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Second Foundation (Foundation Novels) (original 1953; edition 1991)

by Isaac Asimov

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Title:Second Foundation (Foundation Novels)
Authors:Isaac Asimov
Info:Spectra (1991), Paperback, 279 pages
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Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov (1953)

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A circle has no end ... and then the shape of the Galaxy is like a double spiral .. so did I know the answer? Hmm.. not a bad guess. But that doesn't change this to be as entertaining and witty an end to the Foundation Trilogy as promised. All three of the original trilogy are just as much creditable today as must have been when first published. I am always humbled by Asimov's talent and his scientific foresight amazed me once more in terms of the technology described in this series. I am also intrigued by the psychologist, sociologist and historian Asimov once more by this last book of the trilogy. Cannot wait to read the other sequels and the prequel. :) ( )
  PsYcHe_Sufi | Jul 12, 2015 |
It wasn't enough that Psychohistory and Harry Seldon were transformed (respectively) from science and scientist to religion and prophet.

Now, the second foundation, which was supposed to be the "subtle manipulator" becomes an army of mind readers and magicians. Blah.

The character of the mule earns this one half a pity star, and rounding up, it gets two.

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It pisses me off that I loved this stunted drivel as a kid. So much of what's wrong with me is Asimov's fault. OK, and Heinlein's. ( )
  meekGee | Jul 6, 2015 |
This is an unabridged recording of The Second Foundation, written by Isaac Asimov and read by Dan Lazar. ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 23, 2015 |
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 ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 23, 2015 |
Hated it. Too long, full of common places: a non-transcendental demi-god as a hero, juvenile sex, a glorious, imperial past… ( )
  leandrod | Feb 10, 2015 |
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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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