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  1. Luca Ambrosino Luca Ambrosino says:

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  2. Apatt Apatt says:

    First published in 1982 almost 30 years after the last volume of the iconic original Foundation Trilogy, namely Second Foundation, I was skeptical that Asimov would be able to maintain his mojo post the Golden Age of Science Fiction when he was publishing his most iconic sci fi stories and novels Of his 80s books I only read The Robots of Dawn which I thought was quite good but not in the same league as his 50s robot novels The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun Still, I liked it enough to rekin First published in 1982 almost 30 years after the last volume of the iconic original Foundation Trilogy, namely Second Foundation, I was skeptical that Asimov would be able to maintain his mojo post the Golden Age of Science Fiction when he was publishing his most iconic sci fi stories and novels Of his 80s books I only read The Robots of Dawn which I thought was quite good but not in the same league as his 50s robot novels The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun Still, I liked it enough to rekindle my interest in the Foundation series of which I have only read the original trilogy in my teens For some reason I neglected the series from the 4th volume onwards and to catch up I did not want to simply dive into it as it was decades ago since I read the previous books and I have gotten most of the background details So I reread the trilogy a couple of months ago and enjoyed it very much in spite of already knowing the major plot twists The Foundation saga remains quite potent after all these years Foundation s Edge is the 4th volume I speak of It is set 500 years after the establishment of the Foundation The Seldon Plan is going swimmingly and the First Foundation is at the peak of its strength having dominated all the neighboring planets through its superior technology and military might The people of the Foundation believe that the threat from the mind controlling Second Foundation has been eliminated and there is now only one Foundation, theirs Alas someone always shows up to rock the boat otherwise we would not have much of a story Enters one Golan Trevize, a Council member and an original thinker a dangerous combination It occurs to Trevize that the Seldon Plan has been going too well of late and there is surely something wrong when things are just too right It is unnatural for things to always go according to plan, some deviations must occur Trevize believes this is an indication that the Foundation is being surreptitiously controlled by puppet masters from the dreaded Second Foundation who will ensure the Seldon Plan reaches fruition and then step in as lord and masters Voicing such a controversial idea turns out to be unwise as he is summarily kicked off the planet Terminus home of the Foundation with a secret mission to locate the Second Foundation in order for the First to do away with them once and for all Many surprises ensue.In spite of not being action packed as such, I find Foundation s Edge to be a gripping page turner The plot tends to move through dialogue rather than narration Every page seems to be stuffed with dialogue as characters are always discussing or arguing about something The climax is also played through dialogue This is a surprisingly effective method of storytelling as the book is never dull Asimov writes reasonably good dialogue, but his characters do have a tendency to belabor their points at times Asimov s major strengths are his epic ideas, world building and plot these are the reason he is one of the most popular sci fi authors of all time possibly the most popular His world building here is better than ever, I particularly love the telepathic society and culture of the Second Foundation on Trantor and the strange people of Gaia It is also lovely to see the robots and their Three Laws worked into the Foundation universe, plus a clever explanation for the absence of aliens in the Foundation universe.Asimov is often criticized for his utilitarian prose and thin characters the same criticisms leveled toward most Golden Age authors While he was no Dickens or Oscar Wilde in term of prose, characterization and dialogue I find these criticisms a little unfair His prose is not extraordinary, but it is uncluttered and very readable, it is never clumsy or semi literate he never insults the readers intelligence His dialogue is often full of amusing witty banter and sardonic remarks As for his characters, while some of the supporting characters are indeed flat his central characters and protagonists are often memorable After decades away from his books I still remember very well Hari Seldon, The Mule, Susan Calvin from I Robot , Elijah Baley and R Daneel Olivaw from several robot novels As for Foundation s Edge s characters, Golan Trevize, and several lead characters are quite vivid and memorable also In contrast I can not remember a single character from Arthur C Clarke s books except Hal 9000 and Dave Bowman no disrespect to Sir Arthur though, he has his own brand of greatness The climax of Foundation s Edge is just wonderful and the epilogue leads nicely to the next book Foundation and Earth Asimov always seems to enjoy telling his Foundation stories tremendously and his enjoyment is infectious Can t wait


