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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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the Mule continues his hunt. Comes head to head with the Second Foundation, loses and never realizes it. After his demise, the First Foundation feels threatened and begins to try to hunt down the Second Foundation so as to be unrivaled. Through some tricky mindstuff, the Second Foundation, which is to be the true guardian of psychohistory, convinces the First Foundation that they have been destroyed. These three novels were written back in the 50's and they are just good vintage scifi. Simple, easy and yet extremely enjoyable. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
One must be a real sci-fi fan to slog through an Asimov book. I know that his ideas are revolutionary and others use words like "classic," "sci-fi template" and "brilliant." To me, his characters are rather flat, his plots bog down in ideas and are rather short on action. It's a little bit like a new food that your mother serves--you have to want to go there. I just couldn't finish this one, my third, and finally gave up on them all. I'd rather spend my time listening to something that intrigues me. Maybe, after a year or two I'll come back to Asimov, but not this year. ( )
  buffalogr | Sep 23, 2016 |
So many plot twists and turns. Each time I thought I'd figured it out, there was a twist and it turns out I was wrong and amazed that i hadn't seen the truth. Very well written book and fun to read. ( )
  thanbini | Jun 19, 2016 |
  MisaBookworm | Feb 2, 2016 |
The Foundation series (there are seven books in all though the three originals - _Foundation_, _Foundation and Empire_, and _Second Foundation_ - are the best of the series) is classic sci-fi and some of Asimov’s best. His characters are rather flat, his plots bog down in ideas and are rather short on action. That being said, these books can still thrill you if you’ve never read them and if you’re a sci-fi fan, you will probably love them. Asimov reminds us that history repeats itself and this a _Decline and Fall_ set in the future. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Asimov, Isaacprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Foss, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fruttero, CarloForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giralt, PilarTranslatorsecondary 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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