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Die Zweite Foundation Trilogie 1. Der Aufstieg Der Foundation (Second Foundation Trilogy #1)
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I didn't like this book. I tried to like it. I rather enjoy the original Asimov trilogy, but I gave up on finishing Foundation's Fear.
Reasons I didn't like the book:
1) Foundation's Fear contains a contrived argument between sims (artificial intelligences) who represent Faith and Reason. Joan of Arc represented Faith, and Voltaire represented Reason.
2) Hari Seldon and Dors Venabili ...more
The entire reason this book exists is to show, in detail, Seldon's ascent from academian to First Minister. There was an almost-interesting sidebar about how another species helped him form his theory of psychohistory. All in all, not a book worth reading.
The first part of the book starts out good: it's remi ...more
There are three major strands in the story. One is the attempt by the Emperor to nominate Hari as first minister. Cleon knows of Hari's work on psycohistory. This story winds its way through the 578 pages and is a relatively cogent ...more
However, Benford is not a very good writer, there were several times when I was simply ...more
"is not canon"
This book is written in a much different tone than that of Asimov's, and that takes a toll on the feel. By taking the Empire and Robot legacies and projecting onto it, I think Benford creates a distraction from the Asimov universe, not a development or refinement. It leaves me with the same slightly-betrayed feeling as if Turner Classic Movies produced a colorized spinoff called "Casablanca: the Paris years".
This book contains complicated mishmashes of ideas and philosophical tre ...more
If you're a fan of Asimov's Foundation series, as I have been since I first read it in high school, you will enjoy this book. It tells the story of how Hari Seldon came to be First Minister of the Empire. There is a lot of interaction between Hari and Dors, which I enjoyed. Bear writes with a playfulness that works well with the story. A ...more
Maybe the other "extar books" will be better.
Characters were very flawed too. Asimov describes Yugo as someone that is only interested in science, he has no political or other ambitions. For some reason, Benford turned him into an annoying Dahlite zealot.
The parts where he tried to explain the science was di ...more
My bi ...more
For one thing, Foundation's Fear has better characterization than anything Asimov ever wrote. The closest I ever got to feeling for any of the characters was during Dors' death in Forward the Foundation, and even then, it was more about the sense of loss than it was about how ...more
It’s good to know that three tried and tested authors (Benford, Greg Bear and David Brin) have taken on what must be a daunting challenge.
As good a writer as Asimov was, his best writing was completed in his early life and his later novels, which fed very much on his es ...more
And therein lies the problem.
My original review of this book was simply going to read, "No. Just no." I decided to give my review readers a bit more.
This book takes place in between the time when Hari Seldon marries Dors and creates the Mathist department at Streeling University and when he is installed as First Minister for Emperor Cleon. Notably absent in this t ...more
Le he dado 3 estrellas a esta primera parte, que me ha resultado entretenida y me ha gustado recordar como veía a es...more
Much of my delight from these two characters comes from one big scene. The people of the future generally fe ...more
I think clearly, Benford tried to remain true to the characte ...more
The parts that focused on the original characters were generally good, but there was too much space devoted to the "sim" characters that Benford introduced. They seemed to have promise at first, but way too much space was devoted to them, disrupting the narrative flow of the book.
Overall, the book seemed disorganized and wa ...more
There were parts that I did love--especially the visit to the Chimpanzee planet and the adventures that took place there.
However, all the pages devoted to the simulated personalities left me cold. I found all of that absolutely boring and there was so much of ...more
All three authors did a good job remaining true to the original timelines, major events and characters. That said, you could tell this was sort of filler. Should have expected that, right?
Has motivated me to go back and read some of the robot stories again -- lots of robot activity in all three of these.
* Couldn't finish
As a science fiction author, Benford is best known for the Galactic Center Saga novels, beginning with In the Ocean of Night (1977). This series postulates a galaxy in which sentient organic life is in constant warfare wit ...more