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Foundation's Triumph (Second Foundation Trilogy) [Mass Market Paperback]

David Brin
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30 May 2000 Second Foundation Trilogy (Book 3)

As for me, I am finished.' With these words, a frail, dying Hari Seldon completes his life's work. The old man has just recorded messages for the Time Vault of the First Foundation. Psychohistory's Seldon Plan is unleashed, propelled by the ponderous momentum of destiny. Younger hands will now take up the task.

For the first time in his life, Seldon is no longer watched, nurtured and guided by robots and he retires to a corner of the Imperial Park to garden. The Seldon plan has three possible outcomes. None of them fills him with joy but he is consoled by the thought that any of the three is better than the chaos that would have happened without him.

But the future still holds some surprises for Hari Seldon...

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (30 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061056391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061056390
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,149,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Brin is a scientist, public speaker and world-known author. His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages.

David's latest novel - Existence - is set forty years ahead, in a near future when human survival seems to teeter along not just on one tightrope, but dozens, with as many hopeful trends and breakthroughs as dangers... a world we already see ahead. Only one day an astronaut snares a small, crystalline object from space. It appears to contain a message, even visitors within. Peeling back layer after layer of motives and secrets may offer opportunities, or deadly peril.

David's non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- deals with secrecy in the modern world. It won the Freedom of Speech Award from the American Library Association.

A 1998 movie, directed by Kevin Costner, was loosely based on his post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman. Brin's 1989 ecological thriller - Earth - foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends such as the World Wide Web. David's novel Kiln People has been called a book of ideas disguised as a fast-moving and fun noir detective story, set in a future when new technology enables people to physically be in more than two places at once. A hardcover graphic novel The Life Eaters explored alternate outcomes to WWII, winning nominations and high praise.

David's science fictional Uplift Universe explores a future when humans genetically engineer higher animals like dolphins to become equal members of our civilization. These include the award-winning Startide Rising, The Uplift War, Brightness Reef, Infinity's Shore and Heaven's Reach. He also recently tied up the loose ends left behind by the late Isaac Asimov: Foundation's Triumph brings to a grand finale Asimov's famed Foundation Universe.

Brin serves on advisory committees dealing with subjects as diverse as national defense and homeland security, astronomy and space exploration, SETI and nanotechnology, future/prediction and philanthropy.

As a public speaker, Brin shares unique insights -- serious and humorous -- about ways that changing technology may affect our future lives. He appears frequently on TV, including several episodes of "The Universe" and History Channel's "Life After People." He also was a regular cast member on "The ArciTECHS."

Brin's scientific work covers an eclectic range of topics, from astronautics, astronomy, and optics to alternative dispute resolution and the role of neoteny in human evolution. His Ph.D in Physics from UCSD - the University of California at San Diego (the lab of nobelist Hannes Alfven) - followed a masters in optics and an undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Caltech. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Space Institute. His technical patents directly confront some of the faults of old-fashioned screen-based interaction, aiming to improve the way human beings converse online.

Website: http://www.davidbrin.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/davidbrin1

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Isaac Asimov's 1951-53 "Foundation" trilogy is a rough-hewn classic of far-future SF, honoured with a unique 1965 Hugo for Best All-Time Series. It begins with "psychohistorian" Hari Seldon mapping the best possible course for humanity's next millennium, after the fall of the doomed Galactic Empire. Late in life Asimov revisited the series and awkwardly linked it with his popular robot stories--introducing vast conspiracy theories to explain the Empire's total lack of visible robots.

Asimov's estate authorised three SF notables to fill out Seldon's life in the "Second Foundation Trilogy", which David Brin here wraps up after Gregory Benford's Foundation's Fear and Greg Bear's Foundation and Chaos. Chaos is the new keyword because chaos theory seemingly makes nonsense of psychohistorical prediction. Whole planetary populations can lapse into chaotic rebellion despite secret mind-controlling agencies behind the scenes. So Seldon makes his last interstellar journey, harried, lectured and even kidnapped by the warring factions of robots and not-quite-robots that have long manipulated humanity. The robots' dilemma:

"We are loyal, and yet far more competent than our masters. For their own sake, we have kept them ignorant, because we know too well what destructive paths they follow, whenever they grow too aware."

