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

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  33,675 ratings  ·  576 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 510 pages
Published 1987 by Grafton (first published September 18th 1986)
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Wesleyaboyer
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
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Apatt
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. Any way, to cut a dull anecdote short, 80s Foundation books are just as entertaining as the original trilogy from the 5 ...more
David
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
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Japhy Grant
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
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Kevin Slater
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
Tim
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
Derek Davis
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
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Tracey
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
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Jan-Maat
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
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Ben
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
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
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Steven Peterson
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
Nicholas
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
Ross
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
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Lizzie
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!
Daniela
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
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-uht!
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
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.
Neo Marshkga
Foundation and Earth is the last book on the Foundation Saga, and wraps up the story, because after all, "Everything that has a beginning, has an end" (Yes, i am quoting Matrix, sue me).
Endings are weird, normally i have issues with them, i dont tend to like endings, because they involve cutting chords, leaving something behind, and that's not a very popular feeling anywhere.
On this last book, the story starts minutes after the ending of the previous book, Trevize was faced with a decision, eith
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David Lilly
This last book in the Foundation series was a major let down for me. For one it broke the formula that had been working, basically stepping a generation or so into the future to see how changes made in the last book effected the course of humanity in the future. Instead it follows the cast of characters from the previous book in their on going adventures.

But that's not really what ruined the book for me. What I really didn't like was Asimov's fixation on sex, and sexuality throughout the book. S
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Tfitoby
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
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Sol  Gonzalez
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
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Francis Gahren
Foundation and Earth (1986) is a science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, the fifth novel of the Foundation Series and chronologically the last in the series.

Plot introduction

Several centuries after the events of Second Foundation, two citizens of the Foundation seek to find Earth, the legendary planet where humans are said to have been originated. Interestingly, even less is known about Earth than was the case in Foundation, when scholars still seem to know the location of 'Sol'.

The story follows
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Martin
Deus Ex Machina ve své nahé pravdě! Fantastické finále série, která si nekladla za úkol nic menšího než nastínit vývoj lidstva v dalších dvaceti tisících letech. Asimov dopsal epilog někdy v roce, kdy jsem se já narodil (prorocky Zemi nechal spálenou radioaktivitou) a pak už jen vyplňoval prázdná místa. Bohužel si pro poslední díl nechal příliš málo materiálu, se kterým se dá pracovat a první polovina knihy tak omílá známé skutečnosti pořád dokola a až s exkurzí do budoucnosti planet známých z m ...more
Katie
Here's what I was waiting for, a more in-depth search for Earth, and getting to chuckle at the characters saying that a planetary system with a gas giant with enormous bright rings and a habitable planet with a huge satellite was pretty much impossible. Fun to think about the unique beauty of our solar system. And there was plenty of questioning of the weird new age Gaia crap, though it was never completely shot down. There was also the illustration of how going to far in the other direction and ...more
Sandy Wood
Although they call if Foundation #5, this is the 7th and last book of the Foundation series. In general I love the Foundation and the concept of Hari Seldon predicting the future with advanced mathematics and 40 billion people acting individually plus first and second Foundations to keep man on the right path. But I will say I got a little tired during this last foray where he tries to wrap it all up. There was a little too much forced linkage to come up with a pat ending. He also brought in his ...more
Rob Hermanowski
The final book of Isaac Asimov's epic linked series of novels set in his Robot/Empire/Foundation universe did not disappoint me, especially because it tied back to some of the earliest books in a fascinating way! This has been a deeply satisfying trip through some of the best examples of Asimov's classic science fiction writings (see http://kaedrin.com/fun/asimov/aguide.... for recommended reading order). Fourteen of the fifteen books were available on audio, including this novel. Narrator Larry ...more
Julien Lhermitte
I really liked how there was a lot of astronomy/"planetology" in this book :-D
Brian Patterson
Much more philosophical and pedantic at points than the "high points" of the series (F and Empire or Second F) and very much like Foundations Edge in that it needs an editor. They stayed away from tech mostly and I did not predict the final outcome but should have (I guess).

The majority of the book's bulk is given over to two characters arguing about the value of unity versus the value of individualism. There was a *lot* of points where privacy issues were being discussed that were interesting t
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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 (Foundation: Prequel, #1)
  • Forward the Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #2)
Foundation (Foundation, #1) I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2) Second Foundation (Foundation, #3) The Foundation Trilogy (Foundation, #1-3)

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