Foundation and Chaos (Second Foundation Series #2)

Foundation and Chaos (Second Foundation Series #2)

by Greg Bear
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Foundation and Chaos 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
JUST LIKE READING ASIMOV. BEAR SHOWS HIS VERSATILITY AND STRENGTH.GREAT JOB. TIES IN WITH THE LONG WINDED FIRST OF THE SERIES AND SETS UP THE LAST VERY WELL. IF YOU HAVE READ THE ROBOT SERIES AND THE FOUNDATION SERIES BY ASIMOV THIS IS A MUST. THE OTHER TWO BOOKS OF THE SECOND SERIES ARE UNNECESSARY.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Not bad with the Robot interaction.
Alastair_Browne More than 1 year ago
Foundation and Chaos should be the third book, after Isaac Asimov's "Prelude to Foundation" and "Forward to Foundation." It fits well with these, rather than Benford's "Foundation's Fear." I have done a review of "Foundation's Fear," gave it a one star, and rated it as a poor novel that nobody, especially the Foundation fans should read, or even buy. I stand behind this. Benford's book died a quick and deserved death. Greg Bear's book, Foundation and Chaos, by contrast, is a vast improvement. It gets back on track with the Foundation series. It takes place after "Forward the Foundation," and contains several plots, along with a conclusion where the two Foundations are finally established, paving the way for Isaac Asimov's trilogy. Before I go into this, I will point out that the two sims, Voltaire and Joan of Arc are in this book, but only mentioned in a total of 10 to 15 pages. If you ignore those references, you will still have a complete book. Personally, I think Greg Bear should edit these out in future editions, but being part of "The Second Foundation Trilogy," Bear just had to include these. He does offer a good explanation of them as where one of the characters, a robot, does research on robots at a library on Trantor, and the Sims, the Memes, were created to preserve history, but a couple of them were released in the computer, and later, on fields and plasmas in the universe, so you don't have to read Benford's book to have an understanding of this (and by all means, please don't). One other error was the mention of the planet Nak, the largest inhabited planet in the galaxy, a gas giant four million kilometers wide. A planet that large is impossible to inhabit, because it is a gas giant, and the gravity, along with the gas, is so great, that it would crush any living being like a pancake. There are several plots and new characters, and thy do intertwine. It ends with the two Foundations being established, and it is a fitting addition to the "Prelude to Foundation Trilogy." Also note the title, "Foundation and Chaos." The Chaos worlds are those worlds that realize the empire is deteriorating, and attempt to establish their own separate cultures and civilizations, separate from the empire. However, the empire makes an attempt to suppress these worlds and get them back into the fold. The book doesn't say whether or not they succeed. This is only the second book in the actual new series, and "Foundation's Triumph," by David Brin follows, but that goes into the category of Asimov's two books, "Foundation's Edge," and "Foundation and Earth," covering a whole new concept.
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