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  • 500 pages
  • Foundation and Earth
  • Isaac Asimov
  • English
  • 19 August 2018
  • 0553587579

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Foundation and EarthI loved the first 3 foundation novels But this one, and to a lesser but still significant extent, the previous one, were awful.Have you seen the first season of the tv show 24 It follows various characters through 24 straight hours of an action packed day Jack Bauer, the main character, is doing whatever the main plot of the season is, saving the president or whatever.All the while, as filler, other things are happening The worst of all are the ridiculous storylines following his daughter, wh I loved the first 3 foundation novels But this one, and to a lesser but still significant extent, the previous one, were awful.Have you seen the first season of the tv show 24 It follows various characters through 24 straight hours of an action packed day Jack Bauer, the main character, is doing whatever the main plot of the season is, saving the president or whatever.All the while, as filler, other things are happening The worst of all are the ridiculous storylines following his daughter, which are shoehorned in just to fill time and to give roundabout excuses for why sometimes Jack has to do things that no rational person would ever do, if they didn t have a child in trouble.At one point during one of the seasons, his daughter is hiking through the desert and gets caught in a bear trap and is being stalked by a mountain lion.Well, that is pretty much exactly what this entire book is Jack Bauer s daughter, caught in the desert, being stalked by a mountain lion For no reason, except to be used as a plot device later.BUT what makes this even WORSE, is that there IS no actual plot going on at the same time, and this book ENDS THE SERIES.It s as if the whole 24 episodes of the series were of Jack s Daughter caught in a bear trap, while Jack is off doing something that suddenly we aren t being told anything about.At the end of the last book, Asimov completely invalidates the hero of this series, which is psychohistory and The Plan, by mind controlling everyone involved I was waiting, hoping, through this book that at some point, they would undo that damage and get back on track But they didn t, they just made it worse.Not only did they just decide to cancel the plan based on one man s claimed rightness , they never even explore or explain or, god forbid, TEST this rightness at any point Just for some reason that no one knows, this one guy is magically right about things Even though he is actually wrong about other things all the time At least the character has the good sense to be suspicious about this magical rightness, and goes on a search on a completely unrelated quest which he rightly knows will lead him to some answers But it doesn t lead him to answers, it just leads him to the end of the story And it takes 500 pages to do it, and the only upside is that by that point I was soo desperate for the book to be over, that I wasable to accept whatever ending he wanted to give me.Oh, and another thing NOTHING HAPPENS IN THIS BOOK.Read the previous 4 books The plot will not have changed one iota from what it was at that point after you have read the 5th The completely unlikable characters go on a quest to determine whether their decision should stay the same And it does Bingo bango End of story.I don t know what I m saying any This book sucks Golan Trevize, former Councilman of the First Foundation, has chosen the future, and it is Gaia A superorganism, Gaia is a holistic planet with a common consciousness so intensely united that every dewdrop, every pebble, every being, can speak for all and feel for all It is a realm in which privacy is not only undesirable, it is incomprehensible But is it the right choice for the destiny of mankind While Trevize feels it is, that is not enough He must know Trevize believes the answer lies at the site of humanity s roots fabled Earth if it still exists For no one is sure where the planet of Gaia s first settlers is to be found in the immense wilderness of the Galaxy Nor can anyone explain why no record of Earth has been preserved, no mention of it made anywhere in Gaia s vast world memory It is an enigma Trevize is determined to resolve, and a quest he is determined to undertake, at any cost Original description here , A handful of brave souls trying to find humanity s ancestral home the Earth, to get answers to the mysteries of the history of the Galaxy At the beginning of this year part of my vague reading plan was to reread the original Foundation Trilogy then move on to the subsequent unread Foundation books that Asimov wrote during the 80s, 30 years after the last book of the trilogy, Second Foundation I never got around to reading these later volumes for reasons that I already explained in my review of Ouch, what a disappointment I had really enjoyed the plot and characters of Foundation s Edge and was looking forward to finishing up the series with this book Most of the books in the series have their flaws, but are generally pretty entertaining This final volume has a series of problems.The plot There is just enough plot here for a short story The crew is searching for earth Why I forget, and Asimov doesn t remind us, opting instead for pages and pages of unpleasant bickering between Ouch, what a disappointment I had really enjoyed the plot and characters of Foundation s Edge and was looking forward to finishing up the series with this book Most of the books in the series have their flaws, but are generally pretty entertaining This final volume has a series of problems.The plot There is just enough plot here for a short story The crew is searching for earth Why I forget, and Asimov doesn t remind us, opting