Foundation's Fear (Second Foundation Series #1)

Foundation's Fear (Second Foundation Series #1)

by Gregory Benford
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Foundation's Fear (Second Foundation Series #1) 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the classic Foundation trilogy and Issac Asimov's postquels (Foundation's Edge and Foundation and Earth) and his 2 prequels (Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation) and enjoyed their epic adventures. However, the books left much unanswered about Hari Seldon---the mathematician cum prophet who finds order within the chaos that is human society. Basically, by refining complex mathematical tools, his group is able to predict the future as a set of probabilities. Set in the time of Hari Seldon's youth, this is the first in a trilogy of books. In contrast to Issac Asimov's dry writing style, this shows a much more human galaxy---such human emotions as lust, jockeying for power and fear are on display. Such core concepts as free will versus predestination also figure in the text. It's definitely not for everyone, especially if you prefer the writing style of the classic Foundation series, but I enjoy this trilogy immensely, in fact more than the original, because of the human touch in these novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book can be described as greed. To put out this boring drivel as part of Azimov's foundation series is only to make money. Come on, Joan of Arc and Volitare 20,000+ years in the future in a debate? Unreadable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book, but also found it tedius in the sections with Voltaire and Joan. Too many words which say too little. The parts I did like very much related to R. Daneel Oliva and the other robots role in the Foundation universe. It's worth while to read.
Alastair_Browne More than 1 year ago
I love Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy. I've read one other book by Gregory Benford, "Timescape," and that's pretty good! As far as "Foundation's Fear" is concerned, It stinks! It's terrible, it's bad, and anyone who owns a copy should throw it in the recycling bin. Don't sell it to a used bookstore. Yes, it's that bad. I know Benford is a physicist, and his own books are probably good, but not this one. First of all, he brings in Voltaire and Joan of Arc as "sims,' holographic images who do nothing but talk and discuss philosophy totally unrelated to the story and plot of the original trilogy. This takes up almost half the book, and it completely throws the whole Foundation series off the track. What have they got to do with the series (and I have read Voltaire's works)?! That is irrelevant. Benford puts too much intellect in this book with these two characters, which has nothing to do with the story, and that contributes to its failure as a good novel. None of it relates to the main idea of the series. Second, as part of the plot (if there is one), the minds of Seldon and Dors are temporarily placed in the bodies of monkeys, also irrelevant (and ridiculous). If that technology exists, couldn't they extend their lives by putting them in humans not yet developed (i.e. babies)?! Anyway, don't bother wasting your time and money on this book. I hope they never reprint it again. As a postscript, Greg Bear's "Foundation and Chaos" is much better. That is worth reading, and also, "Foundation's Triumph" by David Brin. Skip the first book, and consider this new series a "Foundation Duology."
Guest More than 1 year ago
As much as I enjoyed Azimov's Foundation, this book was one of the worst and most boring I ever read. I'm stuck in the middle of the book and still cannot force myself to finish it although I started reading it at least 4 month ago. I just can't go through the debris of cyberspace and see no connection between Seldon and Voltair. (not even mentioning D'Arc).
Anonymous 11 months ago
Wormhole travel was a nice addition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this book. It really did not contribute anything meaningful to the series. My recommendation is...skip it!
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