  3. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Foundation s Edge Foundation Publication Order 4 , Isaac Asimov Foundation s Edge 1982 is a science fiction novel by American writer Isaac Asimov, the fourth book in the Foundation Series It was writtenthan thirty years after the stories of the original Foundation trilogy, due to years of pressure by fans and editors on Asimov to write another, and, according to Asimov himself, the amount of the payment offered by the publisher It was his first novel to ever land on The New York Ti Foundation s Edge Foundation Publication Order 4 , Isaac Asimov Foundation s Edge 1982 is a science fiction novel by American writer Isaac Asimov, the fourth book in the Foundation Series It was writtenthan thirty years after the stories of the original Foundation trilogy, due to years of pressure by fans and editors on Asimov to write another, and, according to Asimov himself, the amount of the payment offered by the publisher It was his first novel to ever land on The New York Times best seller list, after 262 books and 44 years of writing Foundation s Edge won both the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1983 and the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 1983, and was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1982.Five hundred years after the establishment of the Foundation, the Mayor of Terminus, Harla Branno, is basking in a political glow, her policies having been vindicated by the recent successful resolution of a Seldon Crisis Golan Trevize, a former officer of the Navy and now a member of Council, believes the Second Foundation which is almost universally thought to be extinct still exists and is controlling events He attempts to question the continued existence of the Seldon Plan during a Council session and Branno has him arrested on a charge of treason Branno also believes that the Second Foundation still exists and is in control, but she cannot admit it publicly for political reasons, and treats that as a state secret, hence her alarm and her swift action 1395 1373 520 20


  4. Clouds Clouds says:

    Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books, 6 of which I d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and beca Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books, 6 of which I d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father As such these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life so farFoundation s Edgewon the Locus Sci Fi award in 1983, finishing ahead ofThe Golden Torcsequel to the previous year s winner ,2010the sequel to Arthur C Clarke s classic2001andThe Crystal Singerthe first in what, my wife and Mother assure me, is a fine Ann McCaffrey trilogy to name just three.I ve read the Foundation series twice in my life, andFoundation s Edgewas one of the six winning books I had previously read before I began my Locus Quest.The first time I read the Foundation series as an awe struck pre teen, I d have instantly given the whole series a 5 star review it was a story that became a foundation stone excuse the pun of my love for sci fi Let s get this out of the way Asimov s Foundation series is required reading for anyone withthan a passing interest in science fiction If you ve not read it yet, put it on your list Returning to Asimov in my mid twenties I was expecting to be disappointed Some issues are unavoidable much of the characterisation is shallow and doesn t develop far and there series as a whole tends to repeat plot devices with surface variations but overall I was pleasantly surprised Asimov tends to remind me H.G Wells That may sound extreme consideringThe Time Machinewas written in the 1890s whileFoundation s Edgewas released in the 1980s, but the Foundation series was conceived back in the 50s Wells and Asimov may represent the best of pre WW1 and post WW2 sci fi, but their formative cultures havein common with each other than post 2012 audiences.To me, their stories are now are charming combination of dated ideals and visionary speculation This is one of the few Foundation novels which can stand alone, so I can heartily recommend it to all not just fans of the series.I m no longer blown away as I once was, but it s still a very enjoyable read After this I read Ilium


  5. Denisse Denisse says:

    Asimov surrounds me everytime I read his books This time he workedon the characters and their interactions, which made the book evenfluent to enjoy The writing style is still very simple, so even when the plot gets dense it doesn t bother and everything Asimov has to say about the Universe, the human race, our minds as a group or a single person is so fascinated to me A very special book about balance, our decisions and how important they are Second favorite behind Foundation I Asimov surrounds me everytime I read his books This time he workedon the characters and their interactions, which made the book evenfluent to enjoy The writing style is still very simple, so even when the plot gets dense it doesn t bother and everything Asimov has to say about the Universe, the human race, our minds as a group or a single person is so fascinated to me A very special book about balance, our decisions and how important they are Second favorite behind Foundation I really enjoyed this continuation En una epoca extra a e imprevisible, nos aferrramos con miedo al pasado. Lo m s page turner de Asimov que he le do hasta ahora La trilog a de la Fundaci n original es m s seria, por decirlo de un modo, con Los Limites de la Fundaci n se divierte m s sin dejar su estilo y sin arriesgar la trama Hay personajes m s activos, di logos m s fluidos y un misterio m s interesante Digamos que solo deja de meterse tanto con los problemas sociales y nos adentramos m s a una aventura espacial mientras el Plan de Hari Seldon est a mitad de camino.Como siempre, este Plan se ve amenazado por alguna disputa y o pensamiento desviado y ahora para prevenir la cat strofe se debe enderezar el camino Y como siempre, la resoluci n final es contundente, imaginativa e ingeniosa al mismo tiempo, lo que hace del libro una experiencia incre ble de forma redondaLo unico que debe hacer es mirarse atentamente a si mismo y entendera a todos los demas Otro gran detalle son las dos grandes referencias a otros libros del autor, te hablan sobre el pasado prehist rico del Primer Imperio Gal ctico y te pica la curiosidad por leer esos otros vol menes de los cuales ya tengo uno yei En general, esta cuarta entrega de la serie trata m s acerca de lo que escapa a ambas Fundaciones, su raz n de ser y su papel en la historia Ha sido muy interesante y te deja con muchas ganas de leer Fundaci n y Tierraes una pena que no lo encontrara en la Feria del Libro Espero lo traigan pronto Recomendado para quienes disfrutaron la trilog a principal Si hubieramos esperado hasta que la seguridad fuese doble y triple y cuadruple e infinitamente grande, habriamos esperado siempre


