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Foundation's Edge (Foundation Series #4)
Other Format. Unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, the Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. With extraordinary vision they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women devoted to safeguarding humanity against an unyielding deluge of barbarism and warfare. At last, the costly and bitter war between the two Foundations has come to an end.
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 Earth. Meanwhile 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!
During his legendary career, Asimov penned pver books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. He died, at age of seventy-two, in April Date of Birth:.
enter site Prologue The First Galactic Empire was falling. It had been decaying and breaking down for centuries and only one man fully realized that fact. He was Han Seldon, the last great scientist of the First Empire, and it was he who perfected psychohistory-the science of human behavior reduced to mathematical equations.
The individual human being is unpredictable, but the reactions of human mobs, Seldon found, could be treated statistically. The larger the mob, the greater the accuracy that could be achieved. And the size of the human masses that Seldon worked with was no less than the population of all the inhabited millions of worlds of the Galaxy. Seldon's equations told him that, left to itself, the Empire would fall and that thirty thousand years of human misery and agony would elapse before a Second Empire would arise from the ruins.
And yet, if one could adjust some of the conditions that existed, that Interregnum could be decreased to a single millennium-just one thousand years. It was to insure this that Seldon set up two colonies of scientists that he called "Foundations. The existence of the other, the Second Foundation, a world of psychohistorical and "mentalic" scientists, was drowned in silence.
In The Foundation Trilogy, the story of the first four centuries of the Interregnum is told. The First Foundation commonly known as simply "The Foundation," since the existence of another was unknown to almost all began as a small community lost in the emptiness of the Outer Periphery of the Galaxy. Periodically it faced a crisis in which the variables of human intercourse-and of the social and economic currents of the time-constricted about it. In some sense, in fact, it is virtually irrelevant to the plot. At the same time, Asimov needed something to drive the action and that something was going to be yet another threat to the Seldon Plan.
The less than ideal destinies of mankind are represented by the two Foundations.
There are a number of levels at which this book can be discussed. On the whole, I was very pleased with it. The characters are not all terribly interesting. The two female characters, the Mayor of Terminus, and Bliss, a young Gaian woman robot? The other main characters are reasonably well-drawn but, as I say, not terribly interesting. Different regions are shown to have their own dialects, local ideas and customs intrude, superstition dominates a part of the book.
The Second Foundation is shown to be run by human beings, who can be just as petty and uninspiring as anybody else.