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Foundation and Chaos

(Second Foundation Trilogy #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  25,340 ratings  ·  93 reviews
A major science fiction author continues one of the most famous SF stories of all time.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 15th 1999 by Orbit (first published 1998)
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Mario the lone bookwolf
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

It is always complicated when an author adapts or continues another's work. In this case, it is a complete success.

Greg Bear has been zealous to be e worthy of Asimov´s legacy. The effort that an author is likely to take to get into such a complex universe might be significant. He succeeds in perfectly generating the undertone and the context and creates a worthy extension of the Foundation Universe.


Es ist immer so eine Sache, wenn ein Autor das Werk eines anderen adaptiert oder fo
Jeremiah Johnson
Mar 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
I almost gave this two stars until I realized how utterly pointless the book was. Nothing in the story advances the plot of the Foundation Series until the last 10 pages or so.
The "sims" were (thankfully) largely downplayed after their disastrous introduction in Foundation's Fear. There was no VR immersion nonsense either. It also wasn't nearly as long (albeit still 350 pages or so too long in my opinion...). So in these regards, it was not as bad as Fear was.
But, there were robots. Tons and ton
C. Conner
Apr 27, 2012 rated it did not like it

This book is annoying on many levels:

Overall thoughts - this was not a journey where the reader is carried along by a quest and comes to a resolution by the end. This was a "glad it's over" story. A book should be a collection of words greater than the sum of the total. Foundation and Chaos was the opposite. Asimov gives the sensation of a rich and vast universe with his Foundation series. With this book the words are there but the meaning is lost and the reader is left looking through a small p
Daniel McGill
Does some damage control on what Benford did to the series in the first book before it gets going but I'd give this series a pass unless you're a fanatical completionist. ...more
Alex Shrugged
I finished reading "Foundation and Chaos" by Greg Bear. This is an authorized part of the Asimov Foundation series . Once again we get into the details, filling out the story about how the Foundation got started. The original series started off rather abruptly with a new character, placed on trial and an older character that seems to know what is going on. The judgement is exile and suddenly you are on another planet, wondering how it all happened. Foundation and Chaos provides that information, ...more
Feb 06, 2011 rated it liked it

I read the Foundation Series as a teenager and with "Foundation and Earth" I thought there could be nothing more that could be achieved beyond that book. So, when I came across the books that were published ostensibly as an authorised extension to the foundation saga - It was something amounting to sacrilege!! I could barely control myself whenever I caught a glimpse of any of the pretenders. It was like Mammon had won the battle and Asimov's legacy would soon be muddled.

Well, time does mellow o
Roddy Williams
‘In ‘Foundation and Chaos’, one of science fiction’s greatest storytellers takes one of its greatest stories into new and fascinating territory. Isaac Asimov’s classic Foundation series is back.

Hari Seldon, approaching the end of his life, is on trial for daring to predict the Empire’s fall. At the same time, final preparations are under way for the long-anticipated migration to Star’s End. But R Daneel Olivaw, the brilliant robot entrusted with this great mission, has discovered a potential en
Eoghann Irving
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Foundation and Chaos is book two of the Second Foundation Trilogy is rather different to book one. For a start Bear sticks more faithfully to the Foundation universe as described by Asimov. How important that is will vary depending on the reader. More importantly, the plot of this book feels more cohesive, resulting in a more entertaining read.

The Second Foundation Trilogy covers the life of Hari Seldon, his invention of psychohistory and his setting up of the two Foundations. This particular bo
Oct 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Phil Giunta
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I completed Foundation and Chaos in a few weeks, reading mostly in the late evening or in stolen minutes during weekends. By contrast, I took months to finish the first entry in this trilogy, Foundation's Fear by Gregory Benford. Benford's plodding, tedious pacing and fragmented plot did not inspire confidence in the rest of the series but Greg Bear turned that around.

I was eager to return to Foundation and Chaos everyday and for as long as possible. Well conceived plot, excellent pacing, and s
C.S. Wright
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book adds background and detail to the trial scene at the beginning of Asimov's 'Foundation' and brings some real depth to the character of Hari Seldon who, in the orginal trilogy is given no background at all, despite being the driving force behind the creaion of the Foundation itself. The author does not try to imitate Asimov's style, something I was grateful for as it seldom goes well when writers do that. (Please don't make me think of the abyssmal conclusion to the Dune series!) I thro ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compared with the novel that came before in this series, this one was phenomenal!

Foundation and Chaos: The Second Foundation Trilogy is clearly a secondary book in a trilogy. It advances the story arc and sets up the crisis to be resolved in the third novel, without actually answering many questions itself. This novel was a faster read than Foundation's Fear (Second Foundation Trilogy, #1), and seemed to dovetail very nicely with the initial vignette in Foundation.