  6. Adrian Adrian says:

    Although written much later than the original Foundation trilogy, this book in my opinion is on a par with them Not only is it a great story, well written as ever by Asimov, but after having read the Foundation novels, the Robot novels and the Empire novels some many times , you realise how cleverly this book starts to bring everything together the way Asimov intended.


  7. ttrygve ttrygve says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This was, like its predecessors, an enjoyable story I enjoyed the premise for it, the pacing, and even the characterization is very much improved over the earlier Foundation novels however little that may be saying.But I cannot review this book without spoiling it So read no further if that bothers you.The real shortcoming is that Asimov abandons at the very end the first two foundations to have yet a third organization secretly pull strings from behind a curtain I get that they re benevo This was, like its predecessors, an enjoyable story I enjoyed the premise for it, the pacing, and even the characterization is very much improved over the earlier Foundation novels however little that may be saying.But I cannot review this book without spoiling it So read no further if that bothers you.The real shortcoming is that Asimov abandons at the very end the first two foundations to have yet a third organization secretly pull strings from behind a curtain I get that they re benevolent, that s fine, but Asimov spent the first three books building up the predictive powers of psychohistory as thoroughly grounded in scientific fact and experimentation, and vetted and improved upon by the Second Foundation, only to tear it down in this book and say without a bit of explanation that it wasn t good enough to account for the growth rate of technology, despite the fact that that s a big part of what it had been designed specifically to do and had done just fine at thus far.But now we end up with yet a third organization working to construct a new second empire This one, like the second, also operates in secrecy in order to achieve its goals, and so again Asimov comes back to ignorance as a key to solving problems created by knowledge, and that just seems like a huge betrayal of the principles he seems to be trying to embrace He seems to have this split desire to deify science and the pursuit of knowledge in general most of the time, while embracing ignorance at other times It s just too incongruent, in that regard


  8. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    Sort of brick like sequel to the earlier Foundation books The sheer bulk of the book testifies to the difference in publishing between when Azimov wrote his original stories mostly first printed in magazines and later released as books and as a result far shorter But this was not all that had changed, the story testifies to a change in Azimov s thinking and vision The original stories were the product of post WWII USA there is an uncomplicated optimism about technology and in the values of Sort of brick like sequel to the earlier Foundation books The sheer bulk of the book testifies to the difference in publishing between when Azimov wrote his original stories mostly first printed in magazines and later released as books and as a result far shorter But this was not all that had changed, the story testifies to a change in Azimov s thinking and vision The original stories were the product of post WWII USA there is an uncomplicated optimism about technology and in the values of the USA, the far future as a result is the 1950s writ large with a generous splash of Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a degree of pessimism as the necessary sauce to sharpen the faith in those fundamental values.This book takes the Foundation idea in a slightly different direction by introducing a factor and the possibility of a factor outside of the original psychohistorical calculations made by Seldon Which rather renders the original stories superfluous The drive of late Azimov to completeness and neatness, tying all of his stories together into one superbundle is accomplished at the cost of the integrity and cleverness of those original stories from the 40s and 50s One can read and enjoy this book and the one that comes after it and as a pair they serve to tie the Foundation series back to the Bailey robot books More seriously Azimov s solutions in the 1980s are revealed to be thoroughly collectivist, he had moved a long way from his starting point


