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

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  46,365 Ratings  ·  984 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
Paperback, 528 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Spectra (first published 1986)
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Nikos Apostolakis not as fun. it will ruin the rest of the books and it is not that good a book by itself. however, after reading the other 6, you ll probably want to…morenot as fun. it will ruin the rest of the books and it is not that good a book by itself. however, after reading the other 6, you ll probably want to read this one as well... hope i helped.. (less)

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Wesleyaboyer
Mar 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
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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Foundation and Earth (Foundation #5), Isaac Asimov
Foundation and Earth is a science fiction novel by American writer Isaac Asimov, the fifth novel of the Foundation series and chronologically the last in the series. It was published in 1986, four years after the first sequel to the Foundation trilogy, which is titled Foundation's Edge.
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 orig
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Apatt
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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. Anyway, to cut a dull anecdote short, 80s Foundation books are just as entertaining as the original trilogy from the 50 ...more
David
Apr 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
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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Kevin Slater
Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Japhy Grant
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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Adrian
I really enjoyed this book, and am in awe of the way that Asimov pulled all the threads together to link his Foundation, Empire and Robot novels. I have read many of his books and this works to about 99%, as in there are a few "temporal" anomalies in the gathering together of his novels, but so few and so minor, it doesn't really count.
Sadly with 500 years to go for the culmination of Seldon's plan or whatever will be replacing it (say no more), there are no books written by Asimov himself, or w
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Tracey
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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David (דוד)
4.5 Stars

A good ending to the series. I really liked the extended story in Book 4-5 more than 1-3, although of course, it was built up on the latter. This book (book 5) deals with conflicting ideas of the extremes: that of oneness (groupism) and isolationism (individualism). Full of continuing mystery to the search for Planet Earth, the novel is complete adventure, as Asimov connects the series with his Robot series of titles.

Somehow, although I did not find the ending excellent, it did satisfy
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Tim
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Denisse
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 I love open endings but not all of them are good enough. The biggest problem of the book? Too repetitive and too much build up.  Foundation and Earth is a cool sequel to the sequel and the idea behind it really hopefull but overall a bit disappointing. Anyways, Asimov will always be a good choice for scifi and I just can't stop reading him.


Asimov siempre tiene un toque que me atrapa en sus novelas, pero con esta entrega en la serie de Fundación si se me hizo difícil seguirle en muchas ocasi
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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
May 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Derek Davis
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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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Victor
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Just thinking about Foundation and Earth brings a smile to my face. Does that ever happen to you? I almost wish I could repeat that experience of reading it for the first time. This book is very much my cup of tea. The only reason why I'm giving this novel four and not five stars is that reading it wasn't a life-changing experience. It was a very pleasant one and perhaps that's it. Not that it was predictable for it certainly wasn't. On the contrary, there were some nice twists and turns that ma
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Davyne DeSye
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one (again), although it is always sad to read the last book in a series you love… because then what? I’ve been immersed in this universe for three months now, and I’m… Done. Sad. Yet fulfilling. Can’t wait to read it all again.

This book is so much more than the last book of Asimov’s Foundation series. It works well as the last book because, despite the fact that the two Foundations of the series are not much featured in this book, there is an ending that helps the reader look forward
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Tfitoby
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favourites
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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Andrew Obrigewitsch
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
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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Buck
Foundation and Earth is a sequel to, and should be read after, Foundation's Edge. It is supposedly a continuation of the famous Foundation trilogy, written decades earlier, and so it is, but only loosely so. Trevize and his companions follow a quest in search of the legendary Earth. They visit several planets, each of which poses a threat and from which they must leave in a hurry. Eventually they do find earth by plotting the coordinates of the Spacer worlds, the first worlds to be settled by hu ...more
Thom
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-series
Book four, written 30 years after the first three, had a rather abrupt ending, and unsatisfied questions - where is Earth? who was actively hiding it? how does it factor into history and the present day?

So book five was inevitable, and it does answer the above questions. Unfortunately, it does so with a meandering plot, openly fractious characters and somewhat tenuous connections to the rest of Isaac Asimov's books - most importantly the Robots series. One major character from those books makes
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Riyad
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
বেশ অনেকটা সময় নিয়ে এই সিরিজ শেষ করলাম। ফাউনডেশন সিরিজ নিয়ে নতুন করে কিছু বলার নেই। রিভিউ লিখতে হলে অবশযই পুরো সিরিজকেনদরিক রিভিউ লিখব সময় করে। আসিমভ ফাউনডেশন সিরিজ নিয়ে আরও লিখতে চেয়েছিলেন, এর ইঙগিত এই বইয়ের শেষেই দেয়া হয়েছে। ফাউনডেশন এনড আরথ এর পর যদি সিরিজের কোন বই বের হতো সেটা কি সিরিজের বাকি সবগুলো বইকে ছাড়িয়ে যেত? হয়তো যেত, কিনতু সেটা আর কোনদিনই জানা যাবে না। ছাড়িয়ে যাওয়ার কথা কেন বলছি, এই বইটি পড়লেই বোঝা যাবে। সায়েনস ফিকশনকে অনযরকম উচচতায় নিয়ে গেছে এই ফাউনডেশন সিরিজ। ফিকশন পরেমী, নন-ফিকশন ...more
Pål Fiva
Nov 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
Ajeje Brazov
Un, lungo, affascinante e suggestivo, viaggio alla ricerca delle origini dell'umanità...
Magico!
Paul Ispas
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O concluzie frumoasă poveștii Fundației. Deși finalul era cumva de așteptat, plăcerea de a citi modul în care se leagă toate nodurile dezlegate din poveștile celelalte ale universului Asimov, plecând de la ”O piatră pe cer” și terminând cu ultima din seria Roboții, Funația și Pământul arată cum Asimov a ales să-și respecte fanii. Tratat individual, romanul are o valoare decentă, mai ales în contextul în contextul este perfect legată de ”Marginea fundației”.
Și totuși, parcă în continuare așteptam
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JonSnow
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read in 2012
Read in 2016
At long last! what a magnificently profound journey the foundation universe has been! Before I review this, I must say, what a read this series is! I decided to read everything in the suggested chronological order. I had long ago already read the original trilogy and foundations edge as well as foundation and earth. but i had never read the robot stories or books, or the galactic empire novels, or prelude and forward...

So here we are. the breathtaking endeavor has sadly c
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Lizzie
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
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!
Jenna
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.



Francis Gahren
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
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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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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