FOUNDATION'S TRIUMPH description and bonus information
ISAAC ASIMOV'S BRILLIANCE LIVES ON
"I liked Foundation's Triumph a lot!" -- Janet Asimov
Authorized by the Isaac Asimov estate, the Second Foundation Trilogy continues Isaac Asimov's famous Robots and Foundation universes. Gregory Benford started the series with his book Foundation's Fear, which tells the origins of Hari Seldon, the Foundation's creator. Greg Bear's Foundation and Chaos, the second book in the series, relates the epic tale of Seldon's downfall and the first stirrings of robotic rebellion.
David Brin's the concluding volume wraps up all of the loose ends, incorporting notes and clues left by Isaac himself. Foundation's Triumph carries Isaac Asimov's epic universe to its logical (and satisfying) conclusion.
Hari Seldon is about to escape and risk everything for one final quest -- a search for knowledge and the power it bestows. The outcome of this final journey may secure humankind's future -- or witness its final downfall.
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As a treat for those of you who have already read Foundation's Triumph, you can see the famed "denouement" that never got included at the end. But be warned! This is a major spoiler alert! No cheating, please! This little lagniappe is just for those who've finished the book, and want a taste of how the adventure could continue...
[image of David Brin, Greg Bear & Gregory Benford from Stewart Blandon]
"While I will generally never read additional novels not by the original writer, I decided to give these a shot because I also had read Benford, Bear, and Brin (Brin being one of my favorite authors). They are very well done and give a satisfaction to those who felt left hanging by many loose ends in the Foundation series. Brin's novel I feel was the best of the three." -- Amazon.com customer review
"While Benford and Bear introduced many concepts which were foreign to Asimov's universe, David Brin has provided a worthy successor to Asimov's works in the form of Foundation's Triumph. What Brin seems to have done, is gone back and re-read the 14 novels and myriad short stories Asimov wrote, along with the related novels written by Roger MacBride Allen, Gregory Benford and Greg Bear. While reading, Brin seems to have compiled a list of all the incompatibilities and questions which occurred in the books. With master-craftsman skill, Brin has managed to write a relatively short novel which addresses all of these issues and provides reasonable explanations for nearly all of them.
"In fact, while knowledge of Asimov's books is essential for reading and understanding Foundation's Triumph, the reader does not necessarily have to be familiar with the earlier books in the Second Foundation trilogy to enjoy Brin's novel. Certainly, some of the events which occurred in Foundation's Fear and Foundation and Chaos form the background to Foundation's Triumph, but their importance can be gleaned from the context Brin includes. -- SFsite.com review
"Yes, the repeated casual allusions to Asimov's work are wonderful. The ability to fit things in with Asimov's world is wonderful. But most wonderful of all is that Brin has managed to write a story which develops the Foundation in a direction consistent with the way Asimov worked himself when he wrote and overcome some of the problems that the Good Doctor's later Foundation books introduced.
"And like any good writer, Brin has left the door open for sequels. In particular, what will happen after the end of Foundation and Earth, when Daneel finds himself suddenly confronted with people from his own past? And there's the story of how Gaia fails to develop yet to write.
"I should point out that Brin even integrates Asimov's other fiction in a fashion consistent with the way the Good Doctor did it: old stories, even legends, handed down and possibly distorted over the age but stumbled across (or cherished) by our heroes." -- Asimovreviews.net review
COVERS FROM OUTSIDE THE U.S.
Here are a collection of covers for Foundation's Triumph from its foreign and foreign-language publications.