instead for pages and pages of unpleasant bickering between the characters and inexplicably, lots of talk about sex I am no Puritan, but I don t think sex appears at all in the other six books.The characters Golan Trevize, who was an intrepid and innovative explorer in Edge , here is really unappealing He is rude to his friend, nasty to Bliss, and downright cruel to a child called Follum Pelorat is as arcane and boring as Asimov is as a writer in this book Bliss says the same things over and over They have no depth and only argue with each other through the long, long pages of the book.The planets they visit Is that all there is Is that the best Asimov could come up with The repetition Certain arguments and phrases are repeated over and over and over, and have nothing to do with the plot For example Bliss did you control my his mind That child Follum is a pain and I am Bliss but I am also I we Gaia We get it the first time, but Asimov repeats these same dialogues like a broken record.The inane dialogue In between the disappointing action scenes, which are few and far between, the characters speculate endlessly about unimportant things unrelated to the plot It is hard to get through these passages without skimming For example Is a hermaphrodite a male or a female The Seldon Plan It is hardly even mentioned.The ending Disappointed I do recommend most of the other books, but this one was a long, boring slog to a very drab letdown of an ending The last of the Foundation books in order of sequence and the best book of the series Reading about it online some people complain about the lack of an ending that satisfies questions brought up in the series but I think it ends splendidly I also felt that we have a great conclusion to the question of why Earth and Gaia, the purpose of the Seldon plan and what the Robots were doing and why I can t think of a better conclusion even 500 years before the end of the 1000 years promised us from The last of the Foundation books in order of sequence and the best book of the series Reading about it online some people complain about the lack of an ending that satisfies questions brought up in the series but I think it ends splendidly I also felt that we have a great conclusion to the question of why Earth and Gaia, the purpose of the Seldon plan and what the Robots were doing and why I can t think of a better conclusion even 500 years before the end of the 1000 years promised us from the beginning Gaia will continue to exert it s control until everything s unified and the galaxy will be able to hold itself against outside powers What else can Asimov say Some of the philosophy behind this one I ve seen in other works, questions on the perception of the universe creates the universe and the idea that the galaxy seems to have been made for man are ones I very much enjoyed If someone reads the entire series just to reach this point than it s a journey worth the effort So, the weakest part of the Foundation series is that Asimov s draws his characters so thinly, they might as well be cartoons Of course, when the story is spanning centuries and the main character is civilization itself, you don t mind so much Unfortunately, Foundation and Earth is the worst of all possible worlds Instead of millenia, we get a month stuck on a spaceship with three people if you call a planetary consciousness inhabiting the mind of a sorority girl a person, that is who in th So, the weakest part of the Foundation series is that Asimov s draws his characters so thinly, they might as well be cartoons Of course, when the story is spanning centuries and the main character is civilization itself, you don t mind so much Unfortunately, Foundation and Earth is the worst of all possible worlds Instead of millenia, we get a month stuck on a spaceship with three people if you call a planetary consciousness inhabiting the mind of a sorority girl a person, that is who in theory are on a quest to find Earth, but seemintent on boring each other and us unfortunate readers trapped with them to tears Asimov even comments on how tedious the colloquies we get every time the ship departs from or approaches a planet are, which is really 90% of the story When not seated in their upright positions with their seat belts firmly fastened, our heroes are either aggravating or running from bureaucrats, dogs, telekinetic trannies, space STD s or killer moss Really, there are whole pages given over to the killer moss problem Weirdly, the idea of species entropy and decay seems like something right up Asimov s alley, but he seems bored, eschewing novelty for a chance to tour the locales of some of his earlier work like an aging rock band that only plays its faded greatest hits Finally, the thing about adding robots to the Foundation universe I love robots, robots are cool, but robots don t add a single thing to these stories Overall, it was great reading the original Foundation trilogy and would recommend them as required for any self respecting scifi fan The two later stories, not so much In fact, they ultimately tarnish all that came before it a clear derivation of the Seldon Plan as it was intended When I read I really enjoyed this book, and am in awe of the way that Asimov pulled all the threads together to link his Foundation, Empire and Robot novels I have read many of his books and this works to about 99%, as in there are a few temporal anomalies in the gathering together of his novels, but so few and so minor, it doesn t really count.Sadly with 500 years to go for the culmination of Seldon s plan or whatever will be replacing it say no, there are no books written by Asimov himself, or w I really enjoyed this book, and am in awe of the way that Asimov pulled all the threads together to link his Foundation, Empire and Robot novels I have read many of his books and this works to about 