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Closure for the foundation series
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2020
Although Foundation and Earth was not Isaac Asimov's last Foundation novel, it was the final installment temporally. After Golan had made his decision in favor of Gaia, he immediately questioned his decision and decides that finding Earth is necessary to address his concerns. What follows is a rambling galactic road trip that heads away from the foundation, first to a planet preferring its status as allied, rather than within the foundation. Then it on to the spacer worlds and eventually it earth itself where Golan learns about the subtle influences on him throughout. In a flash of insight, he decides again on the fate of the galaxy.
Asimov drew heavily on his earlier robot series to weave a history of the origin of the galactic empire that encompasses all his earlier works into a seamless timeline. Given the period in which this tale was composed, relative to earlier works, he also makes liberal use of relaxed cultural mores, especially in the of sex. Perhaps the biggest criticism of the series, especially the later works is that Asimov draws a distinction between computers versus robots. As such, robots are vilified (most of the time), while computers are extensively utilized. Lastly, the Gaian concept has not aged well and may not be familiar to younger audiences (it was a very topical during this period).