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From Barnes & NobleTwo of the most interesting novels this month look to the past, but in different ways. Greg Bear's Foundation and Chaos is the second volume in the "new Foundation trilogy" based on Isaac Asimov's classic series (once voted the best science fiction series of all time). The first was Gregory Benford's Foundation's Fear, and the third will come from David Brin. Bear's novel doesn't break as much new ground in the Foundation universe as Benford's did, but Asimov fans will probably find this account of the political fortunes of psychohistorian Hari Seldon to be more closely in keeping with Asimov's own fiction. In one key courtroom scene, Bear even includes most of the dialogue from "The Psychohistorians," the first chapter in Asimov's original Foundation novel.