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Foundation and Earth (Foundation (Publication Order) #5)

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The fifth novel in Asimov's popular Foundation series opens with second thoughts. Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all refe ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Spectra (first published 1986)
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Mar 22, 2013 Wesleyaboyer rated it did not like it
I loved the first 3 foundation novels. But this one, and to a lesser but still significant extent, the previous one, were awful.

Have you seen the first season of the tv show 24?

It follows various characters through 24 straight hours of an action packed day. Jack Bauer, the main character, is doing whatever the main plot of the season is, saving the president or whatever.

All the while, as filler, other things are happening. The worst of all are the ridiculous storylines following his daughter, wh
May 31, 2016 Apatt rated it really liked it
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At the beginning of this year part of my vague reading plan was to reread the original Foundation Trilogy then move on to the subsequent unread Foundation books that Asimov wrote during the 80s, 30 years after the last book of the trilogy, Second Foundation. I never got around to reading these later volumes for reasons that I already explained in my review of Foundation's Edge. Anyway, to cut a dull anecdote short, 80s Foundation books are just as entertaining as the original trilogy from the 50 ...more
Kevin Slater
Apr 03, 2009 Kevin Slater rated it it was amazing
The last of the Foundation books in order of sequence and the best book of the series. Reading about it online some people complain about the lack of an ending that satisfies questions brought up in the series but I think it ends splendidly. I also felt that we have a great conclusion to the question of why Earth and Gaia, the purpose of the Seldon plan and what the Robots were doing and why. I can't think of a better conclusion even 500 years before the end of the 1000 years "promised" us from ...more
Jun 10, 2011 David rated it did not like it
Ouch, what a disappointment. I had really enjoyed the plot and characters of "Foundation's Edge" and was looking forward to finishing up the series with this book. Most of the books in the series have their flaws, but are generally pretty entertaining. This final volume has a series of problems.

The plot: There is just enough plot here for a short story. The crew is searching for earth. Why? I forget, and Asimov doesn't remind us, opting instead for pages and pages of unpleasant bickering between
Japhy Grant
Dec 23, 2013 Japhy Grant rated it it was ok
So, the weakest part of the Foundation series is that Asimov's draws his characters so thinly, they might as well be cartoons. Of course, when the story is spanning centuries and the main character is civilization itself, you don't mind so much.

Unfortunately, Foundation and Earth is the worst of all possible worlds. Instead of millenia, we get a month stuck on a spaceship with three people (if you call a planetary consciousness inhabiting the mind of a sorority girl a person, that is) who in th
Jun 01, 2012 Tim rated it it was ok
I'm about to read the prequels, but as of now, this is the worst of the 5 foundation books i've read. I'll start positive, and say I like the characters. Looking back at the first foundation book, when you may only have 50 pages with a set of characters, and that 50 pages would be almost entirely devoted to weaving a complex plot, it certainly is a huge improvement so spend basically 1000 pages with the same set of characters, almost forming a buddy-buddy situation in which I actually cared abou ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Foundation and Earth (Foundation #5), Isaac Asimov
عنوان: بنیاد کهکشانی و زمین؛ نویسنده: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: پیمان اسماعیلیان خامنه؛ تهران، بنیاد مستضعفان و جانبازان، 1374؛ در 540 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای خیال انگیز علمی از نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م
Mar 05, 2011 Tracey rated it it was amazing
I won't even read the other reviews first (I know from real life what people think of this book compared to the others in Asimov's Foundation series), but it's the only Asimov on my "Favorites" list, and as such it sorta represents the whole Foundation series to me, and deserves to represent because it's proof that a writer can finish a series with no loose ends in a reasonable amount of time SO DAMNED WELL.

(The prequels, I'm not including in the Foundation series; they're optional, and I didn't
Derek Davis
Sep 26, 2013 Derek Davis rated it liked it
The near impossible from Asimov: a boring book. After finding that, after all the intervening years, #4 in the Foundation series had the same spirit as the original trilogy, the damp writing, lack of decent plotting and unlearning characters in #5 are a real let-down.

Three characters – councilor Golan Trevize and historian Janov Pelorat, both from Terminus, and Bliss from the sentient world Gaia – zip around the galaxy looking for Earth, its existence erased form historical records. For about th
When I read Mostly Harmless I thought it had tied up a bunch of loose ends that on reflection were better off undone. Reading Foundation and Earth wasn't quite the same but what it does is tie together the Foundation series with the Bailey series.

If you've read the rest of those series you might well now scratch your head and wonder anybody would bother to do that. It's like the man who laid carpet in the bathroom and in the garage so it would be consistent with the rest of his home.

