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  • Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Management, Scientific and Technical Information Program For sale by the National Technical Information Service] (1991)
  • ASIN: B00010AC5W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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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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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 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If You Like Foundation... 26 Aug 2003
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I love stories of vogages amongst the stars, and I've loved the Foundation Trilogy since 1976. Had this not been a Foundation novel I doubt that I could have kept up my interest. I found the relationship between the lead characters to be unbelievable and the pages are peppered with some truly awful dialog.
Did they find Earth? I didn't care by the end. The only Foundation book (I've read them all, including Benford and Bear) which I never went back to.
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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 Perfect 2 July 2014
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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 1 month ago by NJH
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 6 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 6 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 7 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 11 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 11 months ago by patches
5.0 out of 5 stars Asimov is a legend!
I loved the whole Foundation saga and would encourage any Sci-Fi fan to give these books a chance. These books have inspired me to read other Asimov novels!
Published 13 months ago by Andrew Tovey
5.0 out of 5 stars Foundation Earth
This was a gift and has good reading report the book is now with my grandaughter in London so it must be good
Published 15 months ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read if you have followed the saga from 'the Foundation'
Asimov takes you again on an amazing adventure, and when you think things are starting to be banal... the new acquaintances startle you and make you want to read even faster!
Published 16 months ago by Carlos Cura
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Novel
This novel is the perfect end to a classic Sci Fi series that is all encompassing. It is a book not to be missed for the sci fi fan.
Published 19 months ago by Babylongirl
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