It is 498 years since the two Foundations came into existence - half-way through the Interregnum planned by Hari Seldon. The Second Foundation has once more successfully concealed its existence so that the laws of psychohistory can operate to usher in a new Empire ruled by the mental sciences. The Second Foundation is thought to be extinct.. ...
It is 498 years since the two Foundations came into existence - half-way through the Interregnum planned by Hari Seldon. The Second Foundation has once more successfully concealed its existence so that the laws of psychohistory can operate to usher in a new Empire ruled by the mental sciences. The Second Foundation is thought to be extinct...except by Councilman Golan Trevize. Trevize fears that the mysterious Second Foundation will bid for power once a new Galactic Empire is established. To prevent Trevize spreading alarm' the Mayor of Terminus exiles him to the abandoned ruins of Trantor. Accompanying Trevize is Janov Pelorat' Professor of Ancient History at the University of Terminus. Pelorat hopes to find on Trantor a clue to the location of the planet that gave birth to the human race. His belief in the existence of Earth is considered as far-fetched as Trevize's belief that the Second Foundation endures. But the truths discovered by both of them on Trantor are far stranger than they could have guessed.
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Asimov's plot devices are getting to be somewhat predictable, but this is nevertheless a good book, and recommended for anyone who enjoyed the original trilogy. There is one unexpected aspect to it: I don't want to give away too much, but the Seldon Plan ends up going way off course. I can't help but think that this is rather akin to Aurthur Conan Doyle offiing Sherlock Holmes because he wanted to write something else for a change. Foundation's Edge was written mainly because Asimov's publisher persistently badgered him for another Foundation novel, and he eventually gave in; it therefore seems reasonable to assume that Asimov deliberately derailed the Plan in order to avoid having to chronicle the rest of the thousand years of barabarism. Regardless of whether or not that assumption is correct, Asimov managed to make the twist work pretty well. I rather like the way the book ended. Also regardless of whether or not that assumption is correct, Foundation's Edge was, in fact, not the last Foundation novel to be written. The Foundation series, it seems, was just too popular to be laid to rest so easily. It didn't work for Doyle, either.
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