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Second Foundation (1953)

by Isaac Asimov

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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 |
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.

*From the Paperback edition.*

### From the Inside Flap

So far the Foundation was safe. But there was a hidden Second Foundation to protect the first. The Mule has yet to find it, but he was getting closer all the time. The men of the Foundation sought it, too, to escape from Mule's mind control. Only Arkady, a 14 year-old girl seemed to have the answer, or did she...?

*From the Paperback edition.*

### About the Author

Isaac Asimov began his Foundation Series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned pver 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decasdes. He died, at age of seventy-two, in April 1992. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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The third in the Folio volumes, I paid particular attention to the vivid illustrations, done in bright colors in a bold cartoon style. The mule finds the Second Foundation, but is undone, allowing, by a momentary lapse of his mental guard, the First Speaker to alter his mind, convincing him that the Second Foundation did not exist. Five years later, the original Foundation on Terminus is powerful again, but there are some of the scientists who are developing an advanced science of electroencephalography, finding evidence of Second Foundation tampering with brain patterns, and eventually developing a device that protects individuals from mind alteration. They think they have found and eliminated the Second Foundation because they round up about 50 individuals working on Terminus. They are also able to win a conventional war with a local despot, without any mental help. The Seldon plan is thus saved, because the Foundation recovers its courage and does not expect help from the Second Foundation, now revealed as farmers on Trantor. In a brave move for a science fiction author, the main heroic character is an adolescent girl, and her character is not overwhelmingly a sexist stereotype. The book was published in 1953, and there is imagined a computerized mapping and navigation device. ( )
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Foss, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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