- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager (May 30 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061056405
- ISBN-13: 978-0061056406
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3.2 x 18.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #398,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Foundation & Chaos Mass Market Paperback – May 30 2000
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"EXCITING AND WELL WRITTEN."
-- Publishers Weekly
"Exciting and well written." --" Publishers Weekly""Brings out the complexities of a galactic empire that Asimov never filled out." --" Denver Post"
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Isaac Asimov's renowned Foundation Trilogy pioneered many of the familiar themes of modern science fiction and shaped many of its best writers. With the permission and blessing of the Asimov estate, the epic saga left unfinished by the Grand Master himself now continues with this second masterful volume....
With Hari Seldon on trial for treason, the Galactic Empire's long-anticipated migration to Star's End is about to begin. But the mission's brilliant robot leader, R. Daneel Olivaw, has discovered a potential enemy far deadlier -- and closer -- than he ever imagined. One of his own kind.
A freak accident erases the basic commandments in humaniform robot Lodovik Trema's positronic brain. Now Lodovik's service to humankind is no longer bound by destiny, but by will. To ensure his loyalty, Daneel has Lodovik secretly reprogrammed. But can he be trusted? Now, other robots are beginning to question their mission -- and Daneel's strategy. And stirrings of rebellion, too, are infecting their human counterparts. Among them is a young woman with awesome psychic abilities, a reluctant leader with the power to join man and robot in a quest for common freedom ... or mutual destruction.See all Product description
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Asimov's not-so-great idea of unifying his disparate storylines is carried to further depths with this Second Foundation trilogy, at least so far. Brought to you by writers who are allegedly the best in the field, they would seem ideally suited to carrying Asimov's torch.
Unfortunately, Gregory Benford's first volume made a hash of it, introducing cyberspace and two extremely annoying characters in the form of simulated Joan of Arc and Voltaire intelligences. In this book, Greg Bear gets the credit for cleaning up some of the mess. Here he brings to the fore a couple of interesting characters in the forms of extremely powerful telepaths. They foreshadow an important character in one of Asimov's original novels, representing the Chaos that threatens Seldon's theories. One of these characters has interesting potential, along with the novel's subplots involving competing robot conspiracies and yet even more imperial palace intrigues. But the whole thing ends with a whimper, disappointing by the standards established by both Asimov and Bear in their own books.
This book was an improvement over "Foundation's Fear", but it still fell far short of what it could have been. The decline of an empire of galactic proportions offers fertile ground for story-telling, but these books have squandered that potential. Good books keep you turning the pages to see what is going to happen next, and it makes you care what happens to its characters. This book, like its predecessor, was dull and I had to push myself to get through it. I rate it a weak three stars.
The story is very well fleshed-out and the plot (and plotting) are excellent, including the political aspects. (After all, Hari Seldon always operated in the sphere of the political regime). I highly recommend it. It makes slogging my way through the first book in the new trilogy (which I was not as thrilled with) well worth the effort. Foundation and Chaos also ties in very nicely with the events from the Part I section of the original 1951 Foundation novel and fills in a lot of gaps as well as keeping the wonderful Robots-Foundation combination story going. We also get a little taste of what the events in Asimov's Foundation and Earth foreshadowed.
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