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Second Foundation (1953)

by Isaac Asimov

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I think that I like Second Foundation and Foundation equally. Foundation and Empire is surely my least favorite of the trilogy. Second Foundation moved a lot faster than Foundation and Empire and was mostly one story, rather than a collection of short stories. Nevertheless, it didn't quite have the charm of Foundation. ( )
  CassandraT | Oct 10, 2014 |
This conatins what Asimov had thought was to be the final entries in the Foundation saga and details the search for the Second Founadtion, all that lay in the way of Galactice Empire by the Mule, mutant conqueror of the Foundation, and then by the reborn Foundation a couple of generations after the Mule's death. In the second part, the one with the cabal of Foundation citizens looking to destroy their rival Foundation we get some of the best writing of the entire series and one of his more interesting characters in the young Arkady Darrell. We also get the only front seat visit to a space battle in the series. Overall a satisfactory read ( )
2 vote JohnFair | Aug 9, 2014 |
Last read this trilogy as a teenager, it has aged well both in terms of the passage of time and, hopefully, slightly more mature tastes on my part. Although I don't find it a particularly profound meditation on free well, the law of large numbers, and the great man theory of history. Not sure if is intended to be, but it is a great story.

The trilogy really picks up with the introduction of the Mule in the second half of this book. It runs at a fast pace through the end of Second Foundation. At some point it has a slightly Scooby-Doo feel as successive masks are pulled off characters/plots. And ultimately it is a bit dehumanizing. Except for social psychologists (who seem a lot like economists) who end up in charge of the galaxy. Only fair. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
Arkady's stowaway plot closely mirrors Gibson's Chia story in Idoru. Unlike Gibson, however, Asimov isn't really good at writing about characters that do things other than fight.

The twists and turns of the plot fail to make themselves understood or even plausible.

Though the 2nd of the trilogy introduces a villain into the mix, the "enemy" of the third is not menacing, and even a little boring. But the ending is good on further reflection and satisfying in a weird anticlimactic way.

However, it's generally the weakest of the trilogy. ( )
1 vote Algybama | Oct 2, 2013 |
An intriguing conclusion to an intriguing trilogy. The explanation of what's been going on feels a little tacked on coming at the very end of the book, but it's a minor complaint. If you like sci-fi or are interested the psychology of civilizations, you really can't go wrong with these first three Foundation books. ( )
  wethewatched | Sep 24, 2013 |
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The First Galactic Empire had endured for tens of thousands of years.
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THE MULE It was after the fall of the First Foundation that the constructive aspects of the Mule's regime took shape.
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There is much more that the Encyclopedia has to say on the subject of the Mule and his Empire but almost all of it is not germane to the issue at immediate hand, and most of it is considerably too dry for our purposes in any case.
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Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. As unsurpassed blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women dedicated to preserving humanity's light in a galaxy plunged into a nightmare of ignorance and violence thirty thousand years long.

After years of struggle, the Foundation lies in ruins—destroyed by the mutant mind power of the Mule. But it is rumored that there is a Second Foundation hidden somewhere at the end of the Galaxy, established to preserve the knowledge of mankind through the long centuries of barbarism. The Mule failed to find it the first time—but now he is certain he knows where it lies.

The fate of the Foundation rests on young Arcadia Darell, only fourteen years old and burdened with a terrible secret. As its scientists gird for a final showdown with the Mule, the survivors of the First Foundation begin their desperate search. They too want the Second Foundation destroyed…before it destroys them.

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The Second Foundation meets the threat of a perilous mutant, only to face the challenge of the corrupt First Foundation for control of the galatic empire.

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