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Second Foundation (Foundation Novels) [School & Library Binding]

Isaac Asimov
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Oct 1999 Foundation Novels
So far the Foundation was safe. But there was a hidden Second Foundation to protect the first. The Mule has yet to find it, but he was getting closer all the time. The men of the Foundation sought it, too, to escape from Mule's mind control. Only Arkady, a 14 year-old girl seemed to have the answer, or did she...?


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  • School & Library Binding: 279 pages
  • Publisher: San Val (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785773444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785773443
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,113,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SECOND FOUNDATION

One man understood the shifting patterns of the inhabited cosmos. This was Hari Seldon, the last great scientist of the First Empire. The mathematics of psychohistory enabled Seldon to predict the collapse of the Empire and the onset of civilisation in the shortest possible time, Seldon set up two Foundations.

The First was established on Terminus in the full daylight of publicity. But the Second, ‘at the other end of the galaxy’, took shape behind a veil of total silence. Because the Second Foundation guards the laws of psychohistory, which are valid only so long as they remain secret.

When the First Foundation was conquered by a force Seldon had not foreseen – the overwhelming power of a single individual, a mutant called the Mule – the Second Foundation was forced to reveal its existence and, infinitely worse, a portion of its power. But so far its location, its most closely guarded secret of all, has been kept hidden. So far. The Mule and the remnants of the First Foundation will do anything to discover it.

This is the story of the Second Foundation.

“One of the most staggering achievements in modern SF”
THE TIMES

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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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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the first 2? 15 Aug 2011
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This is an excellent book and the Kindle version is a good edition. However the book is typicial of what is wrong with the way that publishers treat electronic versions of their books - what is the point of publishing a Kindle version of the third book in a trilogy without publishing the first two in the series? For goodness sake publishers, get your act together and embrace the future.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 20 Sep 2013
By GeofM
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A good kindle edition of a Foundation series book. What about the rest of the series? I have them all in paperback but I would buy them as e-books, as would many other Asimov readers, I believe.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Asimov's Foundation SERIES does not need my review - anybody that knows anything about science fiction will know that this is a classic. What it does need is a publisher with the vaguest clue. Specifically this is a three part series and having the third book in the series available on kindle without the first two being available on kindle seems somewhat pointless. If the whole series was available I'm sure lots of Asimov fans like me would snap up the opportunity to re-read them....
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Fouundation: shocking revelations 21 Jan 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Whilst it is best to read second foundation after 'foundation' and 'foundation and empire' it is not essential, as the prologue fills you in on the basics of the previous two novels.
The book goes a long way to explain the purpose of the mysterious second foundation, but the main focus is on its location, and the search for it by both the mule and the first foundation.
The first half puts order into the chaotic situation left by the events in 'foundation and empire', and follows many twists and schemes that make it entirely engrossing, without giving the slightest hint of the dramatic ending.
The second half provides the real substance of the book, a rebellion of the first foundation against the ideals of the second foundation. This leads the reader to question the entire idea of psychohistory, as the first foundation does not like to think of itself as being 'controlled' by the second, even though it knows that the interference of the second foundation will result in a bright, peaceful future for mankind.
The book is laid out with a new twist to the plot in every chapter, making it almost impossible to put down, especially towards the end.
The most interesting parts are meetings of the second foundation members, which explain the inner workings of the seldon plan, along with how the arrival of the mule affected it.
The characters are well presented, and are developed only as much as is necessary, to keep the fast pace of the novel going, but are entirely believable, and link in with the characters in the previous books.
Some people like to read the last page of a book first, doing this with second foundation, and indeed with the entire foundation series, will ruin the book utterly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
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classic read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Asimov 11 Jun 2014
By Di Fi
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One is carried away into a quite believable distant future that touches on politics, religion, war, fall of an Empire and the rise of a Foundation (or 2). Asimov's early stories as so much more readable than the later ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic! 19 Feb 2014
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Still fresh and remarkably prescient. Not at all naive. Proper sci-fi with spaceships, boasters and mental powers!
It's a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great. 9 Feb 2014
By Mike
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The first three books in the Foundation series are all fantastic. Maybe not quite up to the dizzy heights set by Frank Herberts Dune series, but then so few Sci-fi epics are and this maybe the closest that I've read.
This had passed me by until recently so if it's somehow done the same with you and if its your cup of tea then buy this trilogy asap!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second Foundation
Husband had all three books years ago but had mislaid them so he asked me to send to you to purchase them
Published 5 months ago by Amelia Mc Kinlay
3.0 out of 5 stars Second Foundation
I read all the Foundation books years ago and quite enjoyed them at the time. Unfortunately I have found this particular book faile to live up to the memories. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm biased anyway
I have the paperback version of all of his books purchased at least 30 years ago. I would have to check properly but I felt that some of the wording was different to the paperback. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Asimov's other masterpiece
Frank Herbert was the first to acknowledge the legacy of The Foundation Trilogy in his Dune-world: before Star Wars, Dune or any other scifi cliché, there was Asimov's own... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Asimov Second Foundation very good
This book is very good family reading . My children grew. Up reading Asimov books for a book at bedtime, they are all very good readers and we enjoyed these books immensely
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Yet again Isaac Asimov had stunned my family with another great Sci-Fi book. the book will grip you to the end
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