Second Foundation
  • Second Foundation
  • Second Foundation
ISBN: 0553293362
EAN13: 9780553293364
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 1, 1991
Pages: 279
Dimensions: 0.94" H x 6.85" L x 4.17" W
Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Format: Mass Market Paperbound


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Book Overview

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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   Good read
Good read for the science fiction fan. Older frame of reference but one that helps you recall what we thought of the future back in the 70s.
   Amazing science fiction for any real fan of the genre
Amazing science fiction for any real fan of the genre. Nobody will do anything about it, even if they think they can do it justice. This is a must read.
   Given that the Foundation trilogy is over 50 years old ...
Given that the Foundation trilogy was over 50 years old, it stands up well. Of course the premise still disturbs me, but that is not dependent on the time since publication.
   My fourth or fifth reading.
As a long time reader and fan, it is time to re-read the Foundation series in order, unlike the first time. I must say that my interest lessens as the mentalics increase. My favorite Asimov novel is The Robots of Dawn.
   Ages Wekk
For a novel written over 55 years ago, it ages pretty well. The central theme is still as compelling as when Asimov came up with it, even with all the other and sometimes inconsistent material written since, e.g., The Second Foundation Trilogy.
   Still intrigued
Second Foundation wasn't as good as the original, but I'm still intrigued and it makes me want to finish the series.
   It gets better
Like many reviewers, I reread the original three volume Foundation novels in anticipation of the new TV series. I read all three volumes more than 50 years ago and almost forgot everything. Many reviewers say the first volume was tedious because of the clumsy aggregation of a collection of short stories. The criticism of its misogyny is also warranted. The writing quality improved from the first to the second and more to the third volume. Three women play critical roles in the second and third volumes. Perhaps Asimov took notice of the criticism of the lack of women in the first work and made a needed adjustment. Overall, there is too much tedious dialog in all three volumes, but it is handled well in the third one, "Second Foundation." I enjoyed revisiting this work after so many years, Raymond said. However, I found the TV version to be a very disappointing and disorganized mishmash that put me to sleep and a poor representation of the work.
I'm not sure when F&E was published, but I believe I read it at least 55 years ago. I've been afraid to pick it up again because I was scared I would remember the story. Except for the ending where the location of the second foundation and the identity of the First Speaker were revealed, I had forgotten all. A great book, I only hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Now I will probably return to other Asimov works, as well as Heinlein and one standout called Neuromancer.
   A reasonably good story, but not particuarly entertaining
I've not completed the original trilogy. Glad I did, as it gives me a good exposure to the author. I compare writing to my personal favorites, such as Frank Herbert & Edgar Rice Burroughs, and find this trilogy lacking. Environmental and character development are minimal. Part of that can be attributed to the time-frame covered by the story, however the original Dune series shows that huge time periods can be covered, and characters much better developed. It's just that I read SciFi for entertainment, not for lessons. The Foundation series appears to be a human study of Charles Darwin's theories of evolution. In that line, it's certainly a superb work. It's just not what I am looking for, Tunick said. Compared with almost every other country in the world.
   Text is Unreadably Small
The story is excellent. But this particular printing has so little text that even the most discerning eye can't read it. A capital T letter is just 2mm tall, or 5.67 pt. Legal disclaimers are 8pt, and 10pt is considered the smallest comfortable to read size for text. If you find one, I would strongly recommend that you try again.