Foundation and Chaos (Second Foundation Trilogy)

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Isaac Asimov's Foundation series is known to millions of readers throughout the world. Before he died, however, he made it clear that there were areas he had not explored. Greg Bear now takes up that challenge and an epic story of galactic intrigue and incredible science takes a staggering new twist.

Hari Seldon's life's work is about to come to an end. The science of psychohistory he has developed can be refined no more, and the plans for the Foundation, which will steer mankind through the dark centuries ahead, are complete. But it may all be for nothing if the political factions on Trantor succeed in destroying Hari's work. Accused of treason against the Galactic Empire, the most important trial of all time is about to begin . . .

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This is book number two in the new Second Foundation Trilogy being written by hard science-fiction authors Gregory Benford, Greg Bear and David Brin, otherwise known as the "Killer B's". In this book, Bear continues where Benford's Foundation's Fear left off, as the trial of legendary psychohistorian Hari Seldon is about to begin. Bear writes with a style uncannily similar to Foundation creator Isaac Asimov's, and he even manages to incorporate some of Asimov's own writing in the novel. Aside from the trial, Bear also focuses on the nearly immortal robots that serve the Foundation, including R. Daneel Olivaw, who is set to guide one of the Foundation's first great undertakings. But Olivaw runs into trouble from an unexpected quarter, his best operative, Lodovik Trema, whose positronic brain has been irrevocably altered in a strange accident that has given him freedom from the supposedly immutable laws of robotics. -- Craig Engler, Amazon.com

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It took a long time for the future to get history. Robert Heinlein did a chart. Then, in 1942, Isaac Asimov began the Foundation series, and the future took shape: hills, chasms, paths, cities, dark ages and bright. It was a story we could walk into. Now it's time to take another step ( John Clute)

This is book number two in the new Second Foundation Trilogy being written by hard science-fiction authors Gregory Benford, Greg Bear and David Brin, otherwise known as the "Killer B's". In this book, Bear continues where Benford's Foundation's Fear left ( Craig Engler, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW)

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