I was thrilled to see Dors back
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Starting in the middle of a series is a crazy idea but read the book. You in a world of low intelligent thanks to a disease that kills any child of high intelligent. One of the main character Klis suffered as a child. Lucky for the robots she and a boy called Brann survived this. The robots they to get these two to help the change of the world.
The story is deep and philosophy like. A bit too deep to read.
Jay Caselberg
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
As an original devotee of the series that prompted this and the other two Foundation novels, I thought Bear did quite a good job of capturing the background and characters as well as a believable evolution of the storyline. At the same time, quite readable, which isn't a bad thing. ...more
Baron Rothschild
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
great read...
Víctor Álvarez
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know Greg Bear is on my good graces when the first chapter of Foundation and Chaos mentions that wormholes are seldom used now. Well, there goes that bad idea from Foundation's Fear.

Foundation and Chaos takes place about 30 years after the events of Foundation's Fear and somewhere between the final chapters of Forward the Foundation and Foundation's Part 1: The Psychohistorians. In the original Foundation there's a trial involving Hari Seldon and Gaal Dornick, and this book offers some conte
Timothy Darling
This book is better written than it's predecessor in the trilogy. It follows the characters more smoothly and one get's a feel for the complexity of what is happening. Unfortunately, the complexity also contributes to the difficulty I had following who the characters actually were. I found myself chapter after chapter flipping back through the book to find a character's name so I would know how to associate them with the current part of the plot. Never the less I found the character's more engag ...more
May 30, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We know from Asimov's original Foundation trilogy that one of the seminal events in the life of psychohistorian Hari Seldon was his trial for treason against the Empire, which forced the thousands of academics working on his Encyclopedia Galactica to move from the capital world of Trantor to the remote planet Terminus, where they formed the core of the Foundation that would shorten the Long Night when the Empire collapsed. In this second volume of Greg Bear's Second Foundation trilogy, he fills ...more
Emily Catherine
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Awesome! I loved it! Great weaving together, I like his style of writing more than the first of this trilogy but all in all, books 1 and 2 fit together so well and carry the whole universe and storyline exceptionally! Holes of knowledge and information in the original trilogy and following books are given, different perspectives and angles and that feel right. I think they have done an amazing job with this series!

Onto the third and final. The last of them all!
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Now, I'm not going to say that this series is as ground-breaking as Asimov's (puhlease), but I do highly recommend that all the haters go back and read some of the originals and reassess how they feel about these authors matching (or not matching) Asimov's "voice." Having recently read the entire original series, I'm pretty amazed at how these books fall right in line. ...more
Mark Rabideau
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent and intriguing addition to Asimov's legacy. Greg Bear's contribution to this second trilogy carries Hari Seldon to the very cusp of the future. His writing skills most certainly do not disappoint. The plot and characters bob & weave through the eddies of time and history. I hope that the trilogy's final novel by David Brin brings this saga to a satisfying close. ...more
Rob Markley
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
I really had high hopes of what Bear could bring to Asimov. I like Bear the more but I regret that I feel instead of lifting Foundation Bear was dragged down from his lofty and brilliant science based fiction
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5* Lots of interesting aspects of the story. For some reason, just couldn't connect with the characters. Maybe it was because there were too many interesting characters? I was just left with the feeling that I had watched something very interesting and was hoping for more? ...more
Naman Srivastava
Awesome read!

Loved the way the book is integrated to the ones that came before in the series. Just like the others in this series, amazing how the multiple story lines merge together.
Phil Ellenberger

Any ScFi reader worth his salt knows Isaac foundation series They also miss his whole set of works fiction and non fiction. So,when a book rises up that brings a credible as Kinect to the series it's wonderful reading. Thank you Mr. Bear
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Well written sequel to Asimov's foundation series. Fun and engaging, although nothing brilliant. Continues issue over what it means to be human (vs. robot) and issue of free will, but luckily does not get too preachy. ...more
Göran Svensson
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
No citation signs anywhere. But that could be because the whole book was a citation from Encyclopedia Galatcia. Anyway a good read, characteristic of Asimov's long sweeping scenarios. ...more
Mr C
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written in the spirit of Asimov

The story inside the story carefully woven together to create a masterpiece of intrigue and adventure absolutely a great read
Doug Powell
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A respectable addition to the Foundation Universe. I was able to tell this was not Asimov's pen and I still enjoyed the story. ...more
Elizabeth R.
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
A broad and diverse cast of characters, expertly portrayed.
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Greg Bear is one of the world's leading hard SF authors. He sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes's Famous Science Fiction.

A full-time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear. He is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson. They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra.

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