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Second Foundation

(Foundation (Publication Order) #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  168,660 ratings  ·  3,654 reviews
Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. As unsurpassed blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women dedicated to preserving humanity's light in a galaxy plunged into a nightmare of ignorance and violence thirty thousand years long.

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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Spectra (first published 1953)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
(Book 527 from 1001 books) - Second Foundation (Foundation, #3), Isaac Asimov

Second Foundation is the third novel published of the Foundation Series by American writer Isaac Asimov, and the fifth in the in-universe chronology. It was first published in 1953 by Gnome Press.

Channis reveals his suspicions about the Second Foundation being located on the planet Tazenda, and takes the ship there. They first land on Rossem, a barren planet controlled by Tazenda, and meet with its governor, who appears
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Luca Ambrosino
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
English (Second Foundation) / Italiano

«The First Galactic Empire had endured for tens of thousands of years»
But now it no longer exists. The present is the Foundation, at war with an enemy with a terrible "psychic" power, i.e. the ability to influence the minds. The third chapter of the Foundation series is better than the two preceding it, with more action and suspense. It's the final showdown between the "Mule" and the Second Foundation, represented in the final battle by its "First Speaker".
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Baba
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Robot/Empire/Foundation. Book #11: Chronologically the fifth book in the Foundation series, but the last published book of the original Foundation trilogy released in 1953. Another book essentially made up of novellas - the first Search by the Mule, is the a long epilogue to the last novella in the previous book as The Mule goes out all guns blazing in his quest for the Second Foundation; the second Search by Foundation, sees a galaxy where The Mule's actions appear to have doomed The Plan, thus ...more
Sanjay Gautam
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great completion of the trilogy! This book, the last part of Foundation trilogy, was very captivating from the start and became even more interesting and enthralling leading to a great spellbinding climax. This trilogy has now entered to my all time favorite books. It has been a great experience reading Isaac Asimov.
Ian
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idea behind it's pretty good. Asimov has set up little philosopher kings to slowly shape the universe until they can accept being openly ruled by beings as superior as them, because of SCIENCE! It never actually handles the philosophical issues involved, but notes that they exist. Meanwhile, the plot is such:

Man1: Haha! I tricked you!
Man2: But I knew you were going to trick me. Instead, I tricked you!
Man1: But I knew you knew that I was going to trick you, so really *I* win!
Man2: NO! *dies*
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mark monday
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-classic
And so you take comfort in what once used to chafe and to frustrate: the man is smarter than you. Hari Seldon. At first you fought against his implacable logic, his elegant design mapping out the entire existence of your race, the human kind. But eventually you relaxed and embraced it: you and yours, your dreams, the human race... your goals and your future would be protected, protected by the plan. The Seldon Plan - and Foundation. And when Foundation and the Plan both suffered at the hands of ...more
J.L.   Sutton
Dec 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Galaxy! When can a man know he is not a puppet? How can a man know he is not a puppet?”

The Geeky Nerfherder: #WhelanWednesday: 'Arkady' by Michael Whelan

Isaac Asimov's Second Foundation centers around the search for Hari Seldon's elusive Second Foundation, both by the Mule as well as (many years later) those from the First Foundation. Questions about the Second Foundation and why it existed or whether it still exists swirl around as the search continues. This just felt like good story telling. Wonderful conclusion to a thought-provoking series! 4.5 stars

“It w
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Bradley
Re-Read 11/13/21:

Great mystery, lots of cat and mouse, and subterfuge.

And, of course, there is the grand attempt to put the proto-empire back together after the Mule (Humpty-Dumpty) had shattered it. The Foundation is cocky. So sure of itself. And yet… the math must rule.

So classic.


Original Review:

I'm still amazed at how well this and the other two books in the trilogy holds up. It's easy to let little things go like all the focus on Atomic Reactors when they've still got FTL. We could replace o
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Lyn
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second Foundation wraps up Asimov’s brilliant early 50s classic SF series Foundation.