  9. Michael Campbell Michael Campbell says:

    For the past four years, I ve been reading one Foundation book a year I m not entirely sure why that is you would imagine I d forget a lot of what I read in the year between books However, every time I come back to this series, it feels like I read the previous book only yesterday At first I was skeptical of this one I read that he wrote this one decades after the third installment and was worried this was written just as a bit of fan service If that s true, this is the highest quality fan For the past four years, I ve been reading one Foundation book a year I m not entirely sure why that is you would imagine I d forget a lot of what I read in the year between books However, every time I come back to this series, it feels like I read the previous book only yesterday At first I was skeptical of this one I read that he wrote this one decades after the third installment and was worried this was written just as a bit of fan service If that s true, this is the highest quality fan service I ve ever read.Out of the four I ve read so far, this is the one that followsof the standard novel format the most One set of characters throughout the novel and doesn t time skip a generation or two at any point I really enjoyed the change of pace, because what a brilliant cast he put into this novel The plot twists were abundant and kept me guessing right up until the end In fact, I m still guessing after having read it I wish I d have readof his novels before reading this, because I know he ties up several series with this book Even without having read the other series, it felt fluid and well done Isaac Asimov is without a doubt, my favorite Hard Science Fiction author Every book I read by him cements that further A few years ago, I d have said Frank Herbert because of the extent to which Dune blew my mind That series dwindled immediately after the first installment All of the Foundation books have been as good, if not better than the first I might have to read the next Foundation book this year even


  10. Sarah Sarah says:

    16 5 Yay Finally an Asimov that I looked forward to picking up every night reading before bed I thought this was outstanding compared to Foundation and Foundation and Empire Asimov s dialogue was still awkward, but in the 29 years between the publication of Second Foundation and this book Asimov certainly improved his skills in writing believable dialogue for his characters Sometimes it felt like Trevize, or his travelling partner Janov Pelorat, were repeating their explanation of the si 16 5 Yay Finally an Asimov that I looked forward to picking up every night reading before bed I thought this was outstanding compared to Foundation and Foundation and Empire Asimov s dialogue was still awkward, but in the 29 years between the publication of Second Foundation and this book Asimov certainly improved his skills in writing believable dialogue for his characters Sometimes it felt like Trevize, or his travelling partner Janov Pelorat, were repeating their explanation of the situation needlessly and annoyingly , but I never found myself bored by the plot or the prose The relationship between Trevize and Pelorat was what made the book for me The hunt for the Second Foundation would not have been so enjoyable for them trapped together on a not humongous spaceship for weeks, or me if these characters hadn t interacted so well with each other When I finished this I was actually looking forward to starting Foundation and Earth immediately


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Foundation's Edge 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 on the ruins of the old But rumors persist that the Second Foundation is not destroyed after all and that its still defiant survivors are preparing their revenge Now two exiled citizens of the Foundation a renegade Councilman and a doddering historian set out in search of the mythical planet Earthd proof that the Second Foundation still existsMeanwhile someone or something outside of both Foundations seems 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

  • Paperback
  • 450 pages
  • Foundation's Edge
  • Isaac Asimov
  • English
  • 03 September 2019
  • 0553293389

About the Author: Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov was a Russian born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or editedthan 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards He has works published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System lacking only an entry in the 100s category of Philosophy.Asimov is widely considered a master of the science fiction genre and, along with Robert A Heinlein and Arthur C Clarke, was considered one of the Big Three science fiction writers during his lifetime Asimov s most famous work is the Foundation Series his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series, both of which he later tied into the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series to create a unified future history for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson He penned numerous short stories, among them Nightfall , which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time, a title many still honor He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.Most of Asimov s popularized science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms Examples include his Guide to Science, the three volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov s Chronology of Science and Discovery.Asimov was a long time member and Vice President of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly he described some members of that organization as brain proud and aggressive about their IQs He tookjoy in being president of the American Humanist Association The asteroid 5020 Asimov, the magazine Asimov s Science Fiction, a Brooklyn, NY elementary school, and two different Isaac Asimov Awards are named in his honor Isaac Asimov 2007, November 29 In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia Retrieved 21 50, November 29, 2007, from