاک آسیموف (شقایق
Second Foundation (Foundation, #3), Isaac Asimov
عنوان: سقوط امپراطوری کهکشانها (بنیاد دوم)؛ نوشته: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: حسن اصغری؛ تهران، شقایق، 1371؛ در 358 ص
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 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
Ricky Ganci
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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
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
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
Ok amazon. I heard you the first 8 billion times. Issac was a Mr Smarty Pants. We get it. But that shouldn't be the reason we read his books. We should read them because they are freaking amazing (which they are). I wouldn't care if a team of spam fed wild chinchillas wrote this book, because I'd still love the hell out of it. It's a great fun story. That's enough. There's no need for IQ measuring or other such nonsense. Let the brilliance
I was at the edge of my seat throughout nearly this entire book. "Foundation" (the original book in the series) may seem rather dull and formulaic, but have faith! You will be utterly rewarded by he brilliance of "Foundation and Empire," and the capstone, "Second Foundation." I loved it!
I have mixed feelings about this one. The first half, dealing with the Mule and captain Han Pritcher, (two of the best characters in the saga) is really quite interesting and probably one of the most engaging sections in the whole trilogy. But then the second half introduced us to yet more new characters, most of which I cared little about or otherwise had trouble telling apart, and had so many silly twists regarding who is in fact holding the truth about the Second Foundation that I started to ...more
Daniel Gonçalves
A prophet needs prescience and clairvoyance to accomplish his task, and Isaac Asimov possessed these qualities, because he was one. He did it by conveying the distant future to his followers.

It was the Foundation series that made him famous and propelled his name into the annals of science fiction.In this third book, Asimov continues the quest for truth by delivering something unseen in the previous two iterations: consistency.

His only major flaw as an author – not being able to utilize engagi
"Il più stupido tra gli uomini è colui che non si rende conto di essere saggio".

Una grande chiusura del cerchio a termine del viaggio attraverso l'Impero e la Fondazione. Asimov si conferma un maestro, con questa chiusa ciclica che svela il più misterioso dei lasciti di Hari Seldon.
Anche in questo caso, il romanzo è polarizzato tra i due centri focali dei rispettivi racconti originali: lo scontro tra il Mulo e il Primo Oratore, nella prima parte, e il dialogo finale che porta, passo dopo passo,
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
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
The third book was good, bad, amazing - sort of mixed - for me. Asimov's sometimes-bad writing puts me off several times. The end of the book, being the end of a trilogy was really nice! More on this in the review of the trilogy itself. It really got boring to me with the chapter where Asimov goes into the details of electroencephalography and the brain-waves. That one was like a kick on my brains!! The mystery of the whereabouts of the Second Foundation was very well kept, ... a MyStErY!!
It's so funny when SF writers, especially ones like Asimov who take themselves seriously, try to predict the future. This book contains one of my favorite examples of getting it completely wrong. We're God knows how many thousands of years on from now, they have faster-than-light travel and force fields and any number of other miraculous inventions, but what is the absolute latest, cutting-edge technology?

Well... it looks rather like Dragon Dictate, with a printer that produces cursive handwrit
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
Ed Correa
El mejor libro de la trilogía original. Asimov cambia un poco el enfoque y, dentro del género de ciencia ficción se convierte en una obra casi detectivesca, donde los personajes crean diversas teorías acerca de lo que está pasando, de cómo alcanzar sus metas como sociedad y de la ubicación de la tan mencionada Segunda Fundación (Asimov tiene cuentos cortos de este estilo y siempre son entretenidos). Como mencioné en otros reviews, menos diálogos y más narración hacen que la obra sea mucho más se ...more
Brian Patterson
I'm not sure whether this book or the previous is my favorite but what is clear is that it really is the end of the trilogy (the 4th book was added years later and it definitely, definitely shows).

The first story is the first of the "who is of the Second Foundation" source of plotlines that I very much like. If there are people living amongst us that can alter and (to some degree) control minds, then it's even more of a mess to try to detect the traitors in our midst. I don't particular like spy
The last book in the original trilogy.
If you know me then you know that I re-read the Foundation trilogy on an annual basis - I love it and consider it to be the finest sci-fi/space opera ever written.

Asimov definitely has a distinct writing style - it's not for everyone but I personally really enjoy it plus the world/scenario building is second to none.

Saying this has my highest possible recommendation is still not high enough praise for how much I enjoy this series.
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