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Foundation's Edge Hardcover – 1 Jun 1982

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (Jun. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385177259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385177252
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘One of the most staggering achievements in modern SF’
The Times

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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.

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This is the superbly well-written sequel to the Foundation Trilogy. First and Second Foundations clash again, and the mystery of long lost Earth returns to the galaxy.
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.
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It seems to me that so many have missed a very important point at what's happened here. Isaac Asimov created, in his youth and from his brilliance, a future universe. Then, as is so with all authors, he moved on to other projects, developing his philosophy and his story telling skills and also his sense of humor as his career continued. Of his own, he really had no idea of returning to Foundation, but of course, readers wanted and began to demand more. Finally, his publishers applied pressure, and the result was FOUNDATIONS EDGE, FOUNDATION AND EARTH, PRELUDE TO FOUNDATION, & FORWARD THE FOUNDATION.
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.
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Great read as you'd expect. One thing I'd note however, if (like me) you were introduced to Asimov's work through the Foundation trilogy, and intend to read the rest of his work, I'd recommend reading the earlier (in the story line chronology) Robots and Empire books before moving on to this. This and Foundation & Earth include many references and tie-ins to the earlier books, which can become spoilers if you haven't read them already.
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This book attempts to mergre Asimov's two great series. (Foundation and the Daneel robot novels). In many places however it feels forced and unconvincing. I don't think Asimov had any intention of linkeing the series when he wrote them and this is aparent here.
The Good Doctor is still however incapable of writing a bad novel, his worst (like this one) being merely competently entertaining.
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After reading the original foundation trilogy was eager to read the sequels but found them very disappointing. They are OK stories but not a patch on the original trilogy, worth reading for completion and had some interesting concepts but not as absorbing.
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This book is written in the exact same style as the first three and as such is a good book on its own. However it doesn't seem to fit with the original three. Since these additions to the series were in effect forced upon the author, I was expecting a simple continuation of the intellectual battles between characters of the first foundation and its enemies or perhaps some more on the intentions of the second foundation. However, where at first the foundation was a force mysteriously protected by the Seldon plan, and then it was demoted in intrigue by the second foundation, now in this one both foundations are reduced to triviality by newcomers on the scene. It forces the first three into a subservient position induced by this rather implausible plot development. That aside it is still full of the usual twist and turns and character development which are all so characteristic of asimov's style.
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After a hiatus of nearly 30 years, Asimov's next instalment in the Foundation Series feels like he never stopped writing. Fast-paced, with the usual last-minute plot-twists, this book will not disappoint Asimov and Sci-Fi fans alike.

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.
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The most completely absorbing book I have ever read - even after 3 readings.
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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