As for me, I am finished.' With these words, a frail, dying Hari Seldon completes his life's work.
The old man has just recorded messages for the Time Vault of the First Foundation.
Psychohistory's Seldon Plan is unleashed, propelled by the ponderous momentum of destiny.
Younger hands will now take up the task. For the first time in his life, Seldon is no longer watched, nurtured and guided by robots and he retires to a corner of the Imperial Park to garden.
The Seldon plan has three possible outcomes. None of them fills him with joy but he is consoled by the thought that any of the three is better than the chaos that would have happened without him.
But the future still holds some surprises for Hari Seldon...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 02/03/2000
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781841490007
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Review by JohnFair
This is the final book in the Foundation trilogy filling in the bits of Hari Seldon's life undocumented by Asimov himself. Like the earlier books in the series, it takes a deeper look at the background consipracies that had kept the Empire stable for 12 millennia and even attempts to look at possible explanations for the great metal Cities of Earth and the mysongenist Spacer worlds. Brin references work throughout Asimov's Foundation and Empire series whether or not they were particularly relevant but it has been interesting to see them as I'm sure I didn't catch them when I first read the book :-)