99%, as in there are a few temporal anomalies in the gathering together of his novels, but so few and so minor, it doesn t really count.Sadly with 500 years to go for the culmination of Seldon s plan or whatever will be replacing it say no, there are no books written by Asimov himself, or with the authorisation of his estate that continue the story If i m wrong , please correct me as I would be very interested to read on.That said I thoroughly enjoyed the book and may well re read the prequels now and the Asimov authorised Brin, Benford, Bear 2nd trilogy 4.5 StarsA good ending to the series I really liked the extended story in Book 4 5than 1 3, although of course, it was built up on the latter This book book 5 deals with conflicting ideas of the extremes that of oneness groupism and isolationism individualism Full of continuing mystery to the search for Planet Earth, the novel is complete adventure, as Asimov connects the series with his Robot series of titles.Somehow, although I did not find the ending excellent, it did satisfy 4.5 StarsA good ending to the series I really liked the extended story in Book 4 5than 1 3, although of course, it was built up on the latter This book book 5 deals with conflicting ideas of the extremes that of oneness groupism and isolationism individualism Full of continuing mystery to the search for Planet Earth, the novel is complete adventure, as Asimov connects the series with his Robot series of titles.Somehow, although I did not find the ending excellent, it did satisfy me at certain points, and was good enough Loved the idea of Gaia, and a certain subtle layer of the storyline, pointing to our own planet as an organism, possibly created by another set of beings , was indeed contemplative Lots of dialogues within the framework of the story takes several topics into consideration, and is food for thought to the reader.It was worth spending time reading the series till date Now onto the first of the prequels sometime soon I m about to read the prequels, but as of now, this is the worst of the 5 foundation books i ve read I ll start positive, and say I like the characters Looking back at the first foundation book, when you may only have 50 pages with a set of characters, and that 50 pages would be almost entirely devoted to weaving a complex plot, it certainly is a huge improvement so spend basically 1000 pages with the same set of characters, almost forming a buddy buddy situation in which I actually cared abou I m about to read the prequels, but as of now, this is the worst of the 5 foundation books i ve read I ll start positive, and say I like the characters Looking back at the first foundation book, when you may only have 50 pages with a set of characters, and that 50 pages would be almost entirely devoted to weaving a complex plot, it certainly is a huge improvement so spend basically 1000 pages with the same set of characters, almost forming a buddy buddy situation in which I actually cared about the characters Bliss was a good addition as well, because I felt she acted as great character foil for Golan when they argued The arguments also did a good job of exploring the themes of individuality and unity.Where this story was poor was the plot I didn t like the fact that Foundation s Edge took the plot beyond the Seldon Plan, but at least in that book the two foundations were a large part of the story, and the epic showdown at the end was well set up Here, they set out to look for Earth again for poorly justified reasons One could say Golan s opinion that he d find what he wanted to find was an acceptable reason because he s always right, but personally I never bought into that idea that he has some magical talent to be right Not to mention the fact that it was demonstrated to be wrong several times.And the idea of searching for Earth isn t what bugged me Originally, I found the concept of them stumbling upon our planet to be intriguing But to me, the book was devoid of anything interesting Certainly not enough to justify its 500 page length I mean it draaaged I ve come to view the Foundation series as a slow one, but that never bothered me because I still found it enjoyable and intriguing Here the story could progress for a long time without any discovery of interest being made, which may be the idea the characters were supposed to feel, but in other Foundation books it is what kept me hooked to reading them as the new information constantly unfolded.The ending was fairly poor as well Daneel Olivaw, I understand, is an important character in the greater Foundation universe, but still it just seemed so, lame I mean compare it to a book like Foundation and Empire, when it was revealed Magnifico was the Mule, and Asimov did such a good job of justifying it and making sense of it by looking at many oddities in the story Here, it was basically like Yeah, those few things that went in you favour, I helped you It concluded with Trevize siding with Galaxia, which was already decided in the previous book, making this story pretty much useless, except now we there s a freaky hermaphrodite child with transducer lobes who will now help steer the galaxy I also wished for a lotEarth, which maybe is unfeasible due to already established ideas in the Asimovian universe, but barely any discoveries were made which shed light on our world, which was disappointing Also, I criticize the end discovery of Golan I liked how he tried to use a flaw in psycohistory to justify Galaxia, as this actually was relevant to the Foundation story Unfortunately, the idea he came up with was the possible existence of aliens from other galaxies, something that wasn t hinted at or thought of until the last few pages Bullshit Overall, good characters, but they couldn t save this overlong book from being stale


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