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Foundation's Edge (Foundation (Publication Order) #4)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  38,536 ratings  ·  609 reviews
At last, the costly and bitter war between the two Foundations had come to an end. The scientists of the First Foundation had proved victorious; and now they retum to Hari Seldon's long-established plan to build a new Empire that the Second Foundation is not destroyed after all-and that its still-defiant survivors are preparing their revenge. Now the two exiled citizens of ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published December 31st 2010 by Bantam/Spectra (first published 1982)
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Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.

On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.

While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became
First published in 1982 almost 30 years after the last volume of the iconic original Foundation Trilogy, namely Second Foundation, I was skeptical that Asimov would be able to maintain his mojo post the Golden Age of Science Fiction when he was publishing his most iconic sci-fi stories and novels. Of his 80s books I only read The Robots of Dawn which I thought was quite good but not in the same league as his 50s robot novels The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun. Still, I liked it enough to rekin ...more
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Excellent book, but not as good as the original trilogy.

Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1983)
Winner: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1983)
Nominee: Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1983)
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Derek Davis
I didn't plan to read the "later" Foundation books because most attempts to reinvigorate an early, highly successful series (and except for "Lord of the Rings," no original series of the '50s and '60s was as successful as the Foundation trilogy) usually leave you somewhat embarrassed for the author.

Not here. Rather than trying to reanimate the sword-and-hoopla of much of 1950s SF, Asimov writes us a 450-page logical argument. You might think that would be enough to give Socrates a headache, but,
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Emre Ergin
aaa mass effect 3.

Bu kitap şimdiye kadar okuduğum Vakıf serisi romanları içinde beni en sürükleyeni ve aynı zamanda eser miktarda da olsa düşündüreni oldu. Karakterler serideki diğer karakterlere göre çok daha keskin ve birbirinden ayrık çizilmiş. Bir sonraki kitaba hazırlık niteliğinde, gelecek insanlarının köken sorununa, dünyaya dair yaptığı spekülasyonlar da okuması keyifli yerlerdendi. Ama şu da olabilir, beğenimin belki kitapla alakası olmayan sebepleri vardır. Görüşümü saptıran sebepler ş
Finally! Asimov realizes the potential of his Foundation stories in this fourth volume in the series. There is an altogether different feel to it. Less a dramatic history and more of a suspense/mystery tale, Foundation's Edge focuses on Councilman of the Foundation Golan Trevize whose conspiracy theories concerning the existence of the Second Foundation get him in a lot of trouble. Set up opposite Golan is a young speaker of the Second Foundation, also aware that something is completely wrong wi ...more
Bill Wellham
Asimov returns to the great Foundation series with a great sequel. Written decades after the original trilogy, Edge seems to have a different writing style. In my opinion, an improvement on the earlier Foundation stories. The original trilogy built up to this point using many characters and twisted plots. Asimov used his ingenious ‘psychohistory’ mechanism to drive the story through hundreds of years, always pushing along a destiny for mankind.

This sequel is set five hundred years forward from t
Admit it: after reading Second Foundation, you believed that the Second Foundation was safe forever more, didn't you? Didn't you?! Of course you did.

How unfortunate for you, as people - even future people - love a conspiracy theory and will hold to it with incredible tenacity even to the point of making a second attempt at eradicating the Second Foundation the key plot point of yet another novel by Asimov. And why do the people of the (First) Foundation want to eradicate the Second Foundation? B
Expectations are funny things you know. Working in a secondhand bookshop I see so many copies of this title on my heavily discounted shelves all the time, nobody buying it even at $2; I was under the impression that it must've been a very poor addition to the series because every other Asimov gts bought instantly. How wrong I was.