Twenty-nine years later (in 1982) Asimov would publish Foundation's Edge, but for most of the golden age, the Foundation trilogy would form a template (though never completely duplicated) for SF excellence.

Essentially divided into two parts – the first part a conclusion of Foundation and Empire with The Mule and then the conclusion of the Foundation story. The search for the ultra-secretive Second Foundation co
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Orhan Pelinkovic
Second Foundation (1953) is the 3rd novel of the The Foundation Trilogy and the one I found most compelling of the three.

The Mule, after conquering the First Foundation, which is at the forefront of the physical sciences in the Galaxy, is in a restless search to find and eliminate the Second Foundation. The Second Foundation is the Mule's only threat and obstacle in uniting the Galaxy under his tyrannical rule. The Mule is a mutant with supreme mental powers capable of tampering with and manipul
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Trish
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This concludes my re-read of the original trilogy that I've read not too long ago. Reason for the re-read was the AppleTV+ show although the contents of this original trilogy isn't being handled just yet (I couldn't pace myself ;P).

As the title suggests, it's all about that elusive Second Foundation whose members have psychic abilities, which makes it much more of a threat to the mule. But he isn't the onyl one looking for it.
Interesting, here, was the fate of the First Foundation (another lesso
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Simona B
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book alone, I probably would have rated 3 stars out of 5, but I just noticed I rated 3 stars also the first two books in the trilogy, which baffles me because when I think of the Foundation trilogy, I do not think 3 stars. It seemed appropriate, therefore, to up the average rating of the series with this last chapter.

“Every human being lived behind an impenetrable wall of choking mist within which no other but he existed.”

What I loved about this particular instalment, and a thing that is qui
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Davyne DeSye
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fabulous conclusion to the original trilogy!

In the first book, we see the rise of the Foundation – the kernel of civilization around which the Second Galactic Empire will eventually rise after the fall of the First Galactic Empire… a foundation established for precisely that reason by the inestimable Hari Seldon, who – through his mathematics – can predict the future.

In the second book, we see Seldon’s Plan shattered by the unexpected rise of a conqueror with mutant mental powers (the
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Apatt
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“Was his controlled mind so concerned with obedience as to lose initiative? He felt a thickening despondency drive him down into a strange lassitude.”
Poor Captain Han Pritcher. Mind control is a common sci-fi trope but the feelings or thoughts of the person under control are rarely explored. This is what makes Part 1 of Second Foundation so special. As I mentioned in my review of Foundation and Empire The Mule is a terrific villain, clever and ruthless but no exactly evil and a little pitif
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Adrian
Like the other Foundation novels I have read this book (non GR or pre GR) many times since the wonderful fist reading in the 70s. Do I enjoy it every time ? Yes of course, otherwise I wouldn't re-read. Do I enjoy as much or more, hmm, difficult, in some ways no, its not new to me, but in some ways yes, because I get more every time, and I realise every time what an amazing author Asimov was.
So I have just finished it for 2017 as part of the Foundation (7 book version) series read for SF Aficiona
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jade
“a circle has no end.”

second foundation is the third and final book in what started out as a trilogy, and attempts to satisfyingly wrap up all loose ends from the first two books.

this trilogy has been steadily going downhill for me.

and this third book proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that (1) i do not think asimov explores his themes in-depth enough, and (2) barely-there characters with zero agency does not an engaging story make.

anyhow, let me briefly summarize where we stand right
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Markus
Second Foundation is a decent enough conclusion to the original Foundation trilogy, although it was by far the weakest book in the trilogy in my eyes.

The problem is that whereas the first book, despite its own flaws, is both intriguing and original, both the second and third volumes focus on deviation from, and restoration of, the psychohistorical master plan of Hari Seldon. The whole story of the Mule feels quite pointless and could be considered the weakest point of Asimov's ideas. Both the se
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Jason
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Intergalactic chess game - shall the Seldon Plan unravel, leaving the galaxy to savagery and digression or shall carefully laid undertakings based on probabilities save the galaxy from such a fate, and if so at what cost?

