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Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
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Jun 22, 11

bookshelves: sci-fi, far-future
Read from June 13 to 22, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

The story in the Second Foundation explores the almost catastrophic effects created by the Mule in Seldon's plan. In that regard, for the first time, you get parts of the story from the perspective of the Second Foundation which role was initially introduced in the previous book.

At this point there are no more hidden forces and great mystic forces. Every force in the millennia long plan is presented as a player and since the Mule created grad havoc in the plan the Second Foundation steps in and steps in strong. There are many one-on-one conflicts which, although contrary to the presented theory of psychohistory, are explained out of necessity for the plan's sake.

Because of all things mentioned this is the most exciting book so far. Many details from previous books have their meaning explained. Many 400 year arcs are concluded. There are also strong characters in every individual arch within this book. From Foundation and Empire to Second Foundation there is a good continuity: the jump is only 5 years in the first story and 50 to the second.

From this book to the next there are many unknowns but no real suspense. I'm prepared for the a jump of a few centuries as that is even suggested by the end.
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