Foundation's Edge Hardcover – 1 Jun 1982
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‘One of the most staggering achievements in modern SF’
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At last, the costly and bitter war between the two Foundations had come to an end. The scientists of the First Foundation had proved victorious; and now they retum to Hari Seldon's long-established plan to build a new Empire that the Second Foundation is not destroyed after all-and that its still-defiant survivors are preparing their revenge. Now the two exiled citizens of the Foundation-a renegade Councilman and the doddering historian-set out in search of the mythical planet Earth. . .and proof that the Second Foundation still exists. Meanwhile someone-or something-outside of both Foundations sees to be orchestrating events to suit its own ominous purpose. Soon representatives of both the First and Second Foundations will find themselves racing toward a mysterious world called Gaia and a final shocking destiny at the very end of the universe! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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A magnificent insight into humanity. The legend of the Foundation continues here in Asimov's breathtaking vision of the future.
BEWARE! Any other Asimov collectors would do well to realise that the cover advertised is WRONG! It is NOT the early edition print, as I discovered recently - instead it is the newest cover. The same applies to all other old-style Asimov covers - you will get the new cover instead.
Just as the earlier "novels" were actually shorter stories strung together, FOUNDATIONS EDGE and FOUNDATION AND EARTH are two longer segments of the next step in his future history. Much has happened during the thirty years to affect the author's philosophy, and these two books which represent the necessary trip back to the beginning of it all reflect changes in thinking and of course of advances in scientific knowledge.
We see what is happening from two different viewpoints, the First Foundation viewpoint and the Second Foundation viewpoint. Each has its flaws and one can see that the Second Empire will indeed be deeply flawed if either of the foundations has its way over the other.
Humanity, however, is being guided by intelligence beyond that of Hari Seldon's plan, and those who have read PRELUDE TO FOUNDATION are quite aware of this. FOUNDATION'S EDGE works to lead us in the direction of the true master plan.
Read this book with an open mind, and do continue the thread by reading FOUNDATION AND EARTH before coming to concussions...er, conclusions...about it.
The Good Doctor is still however incapable of writing a bad novel, his worst (like this one) being merely competently entertaining.
The book follows the story of Golan Trevize (an opinionated Federation Councilman) and Janov Pelorat (a hermit Historian). The two venture out as Mayor Branno's Lightening Rod to attract the attention of the still-troublesome Second Foundation and stumble upon a world unlike no other, discovering an ancient secret, and setting Asimov up for his next blockbuster.
If you are familiar with and like the foundation series this book will not disappoint.
Azimov has the courage to break with the formula here and the story branches out into wholly new territory.
The content, context and dialog are very convincing and the delivery is Azimov at his most human, and best.
He has the ability to put over very complex and serious ideas in a totally straighforward way and never indulges in
technical wizardry for its own sake, simply using technical ideas to explain the purpose of the plot.
Very few SF books illustrate a possible milestone in social and polital psychology in such an entirely vivid and readable way.
Better if you've read the foundation series beforehand but the essential background is given here and the book stands up perfectly well on its own. Any detailed description of the story would detract from the reading experience but get through the first chapter or two and you'll find it hard to put down until it's inspirational ending.
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I bought this, part of the whole Foundation series, as a gift. It went down well.Published 3 months ago by Filbert
This book has been recommended by my friends of Sci-Fi. Highly enjoyable. A must for Sci-Fi fans.Published 10 months ago by Colin
The story is brilliant just as i remember reading years ago.Published 11 months ago by David Marshall
Amazing as Asimov always is ! Unfortunately ... my dog ate it so my fiance couldn't finish reading it so I had to buy a second hard copy! Money well spent (BAD DOG)Published 14 months ago by Bobby K
Unbelievable. A truly epic continuation of the original series.Published 16 months ago by Harrison Evans