This, the third of the series, was simply comprised of a better story than it's predecessors. It still had that intelligent tilt, but it also fleshed out the characters and concealed the twists in plot in a much more satisfactory way. This was a page turner and by the end I felt
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Denisse
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book divided in two parts again, it can be read as two novellas instead of one book. I actually see it that way. A great conclusion with the fluent and smart writing the trilogy has had so far but a bit more focus on answers. Not as philosophical as the previews but far more dynamic. The trilogy in general is the perfect definition of well-plotted. Fast and interesting, perfectly exposed and detailed, intriguing and exciting. Second Foundation can be called an original ending even after all th ...more
Jamie
Aug 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Isaac Asimov's Foundation series is often cited amongst the nerdegalian as the best sci-fi series evar. It's set, as you may guess, far into the future where a man discovers that Rome ...uh, I mean The Galactic Empire is fated to collapse and bring about 30,000 years of barbarism unless certain actions are taken to start a long chain of events, the first of which is to create a kind of galactic Wikipedia. I'm not normally a fan of hard science fiction, and reading this trilogy kind of reminds me ...more
Manny
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
It's so funny when SF writers, especially ones like Asimov who take themselves seriously, try to predict the future. This book contains one of my favorite examples of getting it completely wrong. We're God knows how many thousands of years on from now, they have faster-than-light travel and force fields and any number of other miraculous inventions, but what is the absolute latest, cutting-edge technology?

Well... it looks rather like Dragon Dictate, with a printer that produces cursive handwrit
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Zoe Artemis Spencer Reid
Aug 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fic
“Galaxy! When can a man know he is not a puppet? How can a man know he is not a puppet?”

Solid ending with the best world building and terrific action in the trilogy, but felt to me the weakest installment based on the series concept.
Patrick
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, classics
Great ending to a great series!! I was very satisfied with the ending. I can’t wait to read the other books Asimov wrote later in his life about Foundation.
William
Mar 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a finale to the original trilogy, in publication order. Foundation was so far ahead of its time. I'm sure I read the original three books when I was a kid, but I remember very little. All the better, because it was like a new reading experience.

When I started this series, I was out of sorts. I had just moved, and some other things were jangling my brain, and interfering with my love of reading. Foundation got me back on track. I like to think of it as my own personal Seldon Plan.

I love mod
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Timothy Urgest
Sep 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Farhana Sufi
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Stephen
4.5 Stars. Satisfying conclusion to one of the classic space opera trilogies in science fiction history. Asimov could really spin a good, fun yarn and populate it was great "larger than life" characters. ...more
Dylan
Nov 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“The most hopelessly stupid man is he who is not aware he is wise.”


“all the suffering that humanity ever knew can be traced to the one fact that no man in the history of the Galaxy, until Hari Seldon, and very few men thereafter, could really understand one another. Every human being lived behind an impenetrable wall of choking mist within which no other but he existed. Occasionally there were the dim signals from deep within the cavern in which another man was located - so that each might
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Alex Bright
Jan 10, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won’t rate this one until I’m done #3, since I mistook this entry for Foundation and Empire. On to actually reading Second Foundation, lol!
Luke Devenish
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bliss me out, Bayta! The Second Foundation are controlling my mind! Well, they MUST be because I enjoyed this, the third of the Foundation space doddles, ONE WHOLE STAR MORE than the other two books that preceded it. Let's face it, I was certifiably paranoid BEFORE I picked up book number 3, but thanks to those cunning Second Foundationers and their ghastly galactic grip, I've gone starker raving bonkers than Ozzy Osbourne in receipt of a Final Notice gas bill. But there's a comfort in being min ...more
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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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