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Foundation's edge de Isaac Asimov
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Foundation's edge (1982 original; edició 1982)

de Isaac Asimov

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Títol:Foundation's edge
Autors:Isaac Asimov
Informació:Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1982.
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I read this when it came out in the early 80s and picked up a first edition hardcover of it for $6 from my local used bookstore. I’m pretty sure I loved it when it came out. I was on the waiting list at our local library and got it within a few weeks of release. I really enjoyed reading and then rereading The Foundation Trilogy so I was looking forward to reading this one again.

Sadly, it didn’t stand up to the test of "my" time. There's a lot of sexism, typical of scifi, even though we're starting to get a little later on in time (1982). The female archetypes used are so pathetic. We have a manipulative, scheming woman who's always wrong; a power-hungry older woman who thinks she's always right; and two "girls" whose real strengths are not based on their gender/biology but on things outside their control. Wow, I didn't notice that as a child, which is just sad on my part. As a child, I devoured Asimov’s Foundation books, and also ones like Colossus (D F Jones), A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter Miller), and Friday (Heinlein). The stories were fast moving adventures, with lots of technology and crystal clear ideologies. I never really thought about what I was reading, but some of it I must have internalized. Reading with a more critical eye at a much later date, I'm surprised at a lot of the writing. Not all writers did this, so one can’t just say it was “the times.” But, many authors, especially science fiction ones, kept creating and recreating these stereotypes and philosophies. It’s no wonder we have things like “Gamergate” today.

The ending of this book also seemed to come out of nowhere in the final pages. And, it ended with a major hanging thread, explicitly meant as a hook for a sequel. Worse, the author's afterword was simply a tawdry hawking of his other books.

I did enjoy the opportunity to think about how well books survive over time. Science fiction books tend, in my opinion, to get dated very quickly, especially those with technological components. The whole Foundation series seems so “old-fashioned” now but at the time, it was at or beyond our scientific ken. Books like Neuromancer also fit into this. When it was published, it was trailblazing. But, I read it many years later, and the technology portions seemed quaint. On the flip side, the interpersonal relations, the human components, can go to great lengths in making a book timeless. I can still read books from the late 18th and early 19th century and relate to the people and activities in them (e.g. Ann Radcliffe, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Byron, Percy Shelley, etc.). ( )
  drew_asson | Dec 3, 2020 |
This is the first sequel to the original Foundation trilogy:

1988 Prelude to Foundation
1993 Forward the Foundation
1951 Foundation
1952 Foundation and Empire
1953 Second Foundation
1981 Foundation's Edge 1986 Foundation and Earth ( )
  RFBrost | Jul 8, 2020 |
one of the few Asimov stories with strong female characters. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
Golan Trevize is convinced the second Foundation is controlling events on the planet Terminus. Instead of having him imprisoned or executed for treason, Mayor Harla Branno sends him on a quest - find the second Foundation if you are so convinced it exists. I dare you. The catch is he cannot return until he finds evidence one way or another. To help him with this quest Trevize is assigned a partner, professor of Ancient History, Janor Pelorat. Only Pelorat has another motive. He wants to discover the mythical planet of Earth...which sets up the next book in the series.
Trevize and Pelorat discover the second Foundation does exist on the planet Trantor. Turns out, Trantor has similar fears about the first Foundation. So the battle of misconceptions starts. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Aug 24, 2019 |
I really had no idea how much Asimov's Robots/Empire/Foundation series would appeal to me. I'd heard of I,Robot and seen the movie, but beyond that I was completely clueless.

The Robots novels quickly ushered in a new love for reading I'd long since missed; a sense of adventure and wonder. Trying to schedule each day of the week to get at least a few chapters in. Seeing these scenes in my head as clear as day. Gladly being manipulated with great characters, twists and turns, and big questions.

I've never read a novelist who could make the events and story FEEL so big with such a small cast. Most epics require a massive cast and thousands of pages. Not so with Asimov. The themes present in the Robots books are so fundamental to the human spirit that it's impossible not be captivated; exploring ourselves, exploring the unknown. Emergence, fear and reliance on new technology. Philosophy. Religion. Psychology. History.

It's all so MASSIVE and Asimov makes it easy to follow every step of the way.

The Empire novels were fluff, but a nice palette cleanser before the Foundation novels.

I enjoyed the first three Foundation books, but this was on another level. You could tell he'd refined his writing over the 30 years inbetween Second Foundation and Foundation's Edge. This is a tremendous journey, with no real traditional antagonists, certainly not on the level of the mule.

Finally bringing back Robots into the story, the Three Laws of Robotics and Earth brought me even closer to the characters and I felt like I was an observer through humanity's most critical moments, throughout the cosmos and time itself.

Brilliant. Trevize, Gendibal, Sura Novi, Pelorat were fantastic characters, all with believable motivations. I read this in about 5 sittings and cannot wait to start Foundation and Earth. The Foundation series has already cemented itself as one of my all time favorites. ( )
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Now, 33 years later, Mr. Asimov has written a new Foundation book. And I am relieved to report that it is a worthy sequel in every way. As before, the First Foundation wields the power of the physical sciences and technology, and the Second Foundation has the power to cloud men's minds and predict mass behavior through the statistical insights of psychohistory. Also as before, the fate of all humanity is at stake as these mighty adversaries clash - and the focus is on the actions of a handful of people who are earnest and articulate and likable even when they do bad things (for what seem to them good reasons). Mr. Asimov gives us adversaries but no villains; this is future history portrayed as a great game. The danger of such a concept is that the reader will cease to care who wins or loses. Mr. Asimov sustains interest by keeping us guessing just which side each player represents. He writes much better than he did 33 years ago - yet he has lost none of the verve that he brought to this series when he and the galaxy were much younger. What more could one ask?
afegit per jimcripps | editaNew York Times, Gerald Jonas (Dec 19, 1982)
 
Rare is the author who can resume a story after a pause of three decades, but Asimov has never been predictable in anything but fecundity. This is his 260th book and one of his best. Given the master's past history, it may be a prelude to a pentalogy.
afegit per Shortride | editaTime, Peter Stoler (Nov 15, 1982)
 
After a slowish start, then, the rather talky narrative here develops into grippingly effective drama - with oodles of twisty-turny plot, an engaging cast, and some enjoyably mellow humor (Asimov whimsically manages to work in references to all his previous novels). A grandmasterly performance.
afegit per jimcripps | editaKirkus Reviews
 

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