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Foundation's Edge

(Foundation, publication order #4)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  72,458 ratings  ·  1,403 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
Kindle Edition, 482 pages
Published February 20th 2012 by Spectra (first published October 28th 1982)
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Luca Ambrosino
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
English (Foundation's Edge)/ Italiano

«The First Galactic Empire was falling. It had been decaying and breaking down for centuries and only one man fully realized that fact. He was Han Seldon, the last great scientist of the First Empire, and it was he who perfected psychohistory-the science of human behavior reduced to mathematical equations»

The story so far: a large part of the galaxy is under is controlled by the Foundation, and the Seldon Plan, in place for 500 years, is perfectly progressing

Ahmad Sharabiani
Foundation's Edge (Foundation (Publication Order) #4), Isaac Asimov

Foundation's Edge (1982) is a science fiction novel by American writer Isaac Asimov, the fourth book in the Foundation Series.

It was written more than thirty years after the stories of the original Foundation trilogy, due to years of pressure by fans and editors on Asimov to write another, and, according to Asimov himself, the amount of the payment offered by the publisher.

It was his first novel to ever land on The New York Ti
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
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

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 beca
Although written much later than the original Foundation trilogy, this book in my opinion is on a par with them. Not only is it a great story, well written as ever by Asimov, but after having read the Foundation novels, the Robot novels and the Empire novels (some many times), you realise how cleverly this book starts to bring everything together the way Asimov intended.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asimov surrounds me everytime I read his books. This time he worked more on the characters and their interactions, which made the book even more fluent to enjoy. The writing style is still very simple, so even when the plot gets dense it doesn't bother and everything Asimov has to say about the Universe, the human race, our minds as a group or a single person is so fascinated to me. A very special book about balance, our decisions and how important they are. Second favorite behind Foundation. I ...more
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Sort of brick-like sequel to the earlier Foundation books. The sheer bulk of the book testifies to the difference in publishing between when Azimov wrote his original stories - mostly first printed in magazines and later released as books and as a result far shorter. But this was not all that had changed, the story testifies to a change in Azimov's thinking and vision. The original stories were the product of post WWII USA there is an uncomplicated optimism about technology and in the values of ...more
Michael Campbell
For the past four years, I've been reading one Foundation book a year. I'm not entirely sure why that is; you would imagine I'd forget a lot of what I read in the year between books. However, every time I come back to this series, it feels like I read the previous book only yesterday.

At first I was skeptical of this one. I read that he wrote this one decades after the third installment and was worried this was written just as a bit of fan service. If that's true, this is the highest quality fan
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
16/5 - Yay! Finally an Asimov that I looked forward to picking up every night (reading before bed). I thought this was outstanding compared to Foundation and Foundation and Empire. Asimov's dialogue was still awkward, but in the 29 years between the publication of Second Foundation and this book Asimov certainly improved his skills in writing believable dialogue for his characters. Sometimes it felt like Trevize, or his travelling partner Janov Pelorat, were repeating their explanation of the si ...more
David (דוד)
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has read The Original Foundation Trilogy
4.5 Stars
Definitely a better read than the The Foundation Trilogy, as some friends had suggested. :)

Having written this much later in life (early 1980s, 32 years after the publication of the previous Foundation book Second Foundation), Asimov's writing style seems to have had improved than from the 1950s. The book won the Hugo Award for best novel and the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 1983. Although the book is self-contained, the story in this book is a continuation to the origi
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)
Cavanşir Gadimov
Asimov really knows how to surprise his readers. And keep their attention. Amazing book and amazing series. Already classic of science fiction.

My review abut this book:
Derek Davis
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Vagabond of Letters, DLitt

I'm torn on how to rate this book. It isn't like the first three in writing (not least in losing the header references to the Encyclopedia Galactica), which are very terse (Foundation having been serialized) in the fashion of mid-century sci-fi: this is more like modern science fiction, with more of a focus on characters and so on instead of plot, technology, and twist.

The first two novels are relatively harder science fiction. Second Foundation, with the introduction of mentalics, veers
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: awards-hugo
Way too much time was spend on explaining the theory behind ... Well, everything in the book. This was a good example of way so many people get turned off by sci-fi and think that you can't have entertaining narratives that are scientifically accurate. Stereotyped, single dimensional characters and don't even get me started on the portrayal of women - in one scene a university professor's wife leaves the dining room because she's offended by the topic of conversation. She said nothing during the ...more
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Diego Fernández
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It is really amazing that got me with lot of surprises. I knew something from the second book and I given the task to theorise that I was right and it was. I think for book fair on October I'm going to buy the other books. Damn, I'd like to ask much questions to Asimov, but that's maybe in other life when I die. xD ha ha ha. Let's go for the fifth! ...more
Timothy Freeland
Jul 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Scott  Hitchcock
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Book 1: 4*
Book 2: 4*
Book 3: 4*
Book 4: 5*

Best book of the year to this point and it's pretty late in the year. This was the book were all the ground work in the first four really paid off and there were so many twist and oh shit moments. What a classic that really stands the test of time.
Davyne DeSye
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just wonderful!

Asimov’s original Foundation series wasn’t instantly popular when it was released in the 50s, but like the proverbial snowball rolling downhill, became one of the most popular science fiction series of all time. Fast forward thirty years, and Asimov could no longer avoid writing the fourth book in the series – not only because his publisher was becoming rather insistent, but because readers (even readers like me who were born after the original series was published) were bombardin
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
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-series
Isaac Asimov returns to the Foundation series some 30 years later, bringing with him some good twine to reel in his other series (Robots and Empire). He also brings with him the authorial respect and catalog he lacked early on, and that led Foundation's Edge to the NY Times Bestseller list. But was it good?

The first three books were told in pairs of stories, and this has only one, though with two distinct points of view (one for each Foundation). Schemes of both are brought together near Gaia, a
Rating: 4.25 stars

I love how basically every version of the future in scifi uses metric measurements assuming that one day Americans are just going to come to their senses and realise that imperial system is undeniably inferior. And Asimov is American.
Gillian Brownlee
My favorite of the Foundation series so far. They just keep getting better!
Ellis Knox
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I read the Foundation trilogy back in 1966. Found all three in a single hardcover, used, in a box in the back of a Portland bookstore on 4th Street. Fifty cents. Whaddadeal.

I knew Asimov had published other Foundation books but I was never interested. Now, at the other end of my life, I figured I owed the maestro at least one more read.

I enjoyed the early parts of the book. One premise that I enjoyed was trying to find Earth. Or, rather, how a civilization in which Earth was no more than a hundr
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bill Wellham
Jul 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 one of the most prolific writers 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 o

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