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Foundation and Earth [Mass Market Paperback]

Isaac Asimov
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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22 Aug 1994 Foundation

The epic story of the Foundation is one of the great classics of science fiction by the Grand Master of the genre. Isaac Asimov’s legendary saga, winner of the Hugo Award for Best All-Time Novel Series, has enthralled generations of readers – and continues to amaze.

All records of Earth have been removed systematically from the libraries of Foundation worlds. Now Councilman Golan Trevize and Professor Janov Pelorat traverse the galaxy in search of humanity's ancestral planet. On worlds beyond the Foundation's influence, superstition and taboo shroud the subject of their quest. To name Earth is to utter an obscenity.

Fortunately, the space travellers find allies - and Pelorat finds a lover named Bliss - among the telepaths of the planet Gaia. As they near their destination, Bliss picks up thought waves of intelligent beings. What she cannot tell is whether or not those beings are human.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New Ed edition (22 Aug 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586071105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586071106
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All records of Earth have been removed systematically from the libraries of Foundation worlds. Now Councilman Golan Trevize and Professor Janov Pelorat traverse the galaxy in search of humanity's ancestral planet. On worlds beyond the Foundation's influence, superstition and taboo shroud the subject of their quest. To name Earth is to utter an obscenity!

Fortunately, the space travellers find allies – and Pelorat finds a lover named Bliss – among the telepaths of the planet Gaia. As they near their destination, Bliss picks up thought waves of intelligent beings. What she cannot tell is whether or not these beings are human.

The epic story of the Foundation is one of the great classics of science fiction by the Grand Master of the genre. Isaac Asimov's legendary saga, winner of the Hugo Award for Best All-Time Novel Series, has enthralled generations of readers – and continues to amaze.

"An exciting narrative drive, plenty of entertaining futurology"
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About the Author

Isaac Asimov was the Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America, the founder of robot ethics, the world’s most prolific author of fiction and non-fiction. The Good Doctor’s fiction has been enjoyed by millions for more than half a century.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas But Too Much Filler 31 Aug 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Asimov's Mysteries was the first book I read, over 30 years ago now. I grew up on Asimov and he will always be my favourite SF author. That being said, when I first bought Foundation And Earth, I was very disappointed. This week, I re-read it to see if my opinion had changed in a decade.
The thing is, there are some great ideas here and some Asimov magic up there with anything in the original Foundation trilogy. The encounters with the feral dogs and with Bander are classic Asimov - tightly written and flowing.
On the other hand, there are pages of repetitious argument between Trevize, Pelorat and Bliss, none of which advances the narrative. Nor does it bring any new insights to Gaia / Isolates. It truly feels like Asimov is padding out the book. It's certainly not as gripping as Foundation's Edge.
BUT if you're an Asimov fan as I am, this book is an essential read. And when the trio meet the final new character it did bring a lump to my throat. The way Asimov weaves together his stories into the one timeline is a joy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Foundation and Earth 23 Sep 2004
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Written after the original trilogy and foundation's edge but before "prelude" and "forward the foundation" this novel gives us the conclusion to the foundation series. In foundation's edge the ever mystic foundation and second foundation were reduced to triviality by newcomers on the planet Gaia who have had a superior grip on things all along. For me this somewhat spoils the mystique of the first three books, however in "foundation and earth" this storyline is used quite effectively to strengthen the link with the robot series as the search for earth continues.
Readers of the original series may be disappointed in the lack of twist and turns in the plot as this book only really concerns itself with one storyline which plods rather lethargically to its conclusion. You almost get the feeling someone is behind asimov with a cattle prod trying to get as many words out him as possible for what is essentially a short story forced out into a novel. Nevertheless it is asimov and as such there is no predictability and while no two characters are really that different from one another there's a great intellectual weight behind the dialogue and narrative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying End 15 Nov 2009
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Asimov is, in my opinion, one of the most consistent SF authors. I can safely say I have enjoyed every one of his books I have read, 16 so far, and this one is equally enjoyable.

This book carries on from the story told in Foundation's Edge and I think reading the earlier story will help you to enjoy this book. Reading the foundation trilogy will also help but these stories are well separated from the last 2 books in the series. Perhaps the best order to read the books in is by following the dates the books were written.

The whole series is: 1. Prelude to Foundation (1988) 2. Forward the Foundation (1993) 3. Foundation (1951) 4. Foundation and Empire (1952) 5. Second Foundation (1953) 6. Foundation's Edge (1982) 7. Foundation and Earth (1986)

Getting back to this book, I liked the references to other books and series. The Empire books such as Pebble in the Sky are in here so are the Robot series such as The Caves of Steel. You don't need to have read any of these to enjoy the story though.

Overall a tidy end to a great series that keeps you guessing right up to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book didn't manage to grip me quite as well as the other Foundation stories had. I struggled to keep picking it up but about halfway though it got more interesting, but spoiled in my opinion by the constant debate between Trevise and Bliss. A good book in its own right but not in the same league as the others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great end to a great series 10 May 2009
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The last in Asimov's Foundation series, Foundation and Earth closes the epic series well, but leaving one or two questions unanswered and posing a few new ones.

Golan Trevize and Janov Pelorat continue their search for the beginnings of humanity and the mythical planet Earth. This time though, they have help in the form of Pelorat's new partner and Gaian, Bliss. She believes that the galaxy should be transformed into the great Galxia, but will what the trio find on Earth back up her claims?

Not only does Foundation and Earth close the story of Seldon's psychohistory and the slow and steady formation of the Second Galactic Empire, but also some more ancient ideas from earlier in the series in the form of the Three Rules of Robotics.

A must for all Asimov fans and a great close to a great series. It's a shame there aren't any more now where this came from!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A (very flawed) masterpece 3 Feb 2008
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Asimov obviously intended to write a second trilogy in the Foundation series, and the end of this book contains the best passages, where the story so far is atmospherically summed up, and we look ahead to possible dark developments due to the new character who has been introduced. So that part of the book is fine. The rest, I'm afraid, is pretty poor. Firstly, there seems no reason for the constant and irritating sniping between Bliss and Trevize, and secondly, the plot is self-indulgently languid, peppered with allusions that Asimov fans will pick up, but still nothing more than an over-long travelogue. Asimov, rather uncharacteristically, shoves some sex in, but even that seems to sit uneasily in the mix. I do re-read parts of this book, but I will never read it all the way through again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not the best of Azimov's foundation series, but well worth a read
Published 2 days ago by Astro Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
always good.
Published 1 month ago by Geoff Thornley
5.0 out of 5 stars you made us so very happy
Asimov is great and my son was happy to get this hard to find gem. Thx!
Published 2 months ago by NJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
classic read
Published 3 months ago by albert halliwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
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Published 3 months ago by Hugo Coria
5.0 out of 5 stars Foundation
This guy was and will remain the absolute greatest sci fi writer of all time. He takes you into his worlds completely.
Published 7 months ago by john c demet
3.0 out of 5 stars foundation average
After reading the original foundation trilogy was eager to read the sequels but found them very disappointing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Tickner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Not quite as good at the original trilogy but still a damn good read, If you have read the others then why not continue on this journey to its completion...
Published 8 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Asimov the Best
I do not read Pure Sci Fi books too often mainly Koontz/Herbert/King but, when told to get the Asimov series, I made the leap and found I could not put them down and ended up... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rue
5.0 out of 5 stars Asimov
Absolutely terrific read if you love science fiction. It completes the series of Foundation novels. Then of course this leads on the the Robot novels.
Published 12 months ago by patches
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