Second Foundation (Foundation (Publication Order) #3)
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
“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....more
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.
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...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
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
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...more
Such that to find where the...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
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...?
From the Paperback edition.From the Inside Flap
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
I disagree with Nabokov. SF, I feel, must include the development of technologies that al...more
Author develops in this volume an idea, that because the Mule (one of the main characters of the previous volume – and this one also) was so much dedicated to find the Second Foundation, it lead to the fact that the First Foundation was able to find out about the S...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
He’s also provided an interesting situation in that, now that we (supposedly) know the goals of the Second Foundation we realize that hey, maybe that’s not the best goal. We’re just left with a power struggle between two parties that I think can both be sympathized w...more
Lo que nos cuenta. El Mulo, tras cinco años al frente de la Unión como su Primer Ciudadano, comienza la búsqueda de la Segunda Fundación a pesar de que algunos de sus subordinados más cercanos consideran que no es más que un mito, y pone al frente de la investigación a Pritcher y Channis, de personalidades e historial muy diferentes pero que, a ojos del Mulo, se pueden complementar muy bien en su misión. Primer libro de la trilogía original...more
Most striking part of the book was on how the Second Foundation functioned. The discarding of language, it...more
Well... it looks rather like Dragon Dictate, with a printer that produces cursive handwrit...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