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

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  44,756 Ratings  ·  925 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
Mass Market Paperback, 510 pages
Published 1987 by Grafton (first published 1986)
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Nowis Better read the others before.
In fact, I think the previous books were better than this one, especially the #4
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Wesleyaboyer
Mar 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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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Daavid
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Foundation (Publication Order) (7 books)
  • Foundation (Foundation #1)
  • Foundation and Empire (Foundation #2)
  • Second Foundation (Foundation #3)
  • Foundation's Edge (Foundation #4)
  • Prelude to Foundation
  • Forward the Foundation (Foundation: Prequel #2)
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