Much better than the disappointing "Foundation's Fear", the first volume of the second trilogy. If you enjoyed Asimov's Foundation novels, you will very probably enjoy "Foundation and Chaos". Greg Bear clearly immersed himself in Asimov's treatment of the Foundation universe much more thoroughly than Benford did. Of course Bear is not Asimov and does not try to be; the Asimovian context is just the background for Bear's ideas; but nevertheless the characters, plot, and development are all consistent with Asimov's conception.
"Foundation and Chaos" does refer to some incidents in "Foundation's Fear", and the 'sim' characters of Voltaire and Joan of Arc are still present, but I think you would miss nothing important if you skipped "Foundation's Fear" altogether and started the 'post-Asimov' Foundation books with this one.
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