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Fondazione e Terra (Foundation (Publication Order) #5)

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Un impero grande come l'universo e contenente miliardi di mondi abitati; una forza politica, sociale e scientifica senza precedenti come la disciplina della psicostoria; l'enigma rappresentato dalle Fondazioni gemelle fondate da Hari Seldon per abbreviare il periodo d'interregno quando l'impero galattico fosse crollato... Sono questi, come ognuno sa, gli ingredienti fondam ...more
Paperback, Oscar Fantascienza #81, 528 pages
Published 1989 by Mondadori (first published January 1986)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Totalno besmislen, deus ex machine kraj romana kvari inace ok roman. Poznavaocima dela Asimova mozda ce imati vise smisla, meni koji sam citao samo romane iz serijala Zaduzbina, apsolutno nema. Prethodni romani su imali cesto te elemente, gde se otkriva da je neko vukao konce sve vreme, no to je uvek imalo smisla, makar u originalnoj trilogiji. Ovde je to na totalno drugom nivou (recimo da se totalno novi igra pojavljuje u pretposlednjoj glavi). Samo putesestvije glavnih junaka u potrazi za Zeml ...more
Seguito immediato del precedente capitolo (L'orlo della Fondazione). Inizia esattamente dove eravamo rimasti col precedente e la cosa può rendere la lettura poco fruibile per chi avesse la sventura di inziare con questo. Nel corso della storia ci vengono ricordati i fatti precedenti, chi sono i protagonisti e cosa stanno cercando... ma ogni tre pagine ci viene anche ricordato cosa è Gaia, perché Bliss è Gaia, di quanto è brutto essere Gaia, di quanto sia più interessante essere individui invece ...more
I was very close to giving this book a 2 star review, but I did appreciate the ending (even if it left some things open for a sequel).

Overall, though, this book felt extremely long, particularly because it consisted almost exclusively of dialog. In each of the parts, there would be a brief section where something would actually happen and then I felt like I had to be dragged through discussions of isolate worlds, the laws of robotics, the virtues of Gaia and Galaxia, and other subjects that I wa
My rating: 3.5. This was an excellent ending to the series, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the earlier books, perhaps because there was too much astronomy and computing in it. Nevertheless, it was a good yarn and full of interesting ideas. Having chosen Galaxia as the future of humanity, Trevize embarks on a quest to find Earth, the mythical planet of human origins, in the hope of discovering the reason for his choice. Accompanied by Pelorat and Bliss, he first goes to Comporellon and hears th ...more
Pamela Deters
A galaxy full of human beings and nobody knows where they originated from. There are many myths concerning a possible place called Earth but it's not on any of the charts of the galaxy. Our hero of Foundation's Edge, Golan Trevize, returns on a quest for Earth feeling that if he finds Earth he will understand why he made the great Choice of Foundation's Edge. Once the legendary place is found, Trevize will understand his Choice and he will be shocked at who has really been manipulating the galax ...more
A well-written novel that it certainly made me buy the whole series. If you like to read science fiction, the series of this book you don't want to miss.!

Golan Trevize expedition was to search the earth......the mythical home of the forebears, expecting to find the answer that he's been searching for, but no one could tell if indeed existed. No traces can be found even ancient writings from the past. He must prove humanity's ancestral planet or everything he believe in will be lost.

This was an engaging mystery wrapped up in a tedious story. I started to do something I'd never thought I'd do in an Asimov novel, I started skimming.

The mystery; where is Earth? Is engaging. All knowledge of it is lost in the mists of pre-galactic history. All references to it have been erased. OK, good premise. Like Leakey searching for the "missing link" in the mists of pre-history, our intrepid hero goes searching. But Asimov's typical story-telling method of continual conversations work aga
If read stand-alone, as Asimov says is possible in the introduction, this novel would be little more than a mediocre tour of a series of lost-civilization and posthuman planets in a poorly motivated search for lost Earth. However, as the timeline conclusion of Asimov's 1980s unification of his 1950s Robot novels, Empire novels, and Foundation novels, it ties together and finalizes a lot of plot threads that have run through decades of authorship and readership in a logical way, and that is the p ...more
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Sarah P
What a great septology! The set of stories focuses mostly at the beginning of the fall of the Galactic Empire, and ends at the creation of... something new. From Hari Seldon to Golan Trevize... each story follows characters traveling through space, making discoveries, affecting history, and defeating the odds. A fully satisfying read, (although not a quick read.)
Stephen Burgess
On reaching this closing of the Foundation series from 1986, we are left with a work of fiction that is stylistically and ideologically different from the original Foundation books. It manages to leave the universe that it was originally placed in and somehow completely enter the I, Robot universe. It's for no good reason I can imagine.

This book is characterized for me by an intensely unlikeable capital H Hero and heaping portions of associated Hero worship. Asimov describes in some detail how
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