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The hunt for the 2nd foundation
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2018
Isaac Asimov's Second Foundation completes the original Foundation trilogy. With the first Foundation regaining itself after book 2, a cabal seeks to uncover the mystery of the second Foundation. Advancing science has uncovered evidence of subtle neural manipulation that suggest second foundation influence. Plans are made rifle the data locked away in the Mule's former palace. This leads to megalomania on the part of the Kalgan ruler (the Mule's former stomping grounds) to make a power play against the Foundation. A young girl gets in on the action through the actions of her father and stowaways to Kalgan and eventually spends time on Trantor as war brakes out between Kalgan and the Foundation. The first Foundation's worst fears seem to come true with evidence of second Foundation tampering with minds of the first. Eventually the masterplan is uncovered and Hari Seldon's trajectory seems back on course.
As with book 2, the scheming of the second Foundation is discussed, although the details are not revealed until the end, but everything hinges on probabilities and formulas embedded in Seldon's original work. At the heart is the notion that if people believe an invisible hand is guiding them, then they tend to become too complacent for their own good.