This is quite possibly my favourite of the Foundation novels so far, not including the early robot/Lije Baley books, it would have received 5 stars if it was for the fi
Jan 01, 2014 Joan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sci fi fans.
I'm reasonably sure I've read this before but so long ago that I forgot a lot of it. In any case Asimov is always a pleasure to read. Asimov is still considered one of the three great masters of Science Fiction. Sometimes I just need a break from Mt. Readmore and want to read a book reliably good. Asimov often fills the bill in that case. In this case, we find there are organizations involved besides just the First and Second Foundations. But are there other extra organization(s) involved or not ...more
I read the Foundation Saga a while ago. Back then, I'd bought the first few volumes in Spanish. In fact, I think the first volume I bought was actually, "Prelude to Foundation," of which I'll have to write a review soon because it probably is my favourite in the entire saga. However, while Prelude may be my favourite, "Foundation's Edge" isn't far behind.

This time around I read it in English during an 8-hour bus ride to and from. It must've taken me around 10 hours to finish due to Asimov's rath
Ales Zdarek
This is definitely classic sci-fi and you need to consider this book as such. In this book there are not so many disturbing moments, visible in the previous books of this series. Maybe one of the reasons is the fact that the author wrote this book almost thirty years later after finishing the original trilogy. Even then there are some disturbing, not fitting moments, but they are really not so many and not so strong.

Autor was very skillful in setting the novel in the way that although it has sev
Martin Hernandez
Escrita 29 años después de la publicación del último libro de la Trilogía de la Fundación, Segunda Fundación, y 32 años después del primer relato de Fundación, Los límites de la Fundación supone el retorno de Asimov a la continuación de la saga. Según el propio Asimov, en el prólogo escrito para Fundación y Tierra en 1986, "los aficionados [...] me pidieron que continuase la serie. Les dí las gracias, pero seguí negándome. [...] Pero Doubleday se tomó aquellas peticiones con mucha más seriedad q ...more
Re-read of the Foundation books. Including this one mostly for completion. I don't enjoy this book as much as the original trilogy. The story just seems too contrived and too easily tied up. The story continues along the same lines as the rest of the Foundation series, but for some reason I find this one pushes me too far for me to go along with the more fantastical elements. Gaia just seems too far-fetched - that's probably a person issue. The writing is excellent (to be expected from Asimov) a ...more
Brian Patterson
Huh, I guess I'll have to get "Foundation and Earth" now but this one did not make me very excited to do so.

It was a single story and is a poster child for, "authors that are so famous that they are not edited properly." One thing I *liked* about the first 3 books is that you can imagine technology (hyperspace, gravitetics, etc.) and it's just kind of in the background - there's a ton of exposition in this book about the tech that annoyed me. The Second Foundation's mentalics is likewise explain
An easy to read continuation of the Foundation series, and decent enough as a standalone story... as someone who read the original foundation trilogy quite a few years back now (5+ probably?) it gave just enough backstory to jog my memory... or at least enough to get my bearings of who everyone was... even if possibly richer if you read all in a row.

As with many books, it barrels along as a great mystery and chase for about the first 2/3 to 3/4, and then kind of bogs down and tapers off... resol
After the collapse of the galactic empire, the second Foundation is preparing the way for a second empire to emerge in some centuries and restore the civilization to the galaxy. But something is amiss, as there seems to be another powerful group of telepaths out there that stand in their way.

This book was written decades after the initial trilogy, so it has a far more mature way of writing. The characters feel a bit livelier and there are far more descriptions around technologies and the galaxy
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in November 2002.

Foundation's Edge was the first science fiction novel Asimov had written for a decade, most of which he had spent concentrating on non-fiction. It had a mixed reception, composed on the one hand of the desire to extend a welcome to an old friend long absent (which brought it the Hugo award for 1983), and on the other of the feeling that it was a sequel which failed to live up to the classic Foundation trilogy which it follows.