It doesn't
Rashedul Islam
May 15, 2016 Rashedul Islam rated it it was amazing
বেশ অনেকটা সময় নিয়ে এই সিরিজ শেষ করলাম। ফাউনডেশন সিরিজ নিয়ে নতুন করে কিছু বলার নেই। রিভিউ লিখতে হলে অবশযই পুরো সিরিজকেনদরিক রিভিউ লিখব সময় করে। আসিমভ ফাউনডেশন সিরিজ নিয়ে আরও লিখতে চেয়েছিলেন, এর ইঙগিত এই বইয়ের শেষেই দেয়া হয়েছে। ফাউনডেশন এনড আরথ এর পর যদি সিরিজের কোন বই বের হতো সেটা কি সিরিজের বাকি সবগুলো বইকে ছাড়িয়ে যেত? হয়তো যেত, কিনতু সেটা আর কোনদিনই জানা যাবে না। ছাড়িয়ে যাওয়ার কথা কেন বলছি, এই বইটি পড়লেই বোঝা যাবে। সায়েনস ফিকশনকে অনযরকম উচচতায় নিয়ে গেছে এই ফাউনডেশন সিরিজ। ফিকশন পরেমী, নন-ফিকশন ...more
Jun 27, 2016 JonSnow rated it it was amazing
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At long last! what a magnificently profound journey the foundation universe has been! Before I review this, I must say, what a read this series is! I decided to read everything in the suggested chronological order. I had long ago already read the original trilogy and foundations edge as well as foundation and earth. but i had never read the robot stories or books, or the galactic empire novels, or prelude and forward...

So here we are. the breathtaking endeavor has sadly c
Jun 20, 2016 Thom rated it it was ok
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Book four, written 30 years after the first three, had a rather abrupt ending, and unsatisfied questions - where is Earth? who was actively hiding it? how does it factor into history and the present day?

So book five was inevitable, and it does answer the above questions. Unfortunately, it does so with a meandering plot, openly fractious characters and somewhat tenuous connections to the rest of Isaac Asimov's books - most importantly the Robots series. One major character from those books makes
Jun 03, 2014 Ben rated it did not like it
When the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out, one of the reviewer complaints about how the film failed to acknowledge the difference between drudgery that adds unnecessary time and doesn't advance characters versus dialogue that was about character development and furthering the plot. The scene that epitomized this involved a minute-plus segment where the camera followed two minor characters in a rowboat as they made the entire trip to shore, adding nothing and extending running lengt ...more
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Oct 04, 2014 Andrew Obrigewitsch rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Asimov said in the beginning of this book that he never intended to write more foundation stories after the first 3 books. And you can tell he is just going through the motions of writing a story here.

I really liked the first 3 books, which are actually all short story collections about The Foundation. But the 4th and 5th books are one long story. Asimov just does not seem to be able to write long stories, he is not able to develop characters well enough to keep you interested in them once it g
Jan 28, 2015 Lizzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am so sad to see this story end. Looking back on all the books I loved the two prequels and the last two books the best. Asimov is a great story teller. I read the books not in order of publication but in order of prequels and then rest of books in publishing order. I cannot imagine anything that I can say about this book that is not a spoiler so those fans of science fiction, this series is a must read or in my case a must listen!
Jun 14, 2015 Daniela rated it really liked it
Había hecho una reseña increíble, desde el app, y resultó que, al bloquear-desbloquear la pantalla de mi teléfono (antes de publicar la reseña), se borró todito lo que había escrito. Te odio, app de goodreads.

En fin.

Creo que fue el libro más emocionante de la Fundación. Todo el tiempo quería seguir leyendo para saber qué pasaría y en qué momento encontrarían qué o a quién. Al final, mi corazón sintió bonito y hasta me encontenté con todo lo que había estaba odiando de Asimov en los últimos dos
Jan 31, 2015 Ross rated it liked it
So (unbeknownst to me) this marks the conclusion of the entire foundation series (I have one book left, but it turned out to be the second book chronologically - more on that below). Compared to the original trilogy that Asimov began when he was just 21 years old, this book leaves a lot to be desired.

Without giving anything away, the plot is a linear space adventure with reasoning and logic of the main character justified by "a feeling of rightness". The challenges they face are somewhat ridicu
Steven Peterson
Jun 19, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
This book by Isaac Asimov is fascinating in two ways--first, it is the last of the Foundation series; second, it is another link between two of the greatest series in science fiction, the Foundation series and the Robot series. As always with Asimov, there are the irritating things--his characters get talky, plot sometimes breaks down, and there is a certain discursive quality to his writing that does not always serve movement of the story well. However, by this point in his career, Asimov was c ...more
Mar 30, 2012 Tfitoby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favourites
The End.

This 15 book sequence is missing only those two words. This is later Asimov and you can tell, he really learned how to tell a story by this point. I loved this book, it was easily my favourite of the Foundation books and right up there with the best Lije Baley/R.Daneel Olivaw books.