Brin does his best with Asimov's overcrowded legacy, skilfully steering Seldon to an insight about the much-foretold future that satisfies both the old man and the reader, with a spark of human free will and constructive chaos shining through the greyness of predestination. Asimov would have approved. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Brin, Bear and Benford have written three terrific books which add a new level of richness to SF's greatest achievement (*****SFX)

It took a long time for the future to get history. Robert Heinlein did a chart. Then, in 1942, Isaac Asimov began the Foundation series ... Now it's time to take another step (JOHN CLUTE)

Isaac Asimov's 1951-53 "Foundation" trilogy is a rough-hewn classic of far-future SF, honoured with a unique 1965 Hugo for Best All-Time Series. It begins with "psychohistorian" Hari Seldon mapping the best possible course for humanity's next millennium, after the fall of the doomed Galactic Empire. Late in life Asimov revisited the series and awkwardly linked it with his popular robot stories--introducing vast conspiracy theories to explain the Empire's total lack of visible robots. (Asimov's estate authorised three SF notables to fill out Seldon's life in the "Second Foundation Trilogy", which David Brin here wraps up after Gregory Benford's Foundation's Fear and Greg Bear's Foundation and Chaos. Chaos is the new keyword because chao)

We are loyal, and yet far more competent than our masters. For their own sake, we have kept them ignorant, because we know too well what destructive paths they follow, whenever they grow too aware. (Brin does his best with Asimov's overcrowded legacy, skilfully steering Seldon to an insight about the much-foretold future that satisfies both the old man and the reader, with a spark of human free will and constructive chaos shining through the greyness) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the three. 3 Jun 2000
Format:Paperback
Brin's third book in this series was by far the best of the three, but I cannot help thinking that the whole endeavor was a mistake. Brin had a much greater appreciation, and knowledge of the previous Asimov writings and he kept(generally) within the framework of the Foundation/Robot writings. One glaring exception was his placement of the inception of the Gaia group on Eos 500 years before Foundation's Edge. According to Foundation's Edge (my favorite book in this series) and Foundation and Earth, Gaia was founded 12,000 years earlier by robot- accompanied refugees from Earth. A minor detail perhaps but it seemed to me that throughout this series the 3 B's played loose and fast with the "facts". All three books were very interesting and all three authors are excellent writers, however, it was perhaps a judgement error for them to get involved with this project. Benford was by far the worst, as he seemed to be making things up as he went along. Wormholes may be better science than hyperspace, but it isn't science alone, it's science fiction. A central tenet of Asimov's writings was that humans created robots and robots discovered hyperspace. Where these wormholes suddenly appeared from is a mystery and I am glad that Bear and Brin toned them out of importance. Greg Bear is a wonderful writer, but much too dark for this series. All in all the whole series was much too depressing. As any historien knows, 20 thousand years is enough for any civilization to completely have forgotten its past, why invent the amnesia theme? Personally I felt the Caliban series was much closer to the Asimov ethos. One idea I really liked of Brin's was that Hari Seldon's invention, his pride and joy, was the First Foundation alone. The Second Foundation and Gaia were forced on him. I hope Brin alone will continue these stories (and I hope he clears up the Gaia inconsistency).
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3.0 out of 5 stars I was left wanting less 12 July 2012
Format:Paperback
There's no doubt this is a marvellously clever book. In this final volume of the Second Foundation Trilogy, Brin gets to deliver the goods on various storylines that Bedford and Bear had to be content with foreshadowing in previous volumes: what happened to the aliens in Asimov's galaxy; why galactic society has been static for so long; what's been going on with Seldon's "Chaos Worlds"; the relevance of childhood brain fever; the origins of Gaia; and the real origin (or perhaps not, Brin hints) of human mentalic talent. Not content with that, Brin indulges in a sort of frenzy of fixer-uppery, apparently seeking to explain every oddity in Asimov's original canon, and attempting to make almost everything in galactic history the work of R. Daneel Olivaw's secret robot cabal. In particular, connections are made with Asimov's three Empire novels, "Pebble in the Sky", "The Stars Like Dust" and "The Currents of Space"; with the events (centuries in Seldon's future) of "Foundation's Edge" and "Foundation and Earth"; with Roger MacBride Allen's authorized "Caliban" robot trilogy; and with an obscure early Asimov short story, "Blind Alley". There is a clever hint that all will not turn out according to Olivaw's master plan, which nods to the reader's awareness that the Encyclopedia Galactica will exist a thousand years after Seldon's death (because we've been reading extracts from that Encyclopedia at the chapter heads of the whole Foundation series). There's a set-up for more conflict to follow on from "Foundation and Earth", if anyone cares to write the story, and even a little bit of infrastructure put in place so that we might have an improbable means of encountering Hari Seldon again. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Asimov 11 Dec 2012
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I think this is even better than Asimov. More depth, certainly more expanse and scale. Writing style is not as childlike as Asimov's was in the foundadtion trilogy
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5.0 out of 5 stars best of the post Asimov Foundations 23 April 2012
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Having read all the Asimov Foundation and Robot series and all three prequels/sequels, I think this is by far the best - the most Asimovian in the style of writing. Brin is excellent
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A STUNNING CONCLUSION TO ASIMOV'S SAGA 3 Mar 1999
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Format:Hardcover
It was pure delight to read the manuscript of this novel. With much of the action taking place in the deep past, with covering the last months of Hari Seldon's life and with a visionary glimpse of the future of the Foundations and Galaxia this book finally gives explanations to all the questions even Asimov shied from answering. Run and grab it!!!
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