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The Second Foundation (Foundation (Publication Order) #3)

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In THE SECOND FOUNDATION, Isaac Asimov addresses the phenomenon of genetic mutation and its potential danger to a civilization. This novel tells of an overwhelmingly powerful mutant human being, born with the ability to mold men's emotions and minds. He has brought down the First Foundation, and now only the Second Foundation remains.

THE SECOND FOUNDATION is the third book...more
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Published April 20th 2010 by Random House Audio (first published 1952)
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Jamie
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
A circle has no end ... and then the shape of the Galaxy is like a double spiral .. so did I know the answer? Hmm.. not a bad guess. But that doesn't change this to be as entertaining and witty an end to the Foundation Trilogy as promised. All three of the original trilogy are just as much creditable today as must have been when first published. I am always humbled by Asimov's talent and his scientific foresight amazed me once more in terms of the technology described in this series. I am also i...more
Stephen
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.
Ian
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*...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...more
Bryant Rudisill
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
Pterodactyl
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
Donovan
As much as I did not enjoy reading Foundation and Empire, I had a good time with Second Foundation. I’m pretty sure that this is because in Second Foundation individual actions were actually of importance. What a character did mattered; and therefore, I could care about it again. I felt conflicted because I was almost allied with the Mule in the first half of the book because at least he had some influence and I could be interested in what he was doing. In the second half, who doesn’t like a pre...more
Jorge
La tercera parte de la trilogía de la Fundación se centra en la misteriosa Segunda Fundación, instaurada por Hari Seldon para preservar la integridad del plan y actualizarlo a medida que pasen los años y la posibilidad de error aumenten en forma significativa.

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
Ariane Nazemi
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...more
Michael
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
Luke Devenish
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
Ricky Ganci
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Mike
Nov 30, 2012 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Tfitoby
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...more
Joseph
I was all set to base this review on parallels between the Foundation trilogy and the original Star Wars trilogy; the first was groundbreaking, the darker second installment had stronger characterization plus 'empire' in the title and the third includes an element to appeal to kids (with a child protagonist taking the place of the ewoks,) plus there are prequels. That these parallels didn't make for more than one paragraph means this review will include a more standard list of literary strengths...more
Al

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...?

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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

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Michael
Isaac Asimov's SECOND FOUNDATION is the third volume of a trilogy that has earned "landmark" status as truly definitional to a genre. The genre, of course, is science fiction, or in its slightly hurt nickname, "speculative fiction." as Nabokov said, any exact definition of "sci-fi" would have to include Shakespeare's Tempest (ca. 1610), but that's a distinction most literary scholars would be loathe to make.

I disagree with Nabokov. SF, I feel, must include the development of technologies that al...more
Ales Zdarek
Next volume from the Foundation series is much better than the previous one – which, as I have written in the previous review, is not as bad as well, but if you know the main turning surprise of this book, is not interesting at all… :)

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
Erik Erickson
True to form: Space opera on a grand scale; a tale of an entire galaxy, spanning the course of a Millenia, and all the myriad characters and history this entails.

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
Onefinemess
OK, this one I liked a little more. Not because any of the characters are more interesting (although they, and their schemes were at least moderately interesting) but (I think) because of how Asimov showed the action from both sides.

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
Eve Hogard
This is the first set of books that I have downloaded and read on an iPad (could there be a more fitting start?). A classic series, I have often heard these works referenced but this is my first read. I'm fascinated by the overall absence of women (no sex, why would you need women??) - but give some progressive kudos to Asimov for looking at the importance of psychology as a science. Because I've read contemporaries of Asimov - Heinlein, Herbert - it was impossible not to think about derivative...more
Sudhamshu Hebbar
Feb 14, 2013 Sudhamshu Hebbar rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sudhamshu by: Mihir Ranganathan
Spectacular. While I was not so happy with Foundation & Empire (Book 2 of Foundation Trilogy), because it was predictable, the Second Foundation totally humbled me. I couldn't second guess, third guess or even fourth guess what was coming. There were so many levels to the plot, built layer by layer, meticulously and intelligently. It's almost as if a Chess Grandmaster designed the plot.
Most striking part of the book was on how the Second Foundation functioned. The discarding of language, it...more
Manny
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...more
Peter
The third in the trilogy, I didn't bother reviewing the first two because you must read all three to appreciate the genius of Asimov. When I finally reached the last two words of the book, it seemed to tie the whole trilogy together in a way I never expected. It is brilliant at a level that was not equaled in its many sequels, both those by Asimov and those by others, all of which I have read. I've been reading SF since I was a child (reading the "Winston" series of hardcover SF found in the loc...more
Dave
This was the best of the Foundation books. Aside from the cleverness which was used in each story up until now, this book had considerable excitement (action) to go along with the tales.

There were essentially two stories in this book, with the first one taking place almost immediately after the end of the second book and the second story taking place about two generations later. Asimov wraps things up very nicely and solves the mystery that he created in the beginning.

I liked this book so much,...more
Katie
Okay, I'm glad I stuck with this past the first book because it was worth it. The writing, characterization, and plot all improved with each book and this third one was my favorite. It even managed to be amusing rather than annoying when it kept going "You think you know, but wait...you think you know now, but WAIT...you think you finally know, BUT WAIT!" toward the end and while I thought I had it the last revelation did at last prove me wrong. If I had only read Foundation I might not have tri...more
Michael Zeller
Asimov is one of the greats.

This third book of his absolutely fantastic Foundation saga carries along the tradition of the previous books. If you haven't read Foundation do yourself a favor and pick it up from the library.

The structure of the story follows in the style of the others and is divided into two separate but related stories, set a couple decades apart. Asimov's simple style, lacking flourish or embellishment adds the atmosphere of the story by focusing the readers attention on the d...more
T.F. Coleman
Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov is the third in the original Foundation Trilogy, and the second of five sequels and one prequel in the seven novel series.

The "Seldon Plan" continues in this book, although precariously, and the plot centers around the quest by First Foundation members to find the Second Foundation, as well as concerns about whether the Seldon Plan was still on track or hopelessly knocked off-track by the exploits of the "Mule". The first Foundation members involved in this ques...more
Yoly
En mi opinión el mejor de la saga hasta ahora.

Al igual que "Fundación e Imperio" se centra más en unos cuantos personajes así y de esta manera se logra una mejor empatía.

El libro es bastante emocionante y lleno de intriga, particularmente me encanto el final ya que me dejo con el excelente sabor de boca que había experimentado con el primer libro que leí de este autor "El fin de la eternidad".
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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...more
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