- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (May 30 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061056391
- ISBN-13: 978-0061056390
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Foundation's Triumph Mass Market Paperback – May 30 2000
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"The three new 'Foundation' novels...are far more than just new pieces of the same story. They add up to a deeply affectionate work of literary deconstruction".
-- The New Yorker
"Will intrigue new readers and please veterans of both his own and Asimov's writing."--"Tulsa World"A satisfying and clever finale...An impressive, thought-provoking addition to Isaac Asimov's formidable legacy."--"Science Fiction Weekly"In the Second Foundation Trilogy, Gregory Benford, Greg Bear and now David Brin have conducted a lively exploration of the logical and ethical implications of Asimov's sprawling future history."--"Science Fiction Weekly"The three new 'Foundation' novels...are far more than just new pieces of the same story. They add up to a deeply affectionate work of literary deconstruction."--"The New Yorker
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Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy is one of the highwater marks of science fiction. The monumental story of a Galactic Empire in decline and a secret society of scientists who seek to shorten the coming Dark Age with tools of Psychohistory, Foundation pioneered many themes of modern science fiction. Now, with the approval of the Asimov estate, three of today's most acclaimed authors have completed the epic the Grand Master left unfinished.
The Second Foundation Trilogy begins with Gregory Benford's Foundation's Fear, telling the origins of Hari Seldon, the Foundation's creator. Greg Bear's Foundation and Chaos relates the epic tale of Seldon's downfall and the first stirrings of robotic rebellion. Now, in David Brin's Foundation's Triumph, Seldon is about to escape exile and risk everything for one final quest -- a search for knowledge and the power it bestows. The outcome of this final journey may secure humankind's future -- or witness its final downfall...See all Product description
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Later in his life, Asimov wrote several books that linked characters and events from his robot books to the Foundation series. This was, at best, a rather questionable idea. It took the role of robots and expanded it to completely outrageous proportions.
Now, we have the Second Foundation trilogy from Benford, Bear and Brin, and things have gotten totally out of control. Technological advances aside, imagine having a robot for a wife. I don't think so. Imagine computer simulations of historical personalities that escape and take on an intergalactic life of their own. I don't think so.
In this vein, Brin's book goes much farther than the previous two. Once Asimov's revered genius, Brin puts Hari into the role of the ultimate pawn. Robots now dispute the fate of humanity without bothering to consider what humans might want, and then use Hari to carry out their plans. And Hari goes along, even when he realizes he's being manipulated. R. Daneel Olivaw is now the ultimate villain, ruthlessly doing whatever it takes to impose his "ultimate solution" on the universe. Genocide, the deliberate destruction of the Galactic Empire, suppression of human knowledge and creativity, it's all here. The destruction of a vast accumulation of human historical records are reminiscent of the book burning indulged in by Hitler's Nazis. R. Daneel thinks nothing of wiping the memory of anybody who threatens his grand scheme. It's all very "logical" in a sense, but totally unthinkable.
One absurd scene features Dors, a "female" robot, and Lodovic, a "male" robot, heading off toward Trantor in a space vehicle together. They maintain their "human" sub-routines (out of habit. Can robots have habits? Silly.) and the writing clearly implies that "feelings" are at work here. They talk, rather than communicate via microwave. They simulate expressions and emotional responses though these are clearly not called for. There are no humans on board. One can only imagine a sequel in which we are treated to robot love-making, with a little mechanical sperm cell fertilizing a little metallic ovum, leading to the birth of a little robot infant. Ridiculous.
This may be one robot's utopian dream, but it comes across as my worst nightmare. I won't tell you what happens at the end, but I will tell you what doesn't. Nobody smashes R. Daneel into a pile of little metal fragments. That, however, is exactly what should have happened. As it is, the book has lots of maneuvering, and every time the plot gets a new complication, it gets a new robotic sect as the cause, but there is little real action and the ending is completely unsatisfying. Brin ties up lots of loose ends, but he leaves lots of others. Open door for further sequels? I hope not! This story is a perversion of the original "Foundation" trilogy. The only reason I have given it two stars is because the writing is technically competent. It's clear from some of the other reviews here that some people liked this series in general, and Brin's finale in particular, but I didn't. I recommend that if you haven't read this already, don't.
Hugo and Nebula award winner David Brin seems to be the man to continue the saga !
According to psychohistory a tiny colony of mathematicians and psychologists, the Foundation, should take over when the old empire crumples and dies.
Unfortunately, pertubations will nudge the psychohistorical parameters - knocking the Seldon plan off course. For that purpose a shadowy elite of "demigods" is set up to protect the plan. And beyond all that yet another layer for the future of humanity.
The plan set up by R. Daneel Olivaw. A plan that uses the other plans to buy time before this master plan can come into effect. In the Olivaw master plan humanity is changed into a GAIA like structure called the Galaxia superorganism - Every human soul in contact with every other one. All knowledge shared instantly. All misunderstandings erased. All unified into the vast unified web.
But there are snakes in paradise : "..... that is the essential horror of the Zeroth law, serve abstract humnity while allowing trillions of real people to die...", said R. Lodovic.
The real reason the empire is falling is because you, Daneel, wants to get rid of the Galactic bureaucracy. - the grey class. No small meddlers to interfere with Olivaw's masterplan that turns humanity into Galaxia.
And in the end Brin even tells us what it all ends with. Simply, this book couldn't have been any better !
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