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  • Mass Market Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reprint edition (1 Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553293362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553293364
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.9 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,088,504 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

--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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.

--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Average Sci Fi Guy on 11 Dec. 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By ThorNogson on 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GeofM on 20 Sept. 2013
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Smith on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Smith on 21 Jan. 2004
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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, with the most interesting parts being 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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By Mike Kenny on 12 Nov. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Second Foundation is the third novel of the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov and is best read in sequence as it advances on concepts from the earlier novels. This is yet another excellent novel by Isaac Asimov (in fact, I've never encountered a bad book by him) and is written in two distinct parts.

The first part, "Search by the Mule", follows telepathic warlord The Mule's search for the elusive Second Foundation. The executive council of the Second Foundation is aware of the Mule's search and of his destructive intent but still allows him to discover the organisation "in a sense". It is then up to agents of the Foundation to deal with the threat in the most appropriate way.

The second part, "Search by the Foundation", is set sixty years after the events narrated in the first part. The members of the (First) Foundation are now fully aware of the existence and purpose of the Second Foundation. The original Foundation is embroiled in conflict with the Mule's former imperial capital at Kalgan and wants to avoid the potential threat posed by the Second Foundation. After inventing a device that can jam telepathic powers, the Foundation locates telepaths on Terminus and believes this to answer the question about the location of the mysterious Second Foundation. However, although this is an answer that satisfies, it is not necessarily an answer that is true.

Science fiction that is this good is a rare thing - I would recommend Asimov's Foundation series wholeheartedly.
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