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Foundation and Earth

(Foundation, publication order #5)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  58,970 ratings  ·  1,437 reviews
Golan Trevize, former Councilman of the First Foundation, has chosen the future, and it is Gaia. A superorganism, Gaia is a holistic planet with a common consciousness so intensely united that every dewdrop, every pebble, every being, can speak for all—and feel for all. It is a realm in which privacy is not only undesirable, it is incomprehensible.

But is it the right choi
Paperback, 500 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Spectra (first published 1986)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
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 ori
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Simona B
The charm and the fault of Foundation and Earth is that it does a dismal job of concluding the Foundation series, one of the highest, if not the highest (it earned Asimov the 1966 special Best All-Time Series Hugo Award, winning against The Lord of the Rings and Heinlein's Future History) achievement of American Golden Age SF. The protagonist spends the whole book looking for an answer that concerns the future of the whole galaxy, but even when, in the end, he does find it, he remains troubled, ...more
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
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.
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
Diego Fernández
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sometimes I had hated Golan, but at the end he's right on what he said. Yes, Asimov, that was a good response in your book. I love it. And it was a good arguments whether or not once it existed Earth.

I had figured out why are not there records about Earth like books and many things. xD

Janov became my favourite character and Bliss, too. But Janov, I know how it feels to have a character like he. He wants to know everything between mythology and legends about that certain planet. Fallom seemed to
Cavanşir Gadimov
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With each book Foundation Series gets better. And decided to continue with Asimov's Robot series. Because this books links the story to Robot Series.

My review of this book:
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
Scott  Hitchcock
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Book 1: 4*
Book 2: 4*
Book 3: 4*
Book 4: 5*
Book 5: 3.5*

This was probably my least favorite of the 5 books. I really wish he had wrapped it up in book 4 which was my favorite. That's not to say it was bad. I just felt we were covering some of the same material again and I'm not in love with the ending especially given we spent all this time about the theorem and to have it conclude that way was very unsatisfactory for me.
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
Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Michael Campbell
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I spent the entire time I've read this series wondering about how it'll end. Every little time jump gave me new ideas for possibilities, and I continually updated my most likely conclusion. I had something of an anxiety about it, as I often do with grand epic works of fiction. How could one possibly end it both decisively and satisfactorily? Well, Isaac Asimov figured it out, and I can't help but wonder whether or not this was the plan all along or if he realized the conclusion along with Treviz ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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
J.Aleksandr Wootton
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I read the first three Foundation books years back. I liked them well enough, but suspending disbelief over the premise's implausibility was a constant struggle. I skipped #4 accidentally, which is fine, since Foundation and Earth contains enough callbacks that I felt caught up on the "big idea."

#4 is where the series begins to shift and introduce new ideas about potential social organizations. Foundation and Earth is where those ideas really begin to be tested, since our protagonist is charged
Ivana Books Are Magic

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
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
May 27, 2018 added it
Ok, I guess that I'm glad I read it. But actually I wish Asimov hadn't written it. It's poorly written, and it makes no sense. A novelette worth of episodes scattered amongst the characters educating each other about the history of mankind and about astronomy, because they each have their own specialties.

And the societal norms 20K yrs on are almost identical to ours. For example, the woman is presumed by several different populations to 'belong' to one or the other man. And when our heroes meet
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Having children in books is just as bad as in movies. Their arcs are so fucking boring and every other character just bitches about the kid and the chapters just plod on for eternity.

Also the cliffhanger ending was so stupid that Asimov decided he would rather die than have to write the next book in the series: "What if aLiEnS wErE tHe BaD gUyS"
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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