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Foundation's Edge [Kindle Edition]

Isaac Asimov
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Now, 498 years after its founding, the Foundation seemed to be following the Seldon Plan perfectly. Too perfectly. Now an impossible planet -- with impossible powers -- threatens to upset the Seldon Plan for good unless two men, sworn enemies, can work together to save it!


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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 return 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!

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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!

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  • File Size: 1484 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reissue edition (February 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EY7JC6
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My personal favorite of the Foundation series September 6, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've tried reading some of the newer SF authors and some of them, especially in the last several years, have turned out to be surprisingly excellent. Nevertheless I keep returning to the old masters with whom I grew up.
You know which three. Just so you know where I'm coming from: I've always been primarily a Heinlein fan and Asimov was a close second; although I've read Clarke I never really got into him too much. (Among SF writers since that time, my main loyalties have been to Spider Robinson and James Hogan, and among the _really_ recent ones I've been especially impressed by China Mieville, Richard Morgan, Neal Stephenson, and Robert Sawyer.)
Of the big three, Asimov undoubtedly had the highest literary output as measured in sheer wordage. I've been of the opinion for several years now that the only reason the Good Doctor stopped writing is that somebody went and told him he'd died. I have my own views about what parts of his output were of the highest quality, but there's little doubt that the Foundation series (not a "trilogy"; it was originally published as a series of short stories and novellas) is among his best known.
(He's also known, of course, for his famous robot stories. Long before the current generation of cyberwriters started screaming mouthlessly and crashing snowily, Asimov was writing compelling tales of mechanical intelligence on the presumption that such technology was on _our_ side. And like Heinlein -- and with just as little credit among modern writers -- he anticipated the recent explosion in information technology. For Heinlein, see especially _Friday_; for Asimov, drop by Trantor and visit the Galactic Library.)
He had secured his place in SF history fifty years before his death.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Asimov pulls it all together January 2, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you've already formed an opinion about Isaac Asimov's writing, FOUNDATION'S EDGE isn't likely to change your mind. The book has all of Asimov's earmarks, both good and bad: wooden characters who almost always know exactly how they feel and say exactly what they mean; dialogue-heavy scenes in which the exchanges are drenched with ideas and cerebral analysis but almost devoid of emotion or neurosis; an inventive setting replete with plausible details; and a propulsive, energetic plot that delivers lots of suspense and surprises. I already liked Asimov before I picked up the book, and it certainly didn't disappoint me, but it's not going to convert anybody who only wants to read about nuanced characters making subtle self-discoveries.
Because the plot is one of the book's best features, to say too much about it would spoil the fun for too many readers, so I'll limit myself to one of its most interesting aspects, which is that it attempts to tie together a number of Asimov's works. Without giving too much away, it's fair to say that part of the book's project is to meld the fictional "universes" of the Robot stories, the Empire novels, and THE END OF ETERNITY with that of the FOUNDATION trilogy. Many Asimov fans have derided this decision, claiming that it marks the beginning of his decline as a science fiction writer. For myself, while I can't say that I find the attempt at retrofitting fictional consistency onto highly disparate works to be particularly compelling or convincing, I do find it interesting. Consider that Asimov was an atheist, who argued that in the absence of any persuasive evidence of a Supreme Being (of which he could find none), it was more rational to believe in God's nonexistence than in His existence.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new direction for the Foundation series February 18, 2002
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Foundation's Edge is chronologically the sixth book in the Foundation series. The events here take place about two hundred years after those in the novel Second Foundation. The book introduces a surprising new element into Asimov's fictional universe.
Essentially, a couple key people in the First Foundation realize that the Second Foundation survives and is likely still guiding the First Foundation in following the Seldon Plan. Mayor Branno of Terminus sends the young politician Golan Trevize out to attempt to draw the Second Foundation's attention and thus bring them out of hiding.
At the same time, Stor Gendibal of the Second Foundation believes that things are going too smoothly and that some third party may be directing humanity's course, even to the extent of controlling the Second Foundation! He is also aware of Trevize's mission (through a secret agent on Terminus) and thinks that Trevize is headed for a rendezvous with this other organization. So Gendibal sets out to pursue Trevize and to hopefully locate this sinister controlling entity.
Some very surprising information is revealed in the last couple chapters of the book. To fully appreciate the revelations, you should read the four-book Robot series prior to reading Foundation's Edge. In addition, Asimov makes a couple references to the third Empire novel "Pebble In The Sky". Therefore, I recommend first reading the Robot series, then the Empire series (three books), and finally the seven Foundation novels. This will give you Asimov's complete vision in chronological order.
Overall I enjoyed Foundation's Edge and liked the new characters it introduced. It's a fairly long read but the pace picks up when the plot lines begin converging about two-thirds of the way through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic sci-fi
Asimov is great. I grew up with him, I love his books, and his contributions to the genre cannot be overstated. I have to begin with that. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Justin R. Powers-luhn
4.0 out of 5 stars Foundation are still strong.
It is many years since I read Asimov's Foundation series and I am enjoying them again on the Kindle platform. ISAAC is the master of plots snd subplots with a twist in the tail.
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story in the grand tale.
You will notice slight differences in the style of later Asimov books, but I am so impressed with his ability to link so many of his stories in the same universe. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Bradley J Goff
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A continuation of the Foundation Series, not the one to start with. Start with original trilogy
Published 14 days ago by PJ Ponder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item as described.
Published 15 days ago by George C. Rankin
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Asimov and foundation, good stuff
Published 19 days ago by wfm
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the original Foundation series
I loved the original Foundation series. And this book was a beautiful extension and expansion of earlier ideas and new speculations consistent with the way science was developing... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joseph M. Firestone
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Asimov is the master of Sci-Fi.
Published 1 month ago by Leslie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not the best of Asimov's.
Published 1 month ago by BAICI MARCO
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful read for fans of the Foundation Trilogy
A very thought provoking continuation of the original Foundation Trilogy. I look forward to following up on the additional stories listed in the epilogue
Published 1 month ago by S. Aldrich
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