The excitement of the adventure in this one really captivated me, the journey for Earth something that has been hinted at repeatedly from the early Empire trilogy right through to Trevize and Pelorat finally t
Sol González
Apr 12, 2012 Sol González rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este ha sido el último libro de la saga Fundación que escribió Asimov y lo más lejos que se podrá llegar en esa historia. El libro narra la búsqueda de la tierra, en un universo en dónde la misma tierra ha sido olvidada y tomada como un mito, y para lograrlo es como dar una lectura regresiva en lo que ya habíamos leído anteriormente.

Golan Trevize, Janov Pelorat y Bliss buscan el planeta tierra como la clave para conocer la respuesta al futuro de la humanidad. ¿Deberá ésta seguir el consejo de la
Sep 09, 2009 Nicholas rated it it was ok
I really wanted to give this book like a four, but upon further reflection I just can't. Foundation and Earth is the conclusion of Asimov's masterpiece Foundation Series (I haven't read the two prequels yet) and it takes the series in a completely new direction. Which is wonderful, and also problematic. The Seldon Plan and the Galactic Empire on which the series were founded become side notes, mentioned in parenthesis and trivial in the wake of Golan Trevize's solving the ultimate human mystery ...more
Kaloyan Drenski
Jul 20, 2016 Kaloyan Drenski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am absolutely stunned how big of an imagination the author had! The best part of the series so far. What a journey!!! 5/5
A well-written novel that it certainly made me buy the whole series. If you like to read science fiction, the series of this book you don't want to miss.!

Golan Trevize expedition was to search the earth......the mythical home of the forebears, expecting to find the answer that he's been searching for, but no one could tell if indeed existed. No traces can be found even ancient writings from the past. He must prove humanity's ancestral planet or everything he believe in will be lost.

Jun 11, 2007 -uht! rated it liked it
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I was hoping Asimov would move the Foundation story forward with this one, but he ended up writing the longest novel of the series that spanned only a few months of the 1,000 year period. The story is about people searching for the legendary birthplace of humans and it was fun to see them try to unwrap the myths and actually find earth, but the story was ultimately unsatisfying and a bit boring.
Pål Fiva
Nov 20, 2014 Pål Fiva rated it did not like it
Terribly disappointing end to an entertaining series.

Supposedly smart people acting as insufferable morons, spouting some of the clunkiest dialogue I've ever read. The endless exposition could be forgivable, but to add insult to injury I was bored throughout.

It is so bad that it lessens the series as a whole. I wish I'd never read it.
VijayaRaghavan S N
Jan 29, 2016 VijayaRaghavan S N rated it liked it
Inevitable is happening... The hype around this series is crumbling with each passing book after the third one.. What is driving me to the finish line is the fact that this is the same guy who made me fall in love with science fiction and took the genre 'thriller' to completely new heights... Don't get me wrong with my disappointment here... I am disappointed at the way the series has tailed off after the third book... In no way it means this book, or for that matter the fourth book too, is an u ...more
Trevor McGuire
Jan 20, 2016 Trevor McGuire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of the Foundation Trilogy, and I've read a vast number of Asimov's robot stories and books. With that said, I much prefer the original Foundation work to "eighties" foundation work. This particular book is almost wholly a robot book, with only tangential mention to Seldon's Plan and the Foundation in general. Several chapters are just reworkings of robot short stories, with a visit to the world from Naked Sun worked in there, too. I understand what the intention was, that is, to ...more
Jan 10, 2016 serprex rated it it was ok
This was so bad. Asimov's going out of his mind & shoving robots fetishes into everything, the plot goes from Point A to Point B with no compelling reason. Was reading this as a book report & had to present it as "This book was so bad that I couldn't finish it." Or maybe that was some French book I had to read that had to do with sailors. Anyways I ended up speed reading the 2nd 3rd & flipped through the last 3rd. So call this opinion incomplete, but a book has to be pretty bad for m ...more
Danial Behzadi
Jun 25, 2016 Danial Behzadi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بالاخره این مجموعه هم تموم شد. مجموعهای که با عنوان کیهان بنیاد شناخته می شه، ولی به نظرم بهتره اسمش رو بذاریم داستان دانیل. چون غیر از مجموعه داستانهای کوتاه ابتدایی که در اونها اثری از دانیل نیست، باقی داستانها، به شرح سرگذشت و کارهای آر دانیل اولیوا میپردازه.

کتاب داستان خوب و کلاسیکی داشت. گروهی در جستوجوی زمین که چند بار انتخاب اشتباه میکنن و درنهایت به زمین میرسن. بیشتر از این نمیگم، چون داستان رو برای اونهایی که نخوندن هنوز، لوث میکنه.

چند صفحهٔ آخر کتاب میتونست خیلی بهتر باشه. احساس میکنم
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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)
  • Second Foundation (Foundation, #3)
  • Foundation's Edge (Foundation, #4)
  • Prelude to Foundation
  • Forward the Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #2)

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