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Second Foundation (Foundation (Publication Order) #3)

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Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. As unsurpassed blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women dedicated to preserving humanity's light in a galaxy plunged into a nightmare of ignorance and violence thirty thousand years long.

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Published 1989 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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Connor Fahs It wasn't threatened, the First Foundation didn't want the Second Foundation to become the upper class in the Second Empire and the First Foundation…moreIt wasn't threatened, the First Foundation didn't want the Second Foundation to become the upper class in the Second Empire and the First Foundation what to be free of the Second Foundation's mental influence.(less)
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Sanjay Gautam
Sep 21, 2015 Sanjay Gautam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 15, 2016 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 17, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second Foundation wraps up Asimov’s brilliant early 50s classic SF series Foundation.

Twenty-nine years later (in 1982) Asimov would publish Foundation's Edge, but for most of the golden age, the Foundation trilogy would form a template (though never completely duplicated) for SF excellence.

Essentially divided into two parts – the first part a conclusion of Foundation and Empire with The Mule and then the conclusion of the Foundation story. The search for the ultra-secretive Second Foundation co
Aug 20, 2012 Ian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Aug 20, 2008 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2015 Farhana Sufi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 12, 2011 Bryant Rudisill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ricky Ganci
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Nov 11, 2009 Pterodactyl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Claudia Badiu
Dec 21, 2015 Claudia Badiu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As putea sa adaug o mulțime de cuvinte de apreciere însă tot ce pot să spun e că m-am îndrăgostit iremediabil de Asimov citindu-i cărțile și volumul acesta în special.
Nov 12, 2014 Daniorte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nandakishore Varma
Asimov rounds off the trilogy in exemplary way. The Foundation, destroyed by the unpredictable variable in the statistical equation (in this case, the mutant Mule), is brought back into working order by the "Second Foundation", the secret 'Plan B' of Hari Seldon - rumoured to be located at the other end of the galaxy. It's a fine SF novel and an intriguing space mystery at the same time.
Sylvia You
Jan 27, 2016 Sylvia You rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A circle has no end.
Luke Devenish
Jan 09, 2012 Luke Devenish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2012 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Feb 21, 2015 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 10, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2009 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Deepak Raja
Jul 25, 2016 Deepak Raja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the first book, I decided to hold my review till I finished reading the trilogy(though there were 4 more books released after the trilogy) . The first book was a set-up for something extra-ordinary to follow up. Isaac Asimov's vision of the future galaxy is much more different from what most other Sci-Fi authors have provided us. Victory in war is not achieved with the help of nuclear weapons and space shuttles, but with something more subtle. The kind of warfare described in the b ...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
Dec 09, 2012 Ariane Nazemi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 20, 2010 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it  ·  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
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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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Other Books in the Series

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
  • Forward the Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #2)

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