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Formato: Libro de bolsillo
Foundation's Edge (Foundation Novels) is the immediate sequel to the Foundation Trilogy, written some 30 years after the original series. The first two thirds of the story renews the jealous pursuit of the Second Foundation by the First. Woven in nice counterpoint, the Second Foundation finds itself in a crisis. These two threads are pursued with considerable momentum in a madcap three way chase in which the three main characters strive to discover Earth, the Second Foundation, and a mysterious third power in the Galaxy, simultaneously!
Alas, when the mysterious third power, Gaia, is found, things go rapidly downhill. At this point, the plot devolves into an extensive description of a planet that has become a single conscious entity, with every person and object joined via telepathy. To provide some relief from this endless discussion, one 23-year-old, organically human, female portion of Gaia, named Bliss, becomes romantically, sexually, and unbelievably involved with Pelorat, a well-aged, naive Earth-lore scholar. Neither of these developments sustains the drama and excitement of the first part of the book, and the explorations of the psychological and philosophical aspects of Gaia seem interminable.
I consider this book marginally successful as an extension of the original trilogy. Overall, it's a moderately good SciFi read. However, from my own perspective, I would limit the Foundation Series to the two prequels ( Prelude to Foundation (Foundation, Book 1) and Forward the Foundation ) plus the original trilogy ( The Foundation Trilogy ). If forced to choose only three books, I'd stick with the original trilogy, which rank among the very best science fiction novels.
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The least appealing feature of "Foundation's Edge" is the character of I/we/Gaia itself. Gaia is a very strange mix of power/helplessness and competence/incompetence that results from an extension or the Laws of Robotics and robots' telepathic abilities into the realm of "human" life. The resulting entity can use mental power to manipulate the physical universe, but at the same time is unable to decide whether it is the proper future for all of humanity. In this connection, the mighty Gaia relies on a single human being, Golan Trevize, who (supposedly) has the uncanny ability to make right decisions on the basis of inadequate information. Until the time setting of this book, Gaia has secretly reinforced the Seldon Plan, making the plan proceed more smoothly than could be expected. From the time of this story into the future, the Seldon Plan becomes a meaningless shell. The First Foundation and the Second Foundation are deluded into thinking that each is exclusively guiding humanity, while in the background, Gaia (with occasional help from Trevize) will be building the true future.