Foundation's Edge: The Foundation Novels by Isaac AsimovFoundation's Edge: The Foundation Novels by Isaac Asimov

Foundation's Edge: The Foundation Novels

byIsaac Asimov

Mass Market Paperback | October 1, 1991

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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 retum to Hari Seldon's long-established plan to build a new Empire that the Second Foundation is not destroyed after all-and that its still-defiant survivors are preparing their revenge. Now the two exiled citizens of the Foundation-a renegade Councilman and the doddering historian-set out in search of the mythical planet Earth. . .and proof that the Second Foundation still exists. Meanwhile someone-or something-outside of both Foundations sees 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!
Isaac Asimov began his Foundation Series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned pver 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction saga...
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Title:Foundation's Edge: The Foundation NovelsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 6.87 × 4.17 × 1.03 inPublished:October 1, 1991Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great addition to the universe ! I was hesitant to pick up this book but ended up picking it up on a whim and ended up loving it! I really enjoyed the characters and how the adventure unfolded in a very "Asimov" way. I highly recommend this book if you've read the rest of the Foundation books and Robot books and want another book that cleverly starts to tie it all together. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Asimov A very enjoyable return to the Foundation novels for Asimov.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the wait I waited for this book for years when I was young. And it definitely was worth the wait.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant "Foundations Edge" is the tale of an exiled Foundation Councilman and his appointed historian partner as they search to uncover the Second Foundation. It is the first of two books that depict Golan Trevize, being followed by "Foundation and Earth" Councilman Golan Trevize fears that the efforts of their predecessor's were not successful in destroying the Second Foundation, and is sent along with historian Janov Pelorat upon a state of the art ship named the "Far Star" to investigate under the guise of searching for Earth. Following several hunches and historical data compiled by Pelorat, the duo aim their sights on the uncharted planet Gaia. Meanwhile, the Second Foundation is lured to Gaia as well, noting that something seems to be altering the plan of Hari Seldon in order to make it run to perfection. This alerts Stor Gendibal to a new threat, and he travels out to Gaia in order to protect the plan. The culmination of the two story lines ends with Golan Trevize being forced to make the decision which will alter the course of humanity, and not even the power of the Second Foundation can stop it. All in all this is another great novel by a Science Fiction master. A must read for any Asimov fan, or any reader of the genre in general.
Date published: 2008-11-12

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PrologueThe 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." With deliberate intention, he set them up "at opposite ends of the Galaxy." The First Foundation, which centered on physical science, was set up in the full daylight of publicity. 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. Its freedom to move lay along only one certain line and when it moved in that direction, a new horizon of development opened before it. All had been planned by Han Seldon, long dead now.The First Foundation, with its superior science, took over the barbarized planets that surrounded it. It faced the anarchic warlords who broke away from the dying Empire and beat them. It faced the remnant of the Empire itself under its last strong Emperor and its last strong general-and beat it.It seemed as though the "Seldon Plan" was going through smoothly and that nothing would prevent the Second Empire from being established on timeand with a minimum of intermediate devastation..But psychohistory is a statistical science. Always there is a small chance that something will go wrong, and something did-something which Han Seldon could not have foreseen. One man, called the Mule, appeared from nowhere. He had mental powers in a Galaxy that lacked them. He could mold men's emotions and shape their minds so that his bitterest opponents were made into his devoted servants. Armies could not, would not, fight him. The First Foundation fell and Seldon's Plan seemed to lie in ruins.There was left the mysterious Second Foundation, which had been caught unprepared by the sudden appearance of the Mule, but which was now slowly working out a counterattack. Its great defense was the fact of its unknown location. The Mule sought it in order to make his conquest of the Galaxy complete. The faithful of what was left of the First Foundation sought it to obtain help.Neither found it. The Mule was stopped first by the action of a woman, Bayta Darell, and that bought enough time for the Second Foundation to organize the proper action and, with that, to stop the Mule permanently. Slowly they prepared to reinstate the Seldon Plan.But, in a way, the cover of the Second Foundation was gone. The First Foundation knew of the Second's existence, and the First did not want a future in which they were overseen by the mentalists. The First Foundation was the superior in physical force, while the Second Foundation was hampered not only by that fact, but by being faced by a double task: it had not only to stop the First Foundation but had also to regain its anonymity.This the Second Foundation, under its greatest "First Speaker," Preem Palver, managed to do. The First Foundation was allowed to seem to win, to seem to defeat the Second Foundation, and it moved on to greater and greater strength in the Galaxy, totally ignorant that the Second Foundation still existed.It is now four hundred and ninety-eight years after the First Foundation had come into existence. It is at the peak of its strength, but one man does not accept appearances--