Reading Foundati
Julio Cesar
Casi 500 años despues de la promulgacion del Plan Seldon Goldan Trevize(quien al parecer posee la facultad para llegar a conclusiones corectas basandose en datos insuficientes)es desterrado de Terminus por la mujer de bronce la alcaldesa Hala Branno quien pide a Munn Li Compor que lo siga atraves de los saltos hiperespaciales de la nave de ultima generacion(la estrella lejana) que le proporciona para que emprenda su viaje acompañado por el erudito Janov Perolat bajo la coartada de buscar la tier ...more
This is probably the weakest of the Foundation novels (I have not read the last one yet), yet I still cannot possibly give it less than 4 stars. The first half of the book, in fact, is absolutely fantastic. Its denouement, though, is wanting.

Regardless, the Foundation series as a whole should be judged together, and it is probably the greatest science fiction series every written, alongside the Robot series by, again, Asimov. Foundation's Edge cannot compete with, say, Foundation, Second Foundat
A person writes a famous trilogy, launches a celebrated literary and non-fiction career, and then thirty years later, when he is in his sixties, adds a fourth volume, reopening the spigot to yet another sequel and then a pair of prequels. Has this ever happened before? The closest example I can think of Lord of the Rings with Similarillon tho' I don't know of any multi decade hiatus. Maybe Dune spread out over years?

Anyway the long and the shot of it was that of course this could have been very
Norm Davis
Mar 10, 2012 Norm Davis rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Fans
Foundation's Edge, the next to last book in the 15-16 book collection of books that weave together Asimov's Robot series, Empire series, and Foundation series does its fine job of knitting these earlier unrelated series into an excellent story that brilliantly can also stand alone. Over the last couple months I've re-read the series in Asimov's suggested chronology of the stories and having done so found this novel much deeper and richer than if I had not read the previous 13 books. I'd almost g ...more
Mar 31, 2013 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who just finished the trilogy
Shelves: sci-fi
First off, I had to hide the book whenever the Nanny came over, because the cover made it look like I was reading a soft-core romance novel, only with a spaceshp in the background and the name ASIMOV in big letters. Guys named ASIMOV don't write romance novels - and when they try (which is a little bit too often for his books out of the 80s and 90s), it's really crummy.

But, Foundation's Edge! A 5?! It's probably not really a 5, but then again, Forward the Foundation was probably not really a 3 (
Buck Ward
When I read the Foundation trilogy some time ago, I was left with one overriding question: Why did the foundation fear the second foundation so? Foundation's Edge doesn't answer that question. The plot is driven by the foundation's suspicion of the second foundation, even though they don't know for sure it even exists.

The answer to my question, I think, must simply be that Isaac Asimov needed that for the motivation that drove the plots. Foundation's Edge does have a good, fairly complicated plo
Erika RS
This is the first book after the original Foundation trilogy. Foundation's Edge was written decades after the original trilogy, and feels different than the original. Some of the differences make the book feel less dated: women can hold political power and technology has advanced.

The larger change is a change in focus. The original trilogy focused primarily on large themes -- the development of worlds and flow of history -- and secondarily on people. This book focuses primarily on people and se
Cory Hughart
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I liked this book, but more for the improvement on character building, which the other books lacked. It's easy to see why, when this book spend 450 pages with the same set of characters, as opposed to the original trilogy which spend a fraction of that. It was generally enjoyable to read, slow at parts (though often interesting), but I wasn't a fan of where the plot was taken. It was cool how the showdown was arranged, but the whole idea of Gaia not only seemed like a bunch of bullshit that didn ...more
Jul 11, 2015 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Asimov, Bester, and Clarke. Not Bradburry.
Sure, the STYLE of this book SEEMS the same as in the first three novels (actually, those were short story collections, so technically this is the first novel in the series), but a little something of that original Foundation magic and mystery was missing here. While it opens with some interesting questions that develop the series, it proceeds haltingly; I read this book slooooowly because I would read a few pages then get bored and fall asleep. Not exactly a page-turner, it gets technical, meth ...more
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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)
  • Second Foundation (Foundation, #3)
  • Foundation and Earth (Foundation, #5)
  • Prelude to Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #1)
  • Forward the Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #2)
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